The Annual Fund Phonathon Program provides jobs for Duke undergraduate and graduate students interested in helping the university raise money for the Annual Fund.


What is the Duke Annual Fund?

The Duke Annual Fund is made up of thousands of flexible gifts from Duke's loyal alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends. In 2015-16, gifts from nearly 60,000 donors added up to $37.5 million in unrestricted support. These contributions benefit Duke students, paying for financial aid awards, faculty salaries, computer and laboratory equipment, course development, classroom renovations, student research projects, summer internship stipends, exhibitions in the museum, repairs in the chapel, and so much more.

Student Caller

The primary responsibility of our student development representatives is telephoning alumni and parents to ask for Annual Fund contributions.

Who We're Looking For

  • Diligent, detail-oriented students
  • Ability to work two, 3.5 hour shifts a week
  • Work study is NOT a requirement
  • Strong, English, oral communication skills


Why do we call?

Student development representatives play an important role in increasing participation among alumni and parents, while also establishing connections with those who aren't able to come back to campus.

“I've been with the Phonathon for six semesters. I come back every semester because I love being part of a community of students who love Duke and its alumni."—Lacey, T'17

“The Phonathon community is such a supportive, fun group of people. The calling room is always filled with welcoming faces and entertaining stories. It's so fun hearing from alumni about their experiences at Duke and beyond!"— Rachel, T'16

“I will never take my experience at the Duke Phonathon off of my resume. Potential employers love to hear about the confidence, teamwork, and hard work that being a development representative in university fundraising has given me.”— Amber, T'13

Where and when do we work?

WHERE: Garage of the Graduate School office at 2127 Campus Drive.
WHEN:  Sunday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. year-round
                  Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. during the spring and fall semesters.

One of the most rewarding jobs on campus

  • Bonuses and prizes available throughout the semester
  • Network with Duke alumni and parents
  • Hone professional skills relevant to sales, marketing, fundraising,and public relations
  • Opportunities for promotions available
  • Strong addition to any resume or graduate school application
  • Starting salary of $10.00 per hour
  • Make a difference at Duke for yourself and your peers



The Duke Annual Fund would like to say thank you to the following local businesses for supporting our Phonathon students:

140 Salon and Blow Dry Bar
Chick-fil-A Hillsborough Road
Juju Durham