Duke Career Center Internship Funding Program for Undergraduate Students
- Application of academic principles: Participants will be applying the concepts taught in the Duke curriculum in real-world practice through an internship or research project secured by their own means.
- Professional skill development: Participants will gain the professional competencies and soft skills required to enter today’s job market, including successful completion of career relevant projects, development of technical skills, enhancement of communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work autonomously while solving real-world problems, and demonstrating the ability to contribute effectively within a team.
- Awareness of strengths: Participants will complete a strength assessment as part of the Career Center’s Career Catalyst curriculum.
- Impact-oriented networking: Participants will be able to expand their professional networks by connecting with organizational mentors, industry professionals, similarly-minded peers, and leaders within their career fields of interest.
- Insightful reflection: Participants will reflect upon their experiences through group reflection sessions, personal performance assessments, and final reflection essays. Participants will also verbally share insights from their summer experiences with university faculty, staff, and peers.
Summer 2024 Application Information
Application Period Options
- January 22: Virtual Information session available for viewing (Coming soon)
- January 29: Regular Application Period period opens at 8:00 a.m. ET (Coming soon)
- February 29: Regular Application Period deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET
- March 29: Award notifications sent by email
- May 31: Awards distributed
- January 22: Virtual Information session available for viewing (Coming soon)
- March 4: Late Application Period opens at 8:00 a.m. ET (Coming soon)
- April 4: Late Application Period deadline
- April 30: Award notifications sent by email
- June 28: Awards distributed
- In good standing at Duke University (good standing applies to academics, conduct and student accounts)
- Must be a matriculated, continuing student and be enrolled in coursework the fall following their internship (unfortunately, DKU students are not eligible)
- Application submitted to an internship(s) is a prerequisite for applying (extension or acceptance of an offer is not required to apply)
- Agree to the terms of the Internship Funding Program, including required participation in activities (see below)
- Graduating seniors
- Incoming first-year undergraduates
- DKU students and matriculated students from other academic institutions
- Students not enrolled in a degree-earning program at Duke
- Students who have already committed to another Duke summer program (Duke Engage, Bass Connections, Data+, etc.)
- Students receiving full funding from other Duke sources
- Students currently on academic and/or conduct probation
- 240 hours or more of supervised experience completed during the summer
- Supervision and regular feedback from a designated professional within the organization
- Less than $1,500 (gross pay, international currency equivalent) compensation (exceptions may apply for areas with high cost of living expenses)
- If the experience takes place abroad, students must comply with the University’s Global Travel Policy, including the Restricted Regions List (waiver of restriction is sometimes possible and must be granted by university leadership)
- In-person and hybrid opportunities are both eligible for funding. Hybrid opportunities must include a minimum of 2 on-site days per week.
- Applicants may apply for consideration of up to three qualifying internships. Funding may only be applied to the experience(s) indicated in the application. No exceptions.
- Students may not complete other summer programs if participating in the Internship Funding Program. This includes DukeEngage, Bass Connections, Data/Story/etc.+ programs, Duke in Geneva and other “Duke In” programs, as well as other Duke sponsored programs.
- Internships hosted by Duke University departments and offices are not eligible for funding.
- Academic research opportunities (including independent research projects, academic research internships, and summer lab assistant positions) are not eligible for funding.
- Fee-based volunteer programs
- Tuition-based experiences
- Shadowing programs
- Fully remote opportunities or hybrid opportunities that do not meet the 2-day/week onsite requirement
- Paid internships that exceed the $1500 compensation limit
- Academic research opportunities including independent projects, research internships, and summer lab assistant positions held in conjunction with Duke or other academic institutions
- Experiences without regular supervision by a professional
- Duke-sponsored summer programs (including DukeEngage, Bass Connections, Data+, “Duke In…” programs, etc.)
- Experiences that begin and/or end outside of the summer term
- Internships that do not meet all of the eligibility criteria
- Internships with Duke University departments, research labs/groups, academic colleges, or affiliated offices
Internships must meet ALL eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding.
How To Apply
- Watch the virtual information session (Coming soon)
- Go to the Internship Funding Program’s Online Application (Coming soon)
- Review the information on the application’s landing page
- Complete the 4 steps of the application process
- Career Center Internship Funding Program Acknowledgements
- Career Center Internship Funding Program Personal Statement (guidelines for statement)
- Career Center Internship Funding Program Questionnaire
- Duke Experiences Application (includes uploading resume and unofficial transcripts)
- References: This is a common application shared by multiple summer programs on campus. It asks for the contact information for two references. The Internship Funding Program does not use these references when evaluating your application; however, you must complete the information for the application to be accepted by the system. If you are not applying to other Duke Summer programs that use this application, you can enter the names of friends/family since we will not be contacting references.
- All components of the application must be completed by the application deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Program Terms & Conditions
- Awards are not transferable to internships outside of the scope of the application
- Recipients cannot concurrently participate in any other university-sponsored program while completing program
- Recipients must write a thank you letter to the donor upon the conclusion of the experience (to be forwarded to the donor)
- Recipients will submit a reflective essay at the conclusion of the internship (to be forwarded to the donor)
- Recipients will submit two photos that document their internship experience (to be forwarded to the donor and shared through the Career Center’s social media)
- Recipients are required to participate in a mid-summer reflection activities/meetings and post-internship reflection reception
- Recipients are required to submit learning objectives, progression updates, performance reviews, and any additional documentation requested by their site supervisor and Career Center administration
- Terms for international and domestic travel may differ based upon destination and university policies
- Recipient must complete the number of hours indicated on their funding application. Failure to do so will result in the repayment of award.
- All criteria are required and are conditions of the funding. Failure to comply with conditions will result in the repayment of award and will jeopardize future funding
- Recipients are required to immediately notify the Career Center of any changes in summer experience plans
- International students may have their awards taxed at time of distribution per their home country tax laws
- Additional terms and conditions are outlined in the Internship Funding Program’s handbook
Career Center Resources Available for Application Assistance
- 15-minute virtual appointments with IFP program coordinator (for questions about the program and application process; please review Career Hub and information session prior to attending). Email to arrange appointment times.
- Individual appointments with the Career Center’s advising team (for assistance and review of personal statement and resume)
- Drop-ins with Career Center’s advising team (for review of personal statement and resume; 5-10 minute concerns only)
- Handshake recruiting system that includes internship postings and recruiting event information
- Internship search resources
- IFP Coordinator email for questions or concerns not address through above resources (due to volume of email messages received, please allow an average of 24-48 hours for response)
Additional University Funding Sources
- Duke Summer Experiences Database: a centralized listing of university-sponsored summer programs, many of which offer some form of funding. Please note that each program has their own application timeline, deadlines, and processes. If an application deadline has passed, you may still want to reach out to the program coordinator to inquire whether any additional funds are available or if they are accepting late applications.
- Office of Undergraduate Research Support Website: a listing of Duke’s funding programs which includes research, internship, and fellowship awards. Although the URS office maintains the database, each funding source will have its own application procedure, eligibility criteria, and deadlines.
- Your academic department or Duke departments related to the topic of your internship: Some individual departments have alumni gifts that are used to support summer experiences. The funding isn’t part of a formal program so it wouldn’t be included in URS’s database or the Summer Experiences Database. Please note that not all departments or centers have this type of funding, however it may be worth inquiring about.