Career Center

Internship Funding Program

The Duke Career Center’s Internship Funding Program aims to reduce the financial challenges associated with participating in a wide range of low-paying or unpaid internships, thereby achieving the following objectives:

  • Facilitating student participation in experiential career exploration
  • Expanding the diversity of internship opportunities in which Duke students participate

Through the generosity of corporate, individual and class donors, we are able to offer competitive grants ranging from $600 to $3,000 for students who accept unpaid or low-paying internships.
*Please note: This award is taxable income, therefore taxes will be withheld at the time of distribution. Please plan accordingly, due to federal regulations this cannot be changed .

Awards are available in the following categories:

  • Unrestricted (any employment sector)
  • Service
  • Health service
  • Durham service (service internships in the Durham community during the summer months)
  • NEW - Fund for International Students receiving Need-based Financial Aid

Late January: Virtual information session available for viewing
Late January, Early February: In-person information sessions 
Early February: Application opens (note: employer component available immediately, below)
March 2 Application deadline
Early April: Award notification
Late April: Awardees must attend Ready, Set, Intern workshop
Mid-May: Awards distributed

Information Sessions (Required)

In order to be eligible for Career Center funding, prospective applicants must attend one information session offered.  Please see the Career Center Event Calendar or see below.
Virtual Information Session
You may view the virtual information session in lieu of participating in an in-person session but you must follow the instructions provided at the end of the presentation in order to verify that you have watched the entire video.

In-person Information Sessions for Spring 2015:

  • January 26, 2015:  11:00 – 11:30 a.m., 177 Smith Warehouse
  • January 27, 2015:  12:00 – 12:30 p.m., 177 Smith Warehouse
  • January 28,  2015:  2:00 – 2:30 p.m., 177 Smith Warehouse
  • February 2, 2015:  4:30-5:00 p.m., 177 Smith Warehouse

Eligible students:

  • Are currently enrolled undergraduates in good standing at Duke University who will be enrolled in the fall following their internship (Good standing applies to academics, conduct and student accounts.)
  • Have attended one information session, including the virtual option
  • Agree to the terms of the Internship Funding Program (see below)
  • Application submitted to an internship(s) is a prerequisite for applying.

Eligible internships:

  • 240 hours or more of supervised experience, completed during the summer (equivalent to 6 weeks at 40 hours per week)
  • Supervision from a professional in the organization
  • Less than $1,500 (gross pay, international currency equivalent)
  • If the internship takes place abroad, students must comply with the University’s International Travel Policy, including the Restricted Regions List (waiver of restriction is sometimes possible)

Additionally, internships must:

  • Provide an opportunity for intellectual growth, development of knowledge and skills specific to a career or career setting; exploration of career options and understanding of career pathways; acquisition of transferable professional skills (e.g., communication, coping with ambiguity, teamwork, time management, interpersonal skills, goal setting)
  • Address the applicant's specific learning goals as relate to furthering career exploration/development, enhancing academic skills/knowledge, and advancing self-knowledge

Applicants may apply for consideration of up to three qualifying internships. Funding may only be applied to the internship(s) indicated in the application.

Non-eligible experiences:

  • Fee-based volunteer programs 
  • Courses or training programs without an experiential learning component equivalent to that described above

Application Process
All application materials must be complete and submitted by early March 2. No exceptions.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications are held to the Duke University Standard. For complete details, see the Internship Funding Program's "job" listing in Duke eRecruiting (search for Internship Funding Program under Employer Search).

To apply:
   Reminder: Applicants must have attended the required information session or viewed the virtual session to be eligible

  1. Applicant must submit the following documents via eRecruiting:
    • Personal statement (guidelines in eRecruiting)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript (screenshot of ACES accepted in pdf format)
  2. Applicant must submit Online Application Form, (basic personal information, internship information, and budget).
  3. Hiring manager/internship coordinator at organization must submit Employer Verification Form (one form for each internship included in your application, up to 3).

TIP: Compile all budget information before opening the online form.  You will need cost estimates and explanations for the following: housing, food, transportation, utilities, other (one budget for each internship included in your application).  Your budget should reflect a realistically conservative assessment of the financial needs associated with this experience.
Please note: The award will be taxed, therfore, you should account for this when budgeting your summer.

Costs not covered: meals at restaurants (unless access to market and/or cooking facilities is very limited), entertainment, electronic equipment (unless related to ADA accommodations), other items deemed by the Career Center as outside of the scope of the program.

Stop by the Career Center during Drop-in Advising hours for assistance navigating eRecruiting.

Selection Process
A committee of Career Center counselors, Duke faculty and other Duke administrators evaluate applications.  Emphasis is placed on applicants’ personal statement with support from the resume, transcript, and employer form.  A competitive application is one that successfully demonstrates the applicants understanding of the link between her/his goals, past experiences, and the opportunities afforded by the internship(s) in question. Consideration is also give to how well an applicant’s proposed internship experience advances the objectives of the program as outlined above.  Rising Juniors and Seniors will receive priority consideration for this award along with applicants who have not received the Career Center’s award in the past.

Terms and Conditions of the Career Center Internship Funding Program
Awards are NOT transferable to internships outside of the scope of the application.
If selected for an award, applicants agree to:

  • Write a thank you letter to the donor
  • Attend an internship preparation workshop (in April)
  • Submit reflective essay at the conclusion of the internship (to be forwarded to the funder)
  • Participate in a post-internship reception (September)
  • Submit an entry about your internship to the Internship Feedback Database
  • Terms for international travel may differ based upon destination and university policies
  • Additional terms and conditions outlined in the Internship Funding Program's handbook

All criteria is required and are conditions of the funding. Failure to comply with conditions will jeapordize current and future funding.