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 summer 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, as this cannot be waived due to federal regulations.


Late January - Mid March:  Virtual Information session available for viewing
Late January - Mid February: Live Zoom information sessions (see session schedule below)
March 16, 2021: Application Deadline
Mid April: Award notifications
Late May: Awards distributed

Information Sessions (Required)

In order to be eligible for Career Center funding, prospective applicants must attend one live Zoom information session offered or view the virtual information session. Please see CareerConnections or see below for live Zoom information session dates.

Virtual Information Session

You must follow the instructions provided at the end of the presentation in order to verify that you have watched the entire video. 

[Virtual information session coming soon!]

Live Zoom Information Sessions for Spring 2021

Monday, January 25  10:00-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 28  12:00-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3  12:00-1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 4  9:00-10:00 a.m.

Monday, February 8  1:00-2:00 p.m.

Friday, February 12  12:00-1:00 p.m.

Monday, February 15 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 18  9:00-10:00 a.m.

Internship Funding Live Zoom Q&A Sessions

Finish getting your application together and get answers to last-minute questions online. Select a time below to join the live session.


Wednesday, February 24 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 2  3:00-4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 8  10:00-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 11 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 15  12:00-2:00 p.m.


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 (example: 6 weeks at 40 hours per week)
  • Supervision from a professional in the organization
  • Less than $1,500 (gross pay, international currency equivalent) compensation
  • 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)
  • In-person and remote opportunities are both eligible for funding

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 they 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 
  • Tuition-based experiences
  • 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 March 16, 2021. No exceptions.  Late applications will not be accepted.
Applications are held to the Duke University Standard. Complete details will be available in the fall.
To apply:

  1. Applicants must attend a live information session or view the virtual session to be eligible
  2. Applicant must upload and submit the following documents to the Internship Funding Program job posting in CareerConnections:
    1. Personal statement
    2. Resume
    3. Unofficial transcript (screenshot of ACES accepted in pdf format)
  3. Applicants must submit the following items online via the appropriate Qualtrics surveys (Application opens late January 2021)
    1. Official application form, including budget(s)
    2. Employer verification form for each internship included on application

Selection Process

A committee of Career Center counselors, Duke faculty and other Duke administrators evaluate applications.  Emphasis is placed on application, 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 given 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
  • Submit reflective essay at the conclusion of the internship (to be forwarded to the donor)
  • Submit two photos that document your internship experience (to be forwarded to the donor and shared through the Career Center's social media)
  • Participate in a post-internship reception (September)
  • 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 jeopardize current and future funding.