Thank you for your interest in offering internships to Duke students. The below document outlines shared expectations for our internship sites, undergraduate students, and the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.
What I&E Expects from Internship Sites
– Innovative & entrepreneurial focus – Experience responsibilities should allow students to explore innovative ideas and translate those to positively impact individuals, communities, institutions, and societies. Students should have some kind of deliverable from the internship that connects to these concepts.
– Immersive learning – Internships should allow students to apply their knowledge from previous coursework and experiences in a real world setting.
– Skill development – All experiences should provide the opportunity to gain the transferrable skills necessary to succeed in a professional environment.
– Professional knowledge – Students should be able to expand their insight into a field of interest and begin networking with industry-leading professionals.
– Personal development – Internship site should support students in advancing their decision-making skills, confidence, teamwork, and understanding of self.
What to Expect from Duke Students
– General knowledge & skills – Students take courses across a variety of fields of study and therefore have a strong set of general skills. They may require support in the development of skills specific to the industry.
– Willingness to contribute – Undergraduates will still need support from supervisors and mentors to help identify opportunities to make their contribution. Potential projects could include, but are not limited to, analyzing market strategies, creating user campaigns, performing data analysis, developing new procedures for financial reporting.
– Support from the I&E Initiative – Staff can be helpful in supporting the relationship between student and internship site, as well as assisting students in developing general professional etiquette prior to internship opportunity.
– Fill out I&E Engagement form – this includes questions tailored to three different areas of interest: speaking opportunities, mentorship, and internships.
– When submitting an internship opportunity, keep the following in mind:
- Anticipated start date and length of internship
- Job responsibilities
- Any application procedures and deadlines
- Anticipated compensation