A new nationwide network is bringing together Duke University alumni and current students during summer internship experiences. The StartupConnect Summer Entrepreneurs Network – formerly called the Summer Innovation Program – offers networking and social support to students who have secured their own summer internship opportunities, giving students access to alumni who can offer guidance and knowledge about making entrepreneurship work. Networks exist in Durham, New York City, Miami, California’s Bay Area, and Austin.
Alumni in each city develop the programming, including dinners with students, workshops, speaking events, and social engagements, including baseball games and tours of local startup companies.
In addition to the Summer Entrepreneurs Network, Duke I&E hosts an annual StartupConnect Networking Fair which offers resources and information about available jobs and internship slots. This year’s fair featured more than 30 startup companies and was attended by more than 300 students.
Response to this year’s event was overwhelmingly positive.
“Overall, the feedback we received was great,” said Marie-Angela Della Pia, I&E program coordinator for co-curricular activities. “Students really appreciate getting to meet entrepreneurs in the informal setting, and our employers were really pleased with the event.” Specific job openings are available to students on Duke’s eRecruiting site and Fuqua GTS.
Alumni interested in participating in the Summer Entrepreneurs Network or the Networking Fair should contact Della Pia at firstname.lastname@example.org.