StartupConnect Summer Entrepreneurs Network


StartupConnect Summer Entrepreneurs Network connects entrepreneurial Duke students and alumni in cities across the country for networking and educational events focused on entrepreneurship. This program was developed to enhance students’ summer internship experiences in cities that have a high concentration of Duke alumni entrepreneurs. We currently have active communities in the Bay Area, Durham, New York City, Miami, and Austin.

Each city has programming that is organized and run by Duke alumni volunteers. Students enjoy a welcome and closing dinner, weekly dinners with other students, workshops, speaking events, local Duke alumni events, social events such as trips to baseball games, and tours of local startups. This is an excellent opportunity for students to access a supportive network of Duke students and alumni, get to know the local entrepreneurial community, and learn more about entrepreneurship.

StartupConnect Summer Entrepreneurs Network 2015

How it works

  • Students first line up an internship and secure their summer plans. This is the responsibility of the student. StartupConnect Summer Entrepreneurs Network provides networking and social support (i.e. networking events, workshops, fun outings with other Duke students and alumni) for students who are interning in one of the five participating cities. This program does not provide internships, stipends, or housing.
  • Students can sign up at this link to be included in the group and mailing list for the city where they will intern.

Sign Up Here


Is there an application process?

No, there is no application process but you are required to sign up. The StartupConnect Summer Entrepreneurs Network is a community that you can elect to participate in during your summer internship with a startup. After you have lined up your internship and finalized your summer plans, please sign up so that we can include you in our programming.

Sign Up Here

How do I find an internship?

You are responsible for finding your own internship and securing your summer plans. StartupConnect Summer Entrepreneurs Network does not provide internship matching. However, we can point you to these great resources:

  • The StartupConnect Networking Fair is an excellent place to meet startups and learn more about job and internship postings. Learn more here.
  • View startup job postings on Duke’s systems:
    • eRecruiting
      • Log in with your student log-in
      • Use “1-Click Search” to search “StartupConnect” companies to find startups!
    • Fuqua GTS (Fuqua students only)
      • Fuqua Students, log onto FuquaWorld and click on CareerCompass
      • Next, go to Fuqua GTS
      • Look for job postings with the “StartupConnect” job attribute!

My internship starts after the program launch date of June 1st, can I still participate?

Yes! Please be sure to sign up if you will be interning in one of our participating cities within that time frame. You can participate any time. If your internship ends before the program ends, that is also ok.

Does this program provide housing?

No. There are no housing options available through this program. Please be sure to secure your summer plans before letting us know where you will be interning.

Are any stipends available to supplement my summer income?

No. There are no stipends available through this program. Please be sure to coordinate compensation with your internship provider.

I’m a Duke alum working at a startup in one of your participating cities and I’m interested in participating. How do I get involved?

Great! We welcome your participation! To learn more, contact Howie Rhee at

What happened to the Summer Innovation Program?

The Summer Entrepreneurs Network is the same program, but it now has a new name that helps identify it as part of our StartupConnect suite of programs for students interested in startups.