This program is organized by Duke faculty/staff and alumni in collaboration with DukeEngage.

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Program Dates

June 17 - August 13

Service Focus

Partnering with nonprofit organizations to address diverse urban challenges facing the Pacific Northwest in collaboration with Duke alumni. 

Program Leaders

  • , Senior Assistant Director for Student Programs and Outreach, DukeEngage
  • , Director of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program, Duke University
  • DukeEngage Seattle Alumni Committee


Language: While there is no language requirement, students who are bilingual or multi-lingual may find their language skills to be useful at their community partner sites depending on the population with which they are working. 

Coursework: Specific prior coursework is not required, however, preference may be given to students who have taken service-learning courses or taken coursework that relates to one of the program scope areas listed below. 

Program Scope

In partnership with the DukeEngage Seattle Alumni Committee, DukeEngage students will volunteer in the nonprofit sector with a variety of nonprofit organizations. Students will serve at their volunteer placement 40 hours a week while contributing to the mission and needs of the organizations. There will be opportunities to be placed with organizations that promote and support projects related to: social justice, the environment, youth empowerment, food security and hunger, financial empowerment, workforce development, minority and immigrant advocacy, urban planning, disability rights and awareness, adoption and the foster care system, urban agriculture and community gardens, and civic engagement. Students will have an opportunity throughout the program to meet and interact with Duke alumni living in Seattle. Through service placements as well as immersive educational and cultural opportunities, students will gain an understanding of the host of unique issues related to the region.  

The largest city in the Pacific Northwest region, Seattle is also the fastest-growing major city in the United States according to the last census. Located between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington and about 100 miles south of the Canadian border, Seattle occupies a unique place geographically and culturally in the United States. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle’s 98118 zip code (in the Columbia City neighborhood) is one of the most diverse ZIP Codes in the United States.  

While Seattle is home to many recognizable international companies (Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, Nordstrom, etc.), Seattle, like most major urban centers faces challenges with how to approach sustainable urban planning, encourage workforce development and employment, provide greater access to health and wellness care, address a lack of affordable housing, acknowledge and reconcile racial injustices, ensure all have access to healthy and nutritious food, break down barriers to educational opportunities for youth and more. Students will be serving with community partners working to address these challenges in the Seattle community and greater Northwest region.

To see this program profile in its entirety, please access the PDF document in the column to the right. 

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  • The PDF above details the DukeEngage in Seattle program in its entirety. All program details, including program dates, are subject to change leading up to the point of departure.

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