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Be a Big DEAL (DukeEngage Academy Leader)

...at the 2017 Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy, May 9th - 10th

DukeEngage immersion programs begin with a pre-departure service academy comprised of a series of experiential preparation workshops.  The primary goal of the sessions and workshops are to prepare participants to begin thinking about their service placements, how to best prepare for cross-cultural, logistical, and ethical challenges, as well as develop community with faculty, site coordinators, and fellow DukeEngage participants.  The Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy is an intensive intellectual and community building retreat facilitated by DukeEngage staff, experts from the field, faculty, and Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy Leaders (DEALs).

DEALs are DukeEngage student alumni who are interested in sharing their "lessons from the field" through panel discussions, storytelling, and informal conversations. Many students participating in DukeEngage have attributed their success to DEALs that enriched their experience. Academy leaders will facilitate activities and work with student participants as they process workshops.  Additionally, DEALs support  the logistical needs of the academy. We are looking for both individual and group program participants as well as students that have had domestic and international placements. 


  • Participate in DukeEngage alumni panel and storytelling with the local non-profit, The Monti
  • Co-facilitate academy sections and debrief with assigned cohort (to be assigned as needed)
  • Have the opportunity to meet and guide VIPs through the DukeEngage Academy
  • Create an atmosphere of excitement and encouragement for your student participants; answer questions, foster community and support students in their pre-departure preparation
  • DEALs (program participant alumni) will have some time for peer sharing with program participants
  • Logistical support  (set up and break down of large group events)

DEALs are expected to work for the entirety of The Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy 7:30am-7pm on Tuesday, May 9th and WEdnesday , May 10th. DEALs will be given special permission to remain in the residence halls unti Thursdayl , May 11th at noon.  Meals will be provided during the Academy.

TIMELINE for 2017 DEAL Program:

  • Application Opens: Friday, February 3rd, 2017
  • Priority Application Deadline: Sunday, February 21st, 2017
  • Priority Interviews: Monday, February 279th - 2nd, 2017
  • Secondary & RIPP-Engage Fellows Application Deadline: Sunday, February 26th, 2017
  • Final Team DEAL Announcement: Friday, March 8th, 2017
  • Mandatory Team DEAL Retreat & Training: Sunday, April 9th, 2017
  • Assistance with Work Days: a couple of hours during Reading Day or the Friday before the Academy
  • Pre-Academy Meeting: the evening of Monday, May 8th

If you have questions or concerns please contact .