The DukeEngage experience doesn’t end after the summer program or project is over. Reunion and re-entry events keep students connected and program leaders share ongoing opportunities for continued engagement.
Whether you’re eager to stay connected with your community partner or you’re looking for guidance as you incorporate your experience into your academic path, DukeEngage faculty and staff can offer advice and support.
Fortin Foundation Fall Celebration
The Fortin Foundation Fall Celebration is designed to help each DukeEngage cohort reflect, share, and celebrate lessons learned from a summer of intentional community partnership. Inspirational speakers, group presentations, and a Party with a Purpose encourage students to forge paths of purpose connecting them to the greater Duke community and beyond.
Sophomores and juniors who have participated in DukeEngage and are interested in a second summer of civic engagement focused on issues in the United States are eligible to apply for a fellowship with the Brodhead Service Program.
Through a second eight-week full-time project, Brodhead Fellows contribute to local problem solving, deepen their understanding of social issues, learn about the role of nonprofits in addressing pressing human needs, and strengthen a commitment to civic engagement in their personal and professional lives. Fellows receive individual professional mentoring from Duke alumni, and create an e-portfolio of their civic engagement goals, experiences, and reflections.
Brodhead Fellows receive a living stipend, and the summer earnings requirement is waived for Fellows on financial aid. The program funds up to five students each summer.
The Brodhead Service Program prioritizes:
- Local projects, with an emphasis on partner organizations in Durham and surrounding counties
- Projects that support identified Kenan Charitable Trust grantees:
- Projects with past and current U.S.-based DukeEngage community partners
- Projects with nonprofit organizations in the Southeast region of the United States
- Projects with nonprofit organizations in other regions of the United States
Dear [find the name of a person within the organization to write to]:
I’m writing to ask whether I could be of use to your organization this summer.
I’m a student at Duke University applying for a program called the Brodhead Service Program, an opportunity for a few students who have already completed a summer of full-time work with a community organization to participate in a second summer of engagement. My goal is to contribute to local problem solving, deepen my understanding of social issues, learn about nonprofit organizations, and strengthen my commitment to civic engagement in my personal and professional life.
In-person work is prohibited this summer, but the Brodhead program is supporting virtual projects. If accepted I will receive a fellowship award from DukeEngage, and as such am not allowed to accept compensation from your organization.
[Remind them of your connection with them, or briefly state your interest in their work.]
I have experience with [briefly list any relevant skills or experience]. I’m familiar with a variety of tools that facilitate remote work, including [examples such as Zoom, Slack, Box…], and always willing to learn others.
A few things to note:
- To receive Duke’s support, I need to work full time for eight consecutive weeks between mid-May and mid-August.
- I would need to submit a project description, and know the name of the person supervising me, by March 12th.
If this is at all of interest, I’d love to talk with you by phone or Zoom about potential projects I could support. I look forward to hearing any questions you have. You are also welcome to contact DukeEngage for more information, at email@example.com.
Through a support network of DukeEngage staff, Duke alumni, and partnering professionals, Brodhead Fellows will be supported in developing their own professional and civic identities.
- Duke Alumni Mentors – In collaboration with Duke Alumni Affairs, Fellows will complete a brief profile of personal and professional interests and goals. Based on these profiles, Fellows will be matched with a Duke alumni mentor. The mentor will be a Duke alumnus/a working in the nonprofit or related sectors.
- Leadership Training – Brodhead Fellows will have opportunities for leadership training and professional development, beginning with a one-day kickoff in the spring. Fellows may also be invited to participate in face-to-face or online workshops during the summer, depending on project timeline.
- Projects must be eight weeks long.
- Projects must consist of full-time (at least 35-40 hours per week) virtual work with an established community organization.
- Partner organization must be in the U.S. (see above for priorities)
- Fellows attend a daylong kick-off during the spring semester.
- Fellows participate in ongoing ePortfolio reflection assignments throughout the summer, and submit a completed online portfolio at the end of the summer. Details will be made available during the kick-off.
- During the semester following the summer experience, Fellows may be asked to participate in 1-2 events, such as a reunion between Fellows and mentors or a panel for prospective applicants.
DukeEngage guiDEs are our student leaders. They serve as ambassadors, peer advisors, and representatives.
guiDEs are passionate (and honest) about their experiences, and committed to DukeEngage values.
guiDEs are invited to:
- Share their experiences with prospective DukeEngage applicants
- Advise students throughout the application process
- Participate in special projects
- Speak with Duke alumni and Board members
- Apply to serve as preceptors for the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy ($15/hour)
Telling Your DukeEngage Story
When you return to Duke after a summer of DukeEngage service, you may decide you want to tell your story to others. Writing, illustrating, video, photography — these are all excellent options for deeper reflection. They’re also valuable materials that will contribute to your personal brand now while you are an undergraduate … and in your future career. The reflection work that you create now can become part of your academic portfolio and your professional resume.