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DukeEngage is an eight-week, immersive and collaborative program that places undergraduate Duke students in communities worldwide to address critical social issues. Throughout the summer, students participate in full-time, community-driven work with Duke faculty and local partners to engage a community while learning how communities develop solutions and create change.

Additionally, students will participate in critical reflection throughout their summer experience to reflect upon their work, why the work being done matters, and what it means going forward.

If you missed our general  info sessions, you can watch a recording here.

Upcoming Opportunities

DukeEngage Days – November 9-22, 2022!

45-minute presentations by program leaders, with a chance for Q&A. Don’t miss this chance to hear about each program directly from its leaders. Check out the schedule below.

 

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Information Sessions

DukeEngage is an eight-week, immersive and collaborative program that places Duke students in communities worldwide to address critical social issues. Throughout the summer, students participate in full-time, community-driven work with Duke faculty and local partners to engage a community while learning how communities develop solutions and create change.

Additionally, students will participate in critical reflection throughout their summer experience to reflect upon their work, why the work being done matters, and what it means going forward.

Join us for our info sessions to learn more about the application process and to hear from DukeEngage alums about their summer experience.

  • Tues. 10/4, 4:30 PM – General info session in East Duke 209 Add to calendar
  • Thurs. 10/13, 5:00 PM – General info session in Reuben-Cooke 130 Add to calendar
  • Fri. 10/14, 11:45 AM – Family Weekend Presentation in Penn Pavilion
  • Tues. 10/18, 4:30 PM – General info session in East Duke 209 Add to calendar
  • Mon. 10/24, 5:00 PM – General info session – Virtual via Zoom – Register here
  • Fri. 10/28, 5:00 PM – General info session in Reuben-Cooke 130 Add to calendar 

View a recording of our virtual info session here.

45-minute presentations by program leaders, with a chance for Q&A. Often, students who previously participated in that program will share their experiences.

November 9-22, 2022

 

Wednesday, November 9

Thursday, November 10

Friday, November 11

Sunday, November 13

Monday, November 14

Tuesday, November 15

Wednesday, November 16

Thursday, November 17

Sunday, November 20

Monday, November 28

Stop by and talk with a staff member or former student

2022-23 Advising Dates: 

  • Tues. Nov 29 – Market Place Lower Level Classroom 2 – Room 040 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Fri. Dec 2 – virtual – zoom link
  • Thur. Dec 8 – Perkins Link 079 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Fri Jan 6 – virtual – zoom link
  • Fri Jan 13th – Brodhead Center 216 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

We’re ready to help with questions like…

  • What’s the difference between program A and program B? I can’t decide which to apply for.
  • I’m not sure if I’m eligible.
  • I [or my family] have safety concerns.
  • I’m not sure how to answer this application question.
  • I have a question about the registration requirements. My situation is unique.
  • What’s the commitment during the spring semester? Can you tell me more about the DukeEngage Academy?

DukeEngage guiDEs (student leaders) will also be on hand, to answer questions like…

  • What did you want to get out of DukeEngage? Did you use DukeEngage to fulfill any curricular requirements?
  • How did you decide which program to apply for? Did you talk with the program director before applying?
  • How did you approach the application?
  • What was your experience like? What was hard? What was fun?

Other sources of advice:

  • FAQs on this page and on our Applying and Preparing pages
  • DukeEngage Program Directors (contacts listed on each program page) are happy to answer questions about their own programs – e.g., What is a typical day like? How will I know which organization I’m working with? How would my [race/gender/sexual orientation/disability/health issue/allergy/religion] impact my participation in this program? I’m not sure if my language level is good enough. (And just for fun, here’s a glimpse of why DukeEngage is near and dear to their hearts.)
  • Trinity College Global/Civic DAEs can help you discover other programs and opportunities at Duke, decide whether this is the right year for you to apply, and discuss how to fit several programs into your four years at Duke.
  • Academic departments can answer questions about whether a specific DukeEngage program will fulfill a curricular requirement.

FAQs:

Yes. DukeEngage funds all program-related expenses, including…

  • Transportation to and from the program location
  • Required vaccines and recommended prescription medications, if needed
  • Visas, if needed
  • Lodging and meals during DukeEngage*
  • Transportation and fees for all official program activities

In addition, the Financial Aid office will waive your summer earnings requirement the year you participate in DukeEngage.

DukeEngage does not cover the following:

  • Obtaining or updating a passport
  • Ground transportation to the originating airport
  • Privately purchased travel insurance, if needed
  • Personal medical expenses
  • Personal activity that falls outside the DukeEngage program

* Lodging will be booked by DukeEngage and will be modest (in most programs, roughly the equivalent of a dorm). Most participants have access to kitchen facilities, shop for groceries, and prepare their own meals. Meals are usually covered via a stipend, customized to cover each program’s specific needs and cost of living.

FAQs: Eligibility

Any full-time, degree-seeking Duke student who meets the following requirements is eligible to participate:

  • Has completed at least two semesters at Duke
  • Will be on active status and in good standing at Duke during the summer of participation
  • Will spend at least one more semester enrolled at Duke after the DukeEngage experience

Students on academic or disciplinary probation during the time of a program, seniors graduating in the spring, and DKU students are not eligible to participate in DukeEngage.

Historically, approximately 25% of DukeEngage participants are rising sophomores, 50% are rising juniors, and 25% are rising seniors.

No overall preference is given to upperclassmen, and most program directors want a diverse team.

Students who were accepted into a 2021 program but declined to participate are eligible to apply again for a future summer (as long as general eligibility requirements for that application cycle are met).

Acceptance into a 2020 or 2021 program will not guarantee preference or acceptance into future programs.

FAQs: Program Requirements (Pre, During, Post)

Accepted students must agree to complete all mandatory pre-program requirements during the spring semester and prior to DukeEngage:

  • Registration (submitting all requirements by the stated deadlines)
  • Program-specific orientation sessions (these are held at the discretion of the program director, with most programs offering two sessions)
  • Fortin Foundation Academy (four weekly seminars during the semester, plus a possible spring convocation)
  • Training on interacting with minors, and a criminal background check (if applicable to your program)
  • Pre-program reflection survey
  • Any additional requirements specified by your program director or by DukeEngage

If accepted, you will be expected to:

  • Be present and participate for the entire duration of the program (as defined by your program’s published dates)
  • Commit to full-time work with your community partner (without pay)
  • Participate in reflection and cultural enrichment activities scheduled by your program leaders, including for example regular check-ins, structured reflection sessions, blogging, and community building activities
  • Commit to maintaining behavioral standards established by DukeEngage, starting with the Duke Community Standard

DukeEngage participants are expected to:

  • Complete a post-program survey by the established deadline
  • Attend a fall reunion/reflection meeting organized by their program director, if applicable
  • Participate in the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Student Symposium in September

Still have questions? We’re here to help. Send us an email at dukeengage@duke.edu.

 

Ask a guiDE!

Want to talk with a student who has participated?

Click here for a list of our student guiDEs