Program Information for Students

The Stanback Internship Program is made possible by the generous support of Fred and Alice Stanback. The program is a partnership between the Nicholas School of the Environment and targeted environmental organizations. The purpose of the program is to provide students with significant learning experiences in grassroots conservation, advocacy, applied resource management or environmental policy.

Click here for a information and images from a past Stanback internship.

Who is eligible?

Who are the Stanback Organizations?

What positions are available?

What is the application process?

What is expected of interns?

What payment is provided?

Who do I contact with questions?


Who is eligible?

All Duke students who have at least one full semester remaining following the summer are eligible to apply for these internships. This includes graduate and undergraduate students. No specific environmental experience is required for many of the positions. If you are graduating in May 2019, you are NOT eligible.  Students must be eligible to work in the United States.  Foreign Nationals should check with Duke Visa Services regarding eligibility.  If you have specific questions about eligibility, please contact the Stanback Program Administration at stanback-nicholas@duke.edu.  


Who are the Stanback Organizations?

In 2019, 50 organizations are participating. For a complete list of 2019 partner organizations click here.

Employers are limited to the specific organizations listed on the Stanback website. 


What positions are available?

Summer 2019 internships will be posted on Duke Environment Career Link January 7th, 2019. To gain access to CareerLink, please complete this survey by 5 p.m. on Monday, Janury 28th. An account will be created using your Duke email address. Accounts are created on a weekly basis. 


What is expected of interns?

Projects are designed to fully engage students in learning opportunities for 11 weeks during the summer.  The start and end date for the internship are determined between the student and the organization.

  • All Stanback interns must read pre-departure orientation information which outlines expectations of the program.
  • All student participants must complete employment paperwork prior to beginning the internship to be awarded their payment. 
  • Stanback interns are also required to meet with their supervisor for an end-of-summer evaluation and feedback meeting.
  • Finally, all Stanback interns must submit a synopsis of their overall learning experience and a thank you to the Stanback family at the conclusion of the internship. The synopsis and thank you are shared with Mr. and Mrs. Stanback.

What is the application process?

Information on the 2019 application process is communicated through the interest listserv.


What payment is provided?

Most students receive a gross payment of $5000 - $6,000 (less tax withholding) in funding distributed in two (2) monthly allotments (May and July, assuming all paperwork completed by April 15)*.  Note that Nicholas School staff members MAY NOT provide tax assistance, so please consult your income tax adviser for income tax and withholding advice.  Additional support may be found at the following link:  https://finance.duke.edu/payroll/tax/employee.php.  In order to receive payment for your internship, all payroll information MUST be completed by the student in person (Durham, NC) prior to the end of the Spring semester.  

*Gross payment amount is based on internship location and duration.  Duke administers internships in the states of CO, IL, PA, LA, AL, and OR through an outside agency.  Interns will be paid the full amount in equal weekly installments over the course of the internship.


Who do I contact with questions?

If you have further questions about the Stanback Internship Program, please e-mail the Career and Professional Development Center at nicholas-stanback@duke.edu