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 PowerPoint presentation featuring pictures from past internships and interview days.
Click here here to watch the recording from the November 2018 Stanback Info Session.
All Duke students who have at least one full semester remaining following the summer are eligible to compete for these internships. This includes graduate, undergraduate and international students in all programs. No specific environmental experience is required for many of the positions. If you are graduating in May 2018, you are NOT eligible.
In 2017, 53 organizations participated. For a complete list of 2018 partner organizations click here.
Employers are pre-determined and limited to the specific organizations listed on the Stanback website. Other employers may not solicit to participate in the Stanback program.
Summer 2018 internships will be posted on Duke Environment Career Link January 8th, 2018. To gain access to Career link please fill out this survey. We will create accounts and give students access by January 3rd, 2018.
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 complete a pre-departure orientation session during which expectations are reviewed and students complete all necessary forms. Stanback Interns are also required to have mid and end of summer evaluation and feedback meetings with their organization and submit a synopsis of their overall learning experience to the Stanback Program Administrators at the conclusion of the internship.
- Request to be added to the Stanback Program listserv by filling out this request form.
- Request access to Duke Environment Career Link if you do not have access already. You can request access, by completing this survey here.
- Attend an information session in November.
Nicholas School Students November 13th 1:30-2:30pm Field Auditorium
Sanford and other students November 15th 5:15-6pm Perkins Link Classroom 5
Pratt Engineering Students November 16th 5-5:45pm Teer 203
- Review and apply for Summer 2018 internships on Duke Environment Career Link from January 8 - 29 using the Job Search Advanced Search feature for Stanback Internships.
- Submit your resume, cover letter, and any other requested documents to any internships of interest by January 29.
- If selected to interview for Summer 2018 internships: Phone interviews will take place February 19 - 22nd; interview day is February 23rd. Applications will be sent to organization partners early February.
- Offers can be made beginning March 2. If given an offer, determine if the internship is a good fit with your career goals and make a decision within 3-5 days of the offer date.
- If you accept an offer, notify the Program Director, Nikki Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will provide you with more information about On-Campus Orientation, program requirements, and getting set up for payroll.
Students receive a $5,000 payment distributed by Duke in 2 monthly allotments (May and July, assuming all paperwork completed by April 1). Stanback Internship payments are considered non-compensatory payments. Individuals receiving these payments are not Duke employees, but are receiving funds through Duke University for educational enrichment opportunities. Important information about payments and taxes is available at the Duke University Non-Compensatory Payment website.
Note that Nicholas School staff members MAY NOT provide tax assistance, so please consult your income tax adviser for income tax advice.
If you have further questions about the Stanback Internship Program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Beth Hwang at email@example.com or 919.401.7237.