Program Information for Students

The Stanback Internship Program is made possible by the generous support of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Stanback. The program is a partnership between the Nicholas School 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 2016 Stanback Info Session.

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 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 2017, you are NOT eligible.


Who are the Stanback Organizations?

In 2016, 52 organizations participated. For a complete list of 2016 partner organizations and how to contact them, 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.


What positions are available?

Summer 2017 internships will be posted on Duke Environment Career beginning in January. If you do not have access to Career Link, you can request access by emailing Julie Moushon at julie.moushon@duke.edu


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 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.


What is the application process?

  1. Request to be added to the Stanback Program listserv by emailing Karen Kirchof at kgki@duke.edu with subject line: Stanback Program listserv. 
  2. Request access to Duke Environment Career Link if you do not have access already. You can request access, by completing this survey here
  3. Attend an information session in November. 
  4. Review Summer 2017 internships on Duke Environment Career Link from January 19 - 29 using the Job Search Advanced Search feature for Stanback Internships.
  5. Submit your resume, cover letter, and any other requested documents to any internships of interest by January 29. 
  6. If selected, interview for Summer 2017 internships. Phone interviews will take place February 13 - 23rd; interview day is February 24th. Applications will be sent to organizations from January 30 - February 3. 
  7. Offers can be made beginning March 1. If given an offer, determine if the internship is a good fit with your career goals and make a decision within 3 days of the offer date. 
  8. If you accept an offer, notify the Program Director, Jordan Hart at Jordan.Hart@duke.eduShe will provide you with more information about On-Campus Orientation, program requirements, and getting set up for payroll.

What payment is provided?

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.


Who do I contact with questions?

If you have further questions about the Stanback Internship Program, please contact the Nicholas School of the Environment Career and Professional Development Center, Jordan Hart at JordanHart@duke.edu or 919-613-8102.