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 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.


Who are the Stanback Organizations?

In 2018, 51 organizations participated. For a complete list of 2019 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.


What positions are available?

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 by 5pm on Monday, Janury 29th. We will create accounts and give students access, updating recent requests 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 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?

Information on the 2019 application process will be available shortly.  


What payment is provided?

Students receive up to $6,000* in funding distributed by the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  Note that Nicholas School staff members MAY NOT provide tax assistance, so please consult your income tax adviser for income tax advice.

*based on internship location and duration


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