Duke in Chicago–Arts Entrepreneurship

6-week summer study away program

Learn the business. See the sights. Meet the experts.

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Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship is a six-week, two-course credit program for entrepreneurs who love the arts and for artists who want to become entrepreneurial.

Through meetings, internships, mentorships, and site visits with prominent individuals in arts-related fields, students will gain valuable knowledge of how arts entrepreneurs have shaped the development of Chicago’s unique theater, music, dance, visual arts, and comedy scene. They will learn how these entrepreneurs have anticipated and resolved complicated problems in the relationship among artistic, administrative, and financial factors. 

Chicago, with its history of storefront startups, provides a unique training ground for students to meet the challenge presented by the second course: devise, workshop, and produce an arts-based event.  Students—with artistic and/or business acumen—will form teams. These teams will develop skills of agency, self-motivation, fundraising, marketing, and producing; exercise planning and communication functions; master the elevator pitch; devise innovative ways to do, fund, and market their work; learn business skills to maximize creative opportunity; use social media to develop their audience.

Participants will come together, develop connections, build relationships, collaborate, and develop the habit of mind to put their artistic work out into the contemporary world. They will learn how to take better charge of their future careers.


Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Term: Summer

Dates: June 30, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Academic Theme(s): Arts and entrepreneurship

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: No prerequisites. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Housing: Dormitory

GEO Advisor: Carolyn Covalt


Get experience in the field through an internship in marketing, administration, archiving, grant writing, presenting, and studio management with organizations such as:

  • The Second City, world’s premier comedy club/theater and school of improvisation
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Harpo Creative Works TV
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Leo Burnett Advertising
  • eighth blackbird, contemporary chamber music sextet
  • Artisan Talent
  • Joffrey Ballet, and more!

Guest Speakers

Learn from famed guest speakers such as:

  • Welz Kauffmann, President/CEO of Ravinia Festival
  • Martha Lavey, Artistic Director of Steppenwolf
  • Theaster Gates, Installation Artist, Social Practice Artist
  • Robin Hammond, Director of Marketing, The Second City
  • Peter Taub, directs performing arts programs, Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Katie Berenbom, Senior Producer Harpo Creative Works
  • Steve Albert, Executive Director, Court Theatre

Chicago Arts Scene

Experience Chicago’s vibrant arts scene with visits to Millennium Park; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art; DuSable Museum of African American History; River North galleries; Chicago Architecture Tour; and Frank Lloyd Wright Houses.

See performances across all tiers of the Chicago theatre scene, from Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Victory Gardens to the booming storefront scene. Enjoy free music, food, and art festivals.


Students will enroll in two courses, each offering one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted for either course. 



THEATRST 316SA /VMS 315SA / AMI 316SA / DANCE 307SA / MUSIC 316SA / I&E 316SA*
stARTup Project

(ALP, R) MMS Approved, 1.0 credit

*Relation to I&E Certificate: The work to create an original production as part of this course satisfies the 150 hour experience requirement for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate. 

This project based class challenges teams of writers, actors, dancers, visual/media artists, musicians, and managers—through collective brainstorming—to devise, workshop, and produce an arts-based event. Students will master the elevator pitch, conduct production meetings, develop fundraising and marketing strategies, devise a publicity/marketing scheme, manage a budget, rehearse, and present the work at the end of the term. Instructor: Coleman

THEATRST 217SA /VMS 221SA / AMI 217SA / DANCE 279SA / MUSIC 217SA / I&E 217SA*
The Economics of Art (The Chicago Scene)
(ALP, CCI) MMS Approved, 1.0 credit

*Relation to I&E Certificate: This course satisfies either the gateway or elective course requirement for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate program

This guest speaker course introduces students to Chicago and connects them with prominent arts professionals, including Duke alumnae and potential mentors, who will speak about their own experience combining arts and entrepreneurship in such fields as theater, visual/media arts and advertising, film, music, dance, marketing and communications, writing, producing, performance, design, directing, and comedy. Class includes choice of: 1) an internship in arts administration, marketing, or development; or 2) a performance/writing class; and participation in Duke Global Entrepreneurship Networking events. Instructor: McAuliffe



The Economics of Art (The Chicago Scene) requires students to EITHER 1) do an internship in arts administration, marketing, or development; OR 2) take a class in performance or writing.

Option 1: Internship

The internship option can provide amazing pre-professional experiences as well as networking opportunities for the students on Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship. For some students, this may lead to their being hired full-time after graduation.

Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though the program offers guidance in this process. Students are required to work at their internships for a minimum of 10 hours a week.


International Students

*Important!  If you are an international student studying at Duke on a visa (such as F-1), please read these guidelines and contact the Duke Visa Services Office immediately about obtaining the required CPT or OPT authorization for the internship if you decide to do an internship as opposed to a performance or writing class (see below).

Option 2: Improv or sketch writing classes at the Second City or iO

Students who opt to take a performance or writing class can choose from a variety of classes offered through The Second City and iO, premiere training centers.



Students are housed in residence halls at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago, an area with many diverse restaurants. Breakfast is included in the cost of the program, and kitchen areas are also available in the residence halls.


Summer 2017

Estimates are based on previous years’ programs. All costs are subject to change.

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $6,780 $6,780
Program Fee $1,650 $1,650
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $11,297 $11,337


Included in Program Fee

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Program-sponsored activities and excursions
  • Orientation program
  • Internet usage

Not Included in Program Fee

Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive. 

The program fee does not include: 

  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation to/from program site
  • Local transportation
  • On-site accident and health insurance policy
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Mobile phone
  • Laundry
  • Independent travel and entertainment
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Incidentals

Personal Spending

Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. 

Payment Due Dates

Step 1: Within 2 weeks of acceptance to the program, submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyGlobalEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.

NOTE: If you withdraw after March 31, you will be charged a cancellation fee of $2,000 for this 2-credit program.  

Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. All financial arrangements involving Duke University must be completed prior to departure for the program.

Duke Bursar’s Office

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information. 

Duke Financial Aid Office 

Duke Bursar’s Office


Several scholarships are available to students interested in this program and/or the arts. View scholarship opportunities.


Duke undergraduates who receive need-based financial aid during the academic year are eligible to receive financial aid for up to two Duke summer study away programs (one summer session each) offering either one or two courses of credit. This aid is offered in addition to the eight basic academic year semesters of financial aid. For information on how financial aid awards for Duke summer study away programs are calculated, please see the Duke Financial Aid website.

When applying for a Duke summer study away program, you do not have to complete a separate financial aid application. Once you enroll in a Duke summer Global Education program, the Financial Aid Office will determine your award automatically if you are eligible.

Duke does not offer financial aid to non-Duke students. You are advised to consult with the financial aid office at your home institution.

Duke Undergraduate Research – Creative Arts Grants

The Duke Undergraduate Research Support Office lists several opportunities for awards related to the arts. 

Alex Cohen Awards

The Alex Cohen Awards, funded by the Alex Cohen Endowment and the Department of Theater Studies, support students' individual or group projects that have both educational value and artistic merit.

Benenson Awards in the Arts

The Benenson Awards in the Arts provide funding for fees, travel, and other educational expenses for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates. Approximately 20 awards are made each year; recent awards have ranged from $600-$4,500 with an average award size of $1,800.

Deans' Summer Research Fellowship

The Deans' Summer Fellowship Program supports undergraduate research and inquiry in the arts and sciences. Trinity students may receive up to $3,000 for a proposed summer research project.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships for current sophomores and juniors include stipends and allowances up to $5,250 for summer research support.

Forlines Family Theater Studies Grant

The Forlines Family Theater Studies fund supports internships for undergraduates in professional theater settings and other co-curricular experiences for theater students. The combination of academic coursework and hands-on learning is a hallmark of Duke’s approach to theater studies. Submit (1) an application form, (2) a project description and statement of goals, and (3) a letter of recommendation from theater faculty.


Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

Arrival: June 30, 2018
Departure: August 12, 2018


You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.


Program faculty director(s) can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.

Paul Paparella

GEO Asst. Director & Regional Manager

Jody McAuliffe

Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies


Deadline: February 1, 2018 

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who apply early.

Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.

Non-Duke studentsNon-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.


Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)