Duke in New York

Summer Internships in the City

The Summer Internships in the City program provides students with the opportunity to live, learn, work, and enjoy a summer in New York City. Students take a Summer Session I seminar cross-listed in English, Theater Studies, and Visual Studies and work an arts and/or media internship of their choosing throughout Summer Session I and II. The program features faculty-led tours of historical neighborhoods as well as trips to Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, museums, music festivals, and other NYC events.

The Duke in New York Summer Internships in the City program is an exciting way for students to gain experience in arts and media fields, learn about the remarkable city in the classroom and on the streets, and take advantage of the city's cultural offerings. It makes for a well-rounded summer that is an unforgettable complement to the Duke experience. Please note that this program is open to students from all majors.

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 that is a required part of this domestic program.

Duke also offers a fall semester program, Duke in New York Arts & Media.


Why Duke in New York: Summer Internships in the City?

Students call Duke in New York Summer Internships in the City “a lab for life.” That’s because the program not only gives you a chance to live and study in one of the world’s truly dynamic cities, but also supports work experience and introduces you to Duke alums and other professionals in New York to help you explore life after Duke, for Duke credit. There are so many study away opportunities, especially in the summer, that you’re entitled to ask…why study with Duke in New York Summer Internships in the City?

Immersion in New York...

without missing a Fall semester at Duke. Some students may prefer getting the Duke in New York Arts and Media experience during the Fall, when there are no additional tuition costs. But if you can’t or don’t want to be away from Duke during the Fall, Summer Internships in the City gives you a great big taste of the Big Apple with a group of Duke students and without the worry and hassle of finding your own housing.


Duke in New York Summer Internships in the City has placed students in internships with big companies and small, arts settings and NGOs, and everything in between. Since 2004, we have amassed a list of contacts that we share with you as you find an internship that suits your goals. Students find their own internships. But we give guidance along the way.

Events and tours of the city

DiNY prides itself on getting tickets to the hottest shows and spotting the next big thing. During the Summer, students see events from Broadway to off-off more experimental theater, jazz to classical ballet, and lots more. We also tour at least five to six areas of the city with you and encourage you to strike out on your own.

Program location

We house you in one of NYU’s most coveted dorms, usually in full apartment style housing, with full kitchens and private baths, in the middle of one of New York’s premiere communities for young, energetic excitement: Greenwich Village.

Your short walk to the classroom takes you through Washington Square Park, where art and music always happen, alongside the opportunity to relax and read. You will also be within walking distance of Soho, the East and West Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, Tribeca, Chelsea, and Gramercy /Flatiron. Superb shopping and excellent food abound. Students often ask for a food plan but decide after two weeks that it’s a waste of money since they eat near where they work and near class events; we provide some group meals and a list of low-cost options.

Program life

To support your immersion in New York, DiNY offers two courses—not just one, like some summer programs: a seminar during Summer Session 1 that will introduce you to the neighborhoods, history, cultural richness, and challenges in the city and a work experience course during Summer Session 2 for course credit, even if you already have an internship credit at Duke.

The staff

Enthusiastic, caring Duke professors look out for your safety and curate New York for you during the Summer. We also have an energetic New York-based assistant who will help ease your way.  

What Students Are Saying

"Duke in New York was one of the highlights of my college years. With you as a guide, I experienced the city as I never had before—and I’m from Westchester. As one of your students, I gained an insight into how education can go beyond the classroom"

-Student participant

"I had a great time exploring this city, its history and the different neighborhoods. I’ve also made some great friends through the DINY network. I remember being asked at one point if doing DiNY was worth extending my graduation date for, and I just want to let you know that it absolutely is. :) This is honestly one of the best ways to end my Duke career."

-Student participant

"This is a great program. It's a nice way to get to know NYC with a familiar group that travels and explores together. Plus, the summer is a unique time for New York, and the vibe is fun and great for students."

-Student participant

"The [Duke in NY] course was integral in helping me acclimate to the city. I could ask questions about subway routes and the do's and dont's of the city without getting awkward stares by unfriendly New Yorkers...The Duke in New York program accomplished exactly what it promised: a chance to experience the city."

- Corina Chang, interned at the Weinstein Company



The Arts in New York: A Thematic Approach

The Summer Session I seminar course is co-taught by two Duke professors and addresses representations of New York City in art and literature, and the city’s demographic issues and use of public space. Extracurricular group events (musical performances, art gallery tours, plays) are discussed in class. Assignments require students to be active observers of the city’s neighborhoods and cultural institutions. The seminar is worth one Duke credit.

Work Experience/ Apprenticeship (for Duke credit)

The work experience "course" involves immersion in the professional world through an internship in the arts, the nonprofit sector, television, film, or a business that interacts with the arts and media, such as advertising, entertainment law, music production, fashion, public relations, advertising, and events planning. Students are required to intern 15 to 20 hours per week; a maximum of 20 hours is strongly recommended. A 10- to 15-page research paper, involving a list of readings submitted early in the semester, is required for Duke credit. Offered only for Duke in New York Arts & Media students. Faculty instructor: Prof. Torgovnick available for consultation. One course.



Duke in New York: Arts and Media seeks to provide an integrated academic program, taught by regular rank Duke professors, that brings Duke students to New York and takes the City itself as the basis for coursework that enhances skills in analysis, evaluation, research, and writing. The Program provides an intellectual framework and grounding for the experience of living and working in New York. 

Interdisciplinary by its very nature (English, Theatre Studies, Art and Visual Studies, Music, Dance, Public Policy, Journalism, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations all being part of its content), the Program seeks to provide an educational experience for students from many majors. It also aims to place them in internships that will useful in their intellectual development and future lives.


  1. To teach students about New York’s history, neighborhoods, demographics, institutions, representation in literature and film, and current challenges
  2. To expose students to a variety of performances and events and to develop their ability to discuss, analyze and evaluate them, especially in light of other cultural issues
  3. To hone students’ research and writing skills
  4. To encourage students to explore in depth or to develop a special interest during their semester in New York
  5. To introduce students to professional life in the City, especially as affected by new media and technology
  6. To give students a taste of living and working in New York and to establish connections with alumni


Duke in New York interns have an excellent reputation in a wide variety of organizations in New York, including nonprofits, corporations, performing arts centers, and media networks. We often hear from former Duke in New York students whose internship experiences helped them get hired at full-time arts and media jobs after graduation.

Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though the program offers guidance in this process. They are required to work at their internships for 15 to 20 hours a week throughout the program. During Summer Session II, students can work up to 40 hours if they choose.

As many internship providers require, Duke in New York internships are for academic credit.

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 that is a required part of this domestic program.

Previous Duke in New York internships have included:

  • AEFFE USA, Inc.
  • American Music Center
  • Asian American Writers' Workshop
  • Atlantic Records
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Bullett Media
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Carnegie Sports & Entertainment, Inc.
  • CBS News
  • Charity Brands Marketing
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts
  • Chimpanzee Productions
  • Christie’s
  • Civic Entertainment Group
  • Clearwater Strategy, LLC
  • The Debate Society
  • Echoing Green
  • Esquire Magazine
  • Exit Art
  • Frankel Green Theatrical Management
  • Gerald Peters Gallery
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Honor by Giovanna Randall
  • Innocence Project
  • Jonesworks, Inc.
  • Julie Saul Gallery
  • LC Premiums, Ltd.
  • Literary Group International
  • Living Liberally
  • Lumiere Productions
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Maximum Films and Management
  • MaxMara
  • MCC (Off-Broadway theater)
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Michael Howard Studios
  • Michael Mailer Films
  • Mobile Libris
  • Moxie Pictures
  • MTV Networks, VH1
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • NBC Casting Department
  • New York Magazine
  • New York Observer
  • Nitro Group
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Ology.com
  • Oppenheimer
  • Pace Wildenstein
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Penguin Group USA
  • Pictureshack Entertainment
  • Random House
  • Rebecca Taylor
  • Rooftop Films
  • Sanky Communications
  • Slowly I Turned Productions
  • SnagFilms
  • Symphony Space
  • The FreeStyle Life
  • The Gallery Church
  • The Ground Crew
  • The Karpel Group
  • The Living Room
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Universal Decca Label Group
  • Universal Motown Republic Group
  • Vogue
  • Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
  • WomenWorking.com
  • WRNN - Richard French Live
  • Zero + Maria Cornejo


Program Schedule

The required move-in and check-out dates for the summer 2017 Duke in NY Internships in the City program are May 21 to August 12.

Summer Session I

The Arts in New York seminar is taught during the first five weeks of the program. Class meets once a week in NYU's Kimmel Center. Students attend the majority of the program's events during Summer Session I.

Students work at their internships for 15 to 20 hours a week during Summer Session I.

Summer Session II

Students can choose to work up to 40 hours a week at their internships during Summer Session II.


Duke in New York Summer Internships in the City students live together in a New York University residence hall. NYU’s facilities (library, gyms, dining halls) are available for student use. Classes are held on NYU’s campus in close proximity to the students’ residence hall.

For more information about NYU summer housing, including residence hall policies, check-in information, and security details, please visit http://www.nyu.edu/summer/housing/.


There are no info meetings scheduled at this time.


Summer 2017

Summer 2017 Program charges to be posted in fall 2016. Please see the summer 2016 charges listed below as a general reference.

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

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $6,582.00 $6,582.00
Program Fee $1000.00 $1000.00

Housing Fee (total per student for shared bedroom)

$4,188.00 $4,188.00
Transcript Fee N/A $40.00
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) TBD TBD

Program Fee

Included in Program Fee

The program fee for this program includes: 

  • Accommodations in NYU apartment
  • 30-day unlimited subway passes for duration of program
  • Membership card from American Alliance of Museums
  • Program-sponsored activities and excursions
  • Orientation program
  • Access to NYU's two main fitness facilities
  • Access to activities such as sports, lectures, social gatherings, etc. at host university

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
  • Meal Plan
  • On-site accident and health insurance policy
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Immunizations
  • Textbooks and class materials
  • Mobile phone
  • Laundry
  • Independent travel and entertainment
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Incidentals

Housing Fee

The NYU housing fee will be posted soon.

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. 

Cost-of-living comparison

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 undergraduates who receive need-based financial aid during the academic year are eligible to apply for financial aid for up to two Duke summer study abroad/away programs (and/or summer sessions in Durham) offering either one or two courses of credit. This aid is offered in addition to the eight basic academic-year semesters of financial aid. Eligibility for aid will be determined in the same manner as academic-year aid. Note: This policy does not apply to a summer abroad program taken prior to matriculation or after graduation from Duke.

There is no additional financial aid application when applying to study abroad/away. Once you enroll in a Global Education Office (GEO) program, the Financial Aid Office will adjust your financial aid award automatically.

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.

Financial Aid

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.


For more information, please contact the Program Director, Professor Marianna Torgovnick, or the Global Education Office.


Marianna Torgovnick is a professor of English with wide interests in the arts and media, including film and publishing. She is the author of six critical books, including the acclaimedGone Primitive and the American Book Award-winning Crossing Ocean Parkway. Born in New York and a graduate of both NYU and Columbia, she knows the city well and loves to share her enthusiasm for it with Duke students.

Email: tor@duke.edu

For more information on Professor Torgovnick, you can view her website.

Other recent Duke in New York faculty include Jeff Storer (Theater Studies) and Anthony Kelley (Music).

Marianna Torgovnick

Professor of English


Apply Now

Rolling admissions for summer 2017 begin on November, 1 2016. The application deadline is February 1, 2017.

Students applying to the Duke in NY Summer Internships in the City program for summer 2017 should submit the following items to the Global Education Office for Undergraduates no later than February 1:

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

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.7 are eligible to apply. Please note that this program is open to students from all majors.

Students on academic/behavioral probation are not eligible for this program.

International Students

*Important!  If you are an international student studying at Duke on a visa (such as F-1), please read these important guidelines and contact the Duke Visa Services Office immediately about obtaining the required CPT or OPT authorization for the internship that is a required part of this domestic program.

Non-Duke Applicants: Non-Duke students must be degree-seeking students in good standing at an accredited college or university. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in study away on Duke’s programs.

In order to transfer credit for the courses, they must consult their advisor and/or registrar.

GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:

Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.

Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.  

Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.