Duke in New York

Summer Internships in the City

Internship, coursework, and the NYC Duke alumni network create a summer 'lab for life'

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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.

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


Location: New York City, NY, USA

Term: Summer

Dates: May 27, 2019 - August 3, 2019

Application Deadline: Extended to February 15 

Academic Theme(s): Arts & Media, Art History, Theater Studies, Music, Dance, Visual and Media Studies, Public Policy, Journalism

Credit TypeDuke Credit

Eligibility: Open to students from all majors. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Duke Affiliation: Duke English Department

Housing: Residence Hall 

GEO Advisor: Carolyn Covalt


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?

Summer Dates

Enjoy 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.

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


To support your immersion in New York, the program offers two courses: 1) a seminar during Summer Session 1 that will introduce you to the neighborhoods, history, cultural richness, and challenges in the city, and 2) a work experience course during Summer Session 2 for course credit, even if you already have an internship credit at Duke. Each course offers one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted for either course. 



The Arts in New York: A Thematic Approach
(ALP, R, W) 1.0 Credit

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.

Work Experience / Apprenticeship Course
1.0 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. Offered only for Duke in New York Arts & Media students. Faculty instructor, Prof. Torgovnick, available for consultation.



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. Students are required to work at their internships for 15 to 20 hours per week throughout the program. During Summer Session II, students can increase their hours beyond 20 if their schedules allow, but internship hours cannot conflict with required program events.

Completion of the internship is required to earn academic credit for the work experience/apprenticeship course.

Attention: International Students - If you are an international student studying at Duke on a visa (such as F-1), you will need to obtain the required CPT or OPT authorization for the internship that is a required part of this program. Please contact Duke Visa Services immediately for assistance.

Past Placements

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


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/.


Summer 2019

These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $6,984 $6,984
Program Fee $1,200 $1,200

Housing Fee (total per student for shared bedroom)

$3,810 $3,810
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $15,139 $15,179

Costs FAQs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

Important: Please note that Duke financial aid supports two (2) summer sessions of study and the Duke in New York Summer Internships in the City program counts as two courses over two summer sessions. Please keep this in mind, especially if you have already used up one of your summer semesters on financial aid or are planning to apply for another Duke-In summer study away program in the future.


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.


Summer 2019

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: May 27, 2019
  • Departure: August 3, 2019

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. You will attend the majority of the program's events during Summer Session I. You will work at your internship for 15 to 20 hours per week during Summer Session I.

Summer Session II

During Summer Session II, you can choose to increase the hours you work at your internship beyond 20 if your schedule allows, but internship hours cannot conflict with required program events.


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.


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

Meet the Director

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 acclaimed Gone 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.

Marianna Torgovnick

Professor of English

Amy Bowes

GEO Asst. Director & Regional Manager


Deadline: Extended to February 15

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.

International Students: If you are an international student studying at Duke on a visa (such as F-1), you will need to obtain the required CPT or OPT authorization for the internship that is a required part of this program. Please contact Duke Visa Services immediately for assistance.

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.

Physical Requirements

Before applying to this program, please take into consideration the light physical demands required by some of this program’s activities. Activities include walking moderate distances on sometimes hilly, uneven, and/or cobbled terrain, climbing up stairs, using public transportation, and standing during tours and site visits. If you have questions or are concerned about any of these activities, please contact the faculty program director.


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. Duke in NY Arts questionnaire (online)
  3. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
  4. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
  5. Academic letter of recommendation (1)