Duke in New York

Fall Arts, Culture, and Performance with Internship

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Duke in New York Fall Arts, Culture, and Performance program immerses you in the one of the world’s great cities, where you develop not only your intellectual skills but also your professional network.

The program’s core course—“The Arts, Culture, and Performance of New York”—offers an overview of New York’s arts, culture, and performance ecosystem. Each week, we attend and study curated events in art, dance, film, music, film, and theater. Along the way, students meet and network with leading professionals drawn from New York’s arts, culture, and performance organizations.

A second core course is a practicum keyed to an internship of your choice in the professional worlds of art, culture, and performance. Internships are eligible for credit in Art History, Cinematic Arts, Dance, Music, Theater Studies, and Visual & Media Studies.

A third course changes each fall and offers a practical, historical, and theoretical dive into a specific cultural form, guided by artistic leaders in the field. In Fall 2022, the focus will be on theater. Students will learn about the creative professions of acting, designing sets, costumes, and lights, and directing. And during site visits to theaters and rehearsal rooms, we will explore how the long history of theater continues to make its presence felt in the work of new performers. Participants will attend a wide range of shows: musicals, comedies, and dramas; show on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and touring from other theater centers internationally.

A fourth class is chosen freely from the expansive offerings at NYU. Students may work in any discipline they wish, earning credit toward their majors at Duke.


Location: New York City, NY, USA

Term: Fall

Dates: Tuesday August 30 - Friday, December 23, 2022* (Please see special note about departure in the ‘Dates’ section below)

Application Deadline: April 1

Academic Theme(s): Arts, Culture, and Performance: Art History, Cinematic Arts, Dance, Music, Theater Studies, Visual and Media Studies

Credit Type: Hybrid Credit

Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (exceptions on a case-by-case basis). Open to students from all majors. Non-Duke students are not eligible for this program. Students on academic/behavioral probation are not eligible for this program.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by all of Duke's arts departments: Art, Art History, and Visual Studies; Dance; English; Music; and Theater Studies

Housing: Residence Hall 

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On this program, you have the opportunity to earn three Duke credits and one transfer credit. The program structure gives you the flexibility to customize coursework to suit your goals and interests. You will enroll in the following courses:

  • Two core courses taught by Duke faculty, for one Duke credit each
  • A practicum course (which includes a work experience/apprenticeship) for one Duke credit
  • One course at NYU, for transfer credit

The following policies regarding course load are in effect:

  • Students must enroll in four full courses. No underloads and no overloads are permitted.
  • All courses must be taken for graded credit.




Core Courses

The Arts, Culture, and Performance of New York
(ALP, CCI) 1.0 Duke credit

This course introduces its participants to New York though its rich artistic, cultural, and performance offerings. They attend art openings, drag shows, literary readings, sports events, symphonies, and modern dance performances. They visit design studios, galleries, opera houses, museums, television studios, and architectural landmarks. They scrutinize fashion, films, exhibitions, ballets, musicals, and works of literature. Visiting all five boroughs, they contemplate how the identities of New Yorkers—informed by the city and by ability, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexuality—are performed in the theater of everyday life: in parks, streets, subways, and especially the city’s diverse neighborhoods and restaurants. There is lots of eating.

Inside the classroom participants meet professionals (including Duke alumni) working in New York’s culture industries as the class analyzes what it has experienced. Guided by scholarship on art, dance, design, fashion, film, literature, music, sport, television, and theater, they pay particular interest to Performance Studies—an interdisciplinary field that investigates how performance pervades social and cultural life. These readings will theorize how arts, culture, and performance shape individuals, forge community, and make New York the iconic city it is.

Assignments include participation, weekly response papers, and a final project aligned with the student’s own interests and major.

This course may be used as an elective toward majors in Art History, Cinematic Arts, Dance, English, Music, Theater Studies, and Visual & Media Studies.

Internship in New York
1.0 Duke credit

Participants in this course are immersed in the professional work of New York’s arts, culture, and performance industries through apprenticeship to a sponsoring artist, institution, or organization. Participants work fifteen hours per week at their internship and meet arts professionals from within and beyond Duke’s alumni network. They also meet regularly with their supervising professor. In combination, this work experience, networking opportunity, and academic reflection help interns develop their professional capabilities, refine their interpersonal and workplace skills, and prepare for future work in creative industries.

The course culminates in a substantive paper analyzing the student’s sponsoring artist or institution in relation to the larger arts ecosystem in New York.

This course may be used as an elective toward majors in Art History, Cinematic Arts, Dance, Music, Theater Studies, and Visual & Media Studies.

Reading Theater in New York (Fall 2022 focus)
(ALP, CCI, CZ) 1.0 Duke credit


Theater is a live art in which an assembly of people (some working on stage and some off) tell a story to another assembly of people, the audience. This course introduces this art from two, interwoven perspectives: one focused on theater history and one focused on theater-making. The theater-historical perspective of the course treats these plays as artifacts of past performances. We study the scripts not only as literature but also for what they reveal about their contexts of original production and the theater artists who made them. We consider the acting, directing, and design conventions that animated the scripts; the theater spaces for which they were intended; and the audiences for whom they were performed. The theater-making perspective of the course treats these scripts as blueprints for future performances. Through the creative endeavors of acting, design, and directing—and with the guidance of various guest artists in New York (some from inside Duke’s alumni network) and site visits to theaters and rehearsal rooms—we explore how the history of theater continues to make its presence felt in the work of new performers.

Participants will attend a wide range of shows in New York: musicals, comedies, and dramas; show on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and touring from other theater centers internationally.

Assignments include readings, participation, three short essays, and a performance or presentation.


NYU Courses for Transfer Credit

Students will enroll in a course at New York University for transfer credit.

Please consult the GEO Approved Course Database to view NYU courses that have been previously approved for transfer credit

You are not limited to the courses listed in the database, however, new courses are subject to departmental approval at Duke. Please see the section on our website regarding how to request course approval. The NYU course catalog can be searched here.


A for-credit apprenticeship/work experience is a required part of the program. Students are responsible for securing their own work experience, which is typically unpaid. Program faculty and staff can give guidance in your search for a position, connecting you with our sizable list of professional contacts across various creative sectors. Students are required to work 15 to 20 hours per week throughout the semester.

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.




Duke in New York has an excellent reputation in a wide variety of organizations in New York, including nonprofits, corporations, performing arts centers, and media networks. Many former Duke in New York interns have been hired at full-time arts and media jobs after graduation, having made great contacts and gained invaluable experience while in the program.

While we cannot guarantee that students will get the internships of their dreams, we provide them with the guidance that will maximize their chances. By and large, Duke in New York students find internships in their fields of choice, and many get several offers.


MMS Credit

The Markets and Management Studies Program may retroactively award elective credit at the MMS Program Director's discretion for your apprenticeship / work experience under certain conditions:

  • The project must have a business focus and must involve, for example, research and analysis of some sort.
  • It should result in a paper to be submitted for review by the Markets and Management Studies Director.

Projects that are not deemed acceptable are ones without critical thinking or any analysis. (For example, projects that provide only a description of the internship experience.)

Example Projects

  • An analysis of competitor websites for a firm and a redesign of a firm’s website with a paper highlighting the approaches taken by competitors versus the firm’s approach. Included in the final paper were secondary sources bolstering the decisions the firms made.
  • An analysis of pricing approaches taken by firms in a particular industry. The student produced a benchmarking study of several firms in the industry. Secondary sources used to explain the various approaches and their pros and cons. A resulting paper turned in to MMS.
  • An analysis of a particular product launch, highlighting what worked well and what did not work well. The student conducted post product launch surveys with customers and integrated that primary research into a paper.

Plan Your Project

It is important to think about what the project will be before and during the internship rather than writing something up after the internship is completed, hoping it will be accepted. The MMS Program's decision to award credit really depends on the effort you put in and the final project submitted.

It is strongly recommended that you schedule an appointment with the MMS Program Director to plan your project in advance:

Dr. Martha Reeves
MMS Program Director


Students are housed in double rooms. There are a limited number of single rooms available. Students with Duke-approved disability accommodations will be prioritized for single rooms. Without a Duke-approved disability accommodation, a single room cannot be guaranteed.

Please read more about Educational Housing Services (EHS) Covid-19 protocols here: https://www.studenthousing.org/student-life/new-yorker/community/nyer-covid19 

Duke in New York students live at the St. George in Brooklyn Heights. This residence includes three towers: St. George Studio, St. George Weller, and St. George Clark. All are connected by a lobby and student community center. Duke in New York students live in the St. George Studio and St. George Weller towers.

The St. George is managed by Educational Housing Services (EHS), a non-profit company that provides student housing in several areas of New York City. All residents of the St. George are students enrolled at accredited colleges and universities. EHS staff members also live in the building and are on hand at all times to assist student residents.

Each room has a refrigerator with a freezer, and a microwave. A central, shared kitchen is available for residents.

The Neighborhood

The historic Brooklyn Heights location of the St. George has much to offer, including close proximity to the Brooklyn Promenade, a popular walkway on the East River with great views of the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of the city’s newest and largest park areas, is also accessible near the St. George.

The area around the St. George has everything to meet students' day-to-day needs, including restaurants, cafés, pharmacies, grocery stores, and banks. Multiple subway lines (2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, A, C, E) are within walking distance, so getting anywhere in the city is easy.


FALL 2022

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

  Duke Students
Tuition $30,217.50
Program Fee $500
Housing Fee (see below)
Transcript Fee N/A
Other Costs* See Cost Sheet
TOTAL (Estimated) $40,655.50

*A customizable program cost sheet that includes a breakdown of other costs is available on the programs' MyExperientialEd brochure page

Explanation of Costs

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. 

Duke Financial Aid Office

Duke Bursar’s Office


Fall 2022

Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events.

  • Arrival: August 30, 2022
  • Last Day of Courses: December 14, 2022
  • Departure: Students must complete their final exams at NYU before departure from the program. The NYU final exam period is December 16-22nd. If students do not have exams, the earliest they can depart is December 15th. The last day to check out of housing is December 23rd.


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. Students must complete their final exams at NYU before departing. The last day to check out of housing for Fall 2022 is December 23rd.


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.

Darren Gobert

William and Sue Gross Professor of Theater Studies and English

Ryan Donovan

Visiting Lecturer of Theater Studies

Soraya Campbell

GEO Asst. Director


Deadline: April 1

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who apply early.

Minimum GPA: The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for Duke students wishing to study away during the semester is 2.7 (3.0 for Pratt students) on a scale of 4.0. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is recommended for this program.

Non-Duke studentsNon-Duke students are not eligible for this program.

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.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation or preference, gender or age.

Duke in New York Program

The Duke in New York program is a year-round academic experience offered exclusively to Duke students. The program consists of three separate tracks, each of which has a distinct theme and requires a separate application. Duke students can elect to enroll in just one track, or multiple. Currently, Duke in New York includes the following tracks:

Information specific to each track, such as housing, coursework, and cost, is on the track-specific website.

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.


Submit the following items using MyExperientialEd:

  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)