Duke in New York
Fall Arts & Media With Internship
The Duke in New York: Arts & Media program has been suspended for Spring 2021. Please reach out to GEO Program Manager Amy Bowes if you have any questions.
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:
- Fall Arts & Media
- Spring Financial Markets & Institutions
- Arts & Media Summer Internships in the City
Information specific to each track, such as housing, coursework, and cost, is on the track-specific website.
Why Duke in New York?
There are so many study abroad and study away opportunities, that you’re entitled to ask … why spend a Fall term with Duke in New York Arts and Media?
...without extra tuition. The Fall Program gives you a chance to vary the pace of your Duke education. You experience a full range of the plays, concerts, dance, and opera events that make New York a cultural capital. All the while, you get to live in a vibrant, real neighborhood with lots of parks and greenery and with a group of friendly Duke students without the worry and hassle of finding your own housing.
... with big companies and small, arts settings and NGOs, and everything in between. Fewer students look for internships in the fall semester than in the summer, which gives you a leg up. Since 2004, we have amassed a list of contacts that we share with you as you find a work experience (whether paid or unpaid) that suits your goals. Students find their own work experience. But we give guidance along the way.
Duke in New York prides itself on getting tickets to the hottest shows and spotting the next big thing. During the Fall, students see 14-18 events from Broadway to more experimental theater, classical music to jazz, modern dance to classical ballet, the New York Film Festival—more than can fit into a Summer. We also tour some areas of the city with you and encourage you to strike out on your own almost from the day you arrive. You receive a Metrocard and a fantastic museum pass that make it both convenient and inexpensive to explore the city.
Classes meet in modern Kimmel Center at NYU. You live in a hotel that has been turned into a comfortable dorm where rooms have private baths. The building boasts a large communal kitchen and open play areas as well as a private health club next door (with a pool), in which you have full membership. You enjoy beautiful Brooklyn Heights, part of hip North Brooklyn, noted for young, energetic excitement.
A short walk takes you to Brooklyn Bridge Park, with acreage that rivals Central Park. Other walks take you to Dumbo, Fort Greene, the Barclay Center, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens and, if you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, as thousands do each day, to Chinatown, Little Italy, the Financial District, and Tribeca. Excellent subway connections whisk you anywhere else in the City you want to go. Great shopping and food abound. Students sometimes ask for a food plan but decide after two weeks that it’s a waste of money since, like most New Yorkers, they eat near where they work and near class events; we also provide some group meals and a list of low-cost options.
To complete a semester’s immersion in New York, Duke in New York offers three core courses that will introduce you to the neighborhoods, history, cultural richness, challenges, and active professionals in the city, including a work experience course for course credit, even if you have already done an internship credit at Duke. You can expect at least one class event each week of the semester, as well as many supplemental opportunities to learn and to enjoy New York, as well as the opportunity to meet successful alumni and other professionals.
Enthusiastic, caring Duke professors look out for your safety and curate New York for you during the Fall. We hire popular and qualified adjuncts for some electives. And we have an energetic New York-based assistant who will help ease your way.
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Featuring intense, immersive, experiential learning, Duke in York Fall Arts and Media takes you into the neighborhoods of America’s premier city, hones your professional skills, and showcases your creativity. Students call the Fall program “transformative.”
The signature seminar-style course provides an overview of New York’s history and cultural richness, as well as considering social and environmental issues that challenge the city today. Each week, we attend and discuss in depth stellar events in music, film, theater, and New York’s major museums. A second seminar-style class introduces you to leading New York professionals in fields such as TV, film, journalism, advertising, social activism, entertainment law, non-profit organizations, and urban government—an array of guest speakers suitable to the diversity of the city and to the variety of majors that take Duke in New York.
The third course is a practicum keyed to an internship of your choice. Please see the impressive list of recent internships below: everything from the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim, through start-ups in film and business, to New York’s D.A. and congressional offices. Internships are I&E, MMS, and Art History: Museum Theory & Practice eligible; if you wish credit towards majors and certificates, please consult with your departmental DUS. A Duke elective completes your semester: typically “Writing New York,” “New York Scenes,” or “The Museum as Frame,” the last of which can be counted towards Duke’s Museum Concentration. Upon petition, students can take a course at N.Y.U. to fulfill special needs or requirements.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
Location: New York City, NY, USA
Dates: Late August – Early December 2021
Application Deadline: March 1
Academic Theme(s): Arts & Media, Art History, Theater Studies, Music, Dance, Visual and Media Studies, Journalism
Credit Type: Duke Credit, option for Transfer 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. We actively welcome rising sophomores to apply for this program.
Housing: Residence Hall
GEO Advisor: Carolyn Covalt
Duke in New York students
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On this program, you have the opportunity to earn four Duke credits. 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
- An elective of your choice for one Duke credit (or an NYU course by petition, for transfer credit)
- A practicum course (which includes a work experience / apprenticeship) for one Duke 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.
- SIGNATURE COURSES
- NYU COURSES
ENGLISH 310A / ART HISTORY 313A / VISUAL AND MEDIA STUDIES 301A
The Business of Art and Media
(ALP, STS) I&E eligible. 1.0 Duke credit.
In a globalized and ever-more digital world, the arts and media are themselves big business and even small, local non-for-profit organizations require sophisticated 21st-century skills. Where might you fit in? What life lessons can you glean from hearing professionals from a variety of fields discuss with you what they do and how they got to do it? Drawing on Duke alums and others who are New York celebrities within their fields, this guest speaker class gives you the chance to meet and network with people who, like you, have diverse interests and an alert relationship to culture, technology, and society. Readings and active participation in intense question and answer sessions required. A guided journal plus short paper normally assigned.
This course may be used as an elective towards the English major. Credit towards other majors and certificates is possible with the approval of the appropriate DUS.
ENGLISH 312A / PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES 312A / THEATER STUDIES 213A / VISUAL AND MEDIA STUDIES 259A
The Arts in New York: A Thematic Approach (New York Stories)
(ALP, R, W) I&E eligible. 1.0 Duke credit.
Professor: Torgovnick and staff
Through literature, non-fiction, and films, students learn about New York's rise to cultural preeminence during the 20th century and its evolution in the 21st. Topics to be covered in class include immigration narratives and the history of New York as visible in short stories, neighborhoods, and films; Modernism and post-Modernism in the city; the history of the publishing industry and institutions such as Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
Outside of class, students attend performances, exhibitions, films, concerts, and other events as a group. During part of each class, they discuss what they have seen and prepare for what they will see next. Special tours introduce them to the city's venerable institutions and vibrant neighborhoods. Readings, participation in class, two short papers, a research paper accompanies a semester project of your choice in which we invite you to refine a current skill or to learn a new one.
ART HISTORY 390A / VMS 390A (This course will be offered in fall 2020)
The Museum as Frame
(ALP) 1.0 Duke credit.
Faculty instructor: Prof. Andrew Weinstein
Through class meetings and museum visits, students will investigate the idea of the museum, in particular how the presentation of artworks within a museum framework affects the public reception of the work.
ENGLISH 210SA (This course will be offered in fall 2020)
Writing for Publication
(ALP, W) 1.0 Duke credit.
Faculty Instructor: Mesha Maren-Hogan
This course has two objectives: to explore New York City through textual readings in different genres of fiction and narrative non-fiction and to develop skills to write in a way that expresses a student’s own perceptions and analysis and culminates in the creation of a publishable essay or short story. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own perspectives on the city’s history and experiment with writing both fiction and nonfiction. The readings and writing prompts will focus thematically on the ways in which concepts of freedom, personal reinvention, and the American Dream are associated with New York City. Throughout the seminar, students will gain skills in drafting, revising and submitting essays and short stories for publication.
NOTE: Students may petition to enroll in a course at New York University for transfer credit in lieu of taking a third Duke course.
NYU Courses for Transfer Credit
Students may petition to enroll in a course at New York University for transfer credit in lieu of selecting a Duke elective.
Please consult the GEO database of approved courses 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.
APPRENTICESHIP / WORK EXPERIENCE
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.
- MMS CREDIT
ENGLISH 313A / ART HISTORY 312A / THEATER STUDIES 214A / VISUAL AND MEDIA STUDIES 296A
Work Experience / Apprenticeship
One 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.
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 Arts & Media interns have 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 Arts & Media students find internships in their fields of choice, and many get several offers.
Previous Duke in New York internships have included:
- 3rd Ward
- ABC News, Law and Justice Unit
- Art & Commerce
- Arts & Business Council
- Big Beach Films
- Boston Red Sox
- Charlie Rose Show
- CITYarts, Inc.
- Cliff Freeman & Partners
- Clinton Global Initiative
- Council on Foreign Relations
- Cynthia Steffe
- Decca Label Group
- Dress for Success
- EIC Agency, LLC
- Focus Features
- Gerald Peters Gallery
- Harper’s Bazaar
- HarperCollins Children’s Books
- Jim Carnahan Casting (Roundabout Theatre)
- LaForce & Stevens
- LC Premiums, Ltd.
- Learning Express, LLC
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
- Little Airplane Productions
- Lowes Manhattan Cultural Council
- Lumiere Productions
- MACK Industries
- Madison Square Gardens
- Magnum Photos
- Marie Claire
- Moodswing 360
- MTV, Nick Jr.
- NBC Sports, Communications Department
- NBC's Today Show
- New York Musical Theatre Festival
- Oddcast, Inc.
- One Story
- Opera News
- Picador Publishing (publicity Intern)
- Playwrights Horizons (literary intern)
- PRI's Studio 360 (WNYC)
- Psychology Today
- Robert AM Stern Architecture
- Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine
- Second Stage Theatre
- Sherry French Gallery
- Simon & Schuster
- Slowly I Turned Productions
- Sony BMG, Columbia Publicity
- Target Margin Theater
- Temporary Residence Records, LLC
- The Flea Theatre
- The Literary Group International
- The New York Observer
- The Weinstein Company
- Urban Justice Center Sex Workers Project
- Warner Music Group
- Women’s Wear Daily
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.)
- 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
In addition to engaging in a full academic experience, students participate in cultural excursions on a weekly basis. Activities include museum tours, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and performances at the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and legendary jazz clubs.
Students are provided with an American Association of Museums membership card, which gives them free access to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.
In the past, program excursions have included:
Theater: Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Tootsie, Oklahoma, To Kill A Mockingbird, Girl From the North Country, Angels in America, The Lehman Trilogy, Company, and much more from Broadway, off-Broadway, and local theaters
Opera: Le Nozze de Figaro, Shakespeare's Sonnets, Carmen, Porgy and Bess
Music: Mahler's 1st Symphony, Vijay Iyer, Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Blue Note
Dance: Kontakthof, Complexions
HOUSING & MEALS
Duke in New York students live at the St. George in Brooklyn Heights, one of the safest and nicest premier neighborhoods in the city. 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.
A limited number of single rooms is available, the remainder are doubles.
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.
These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.
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Explanation of Costs
*Please note that only a select number of single rooms are available for any year. Singles are offered on a first-come, first served basis.
The program fee for this program includes:
- Local transportation (monthly metro cards for duration of semester)
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- Membership card from American Alliance of Museums
- Orientation program
- Access to educational facilities at NYU
- Membership to Fitness Center next to student housing in Brooklyn
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:
- Airport transportation to/from program site
- Meal Plan
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Textbooks and class materials
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
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.
Step 1: Within 3 weeks of acceptance to the program, confirm your enrollment by submitting the non-refundable $1,000 deposit. Deposits are payable by check or Student Account E-Check. If you receive Duke financial aid, submit the Deposit Waiver Form in lieu of the deposit. Log in to MyGlobalEd for remittance instructions or waiver form.
NOTE: If you withdraw after committing to the program, there may be financial consequences.
Step 2: Complete all post-acceptance items listed on your MyGlobalEd application, including the Participation Agreement and any program-specific forms.
Step 3: Semester 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 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.
Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events.
- Arrival: TBD
- Departure: TBD
You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above.
You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date. Students are free to check-out of their dorm room at the St. George in Brooklyn anytime between the last day of class and the start of the winter holidays. Students who opt for an NYU course elective may need to wait until mid to late December to complete their final exams before departing.
FACULTY & STAFF
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.
Deadline: March 1
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 early November.
Priority: Priority 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 students: Non-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.
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 MyGlobalEd:
- Online application
- Duke in NY Arts questionnaire (online)
- 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.
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
- Academic letter of recommendation (1)
FROM DUKE ALUMNI
Duke in New York was instrumental in opening my eyes to the various career paths in the arts, media and entertainment industries, and I can't imagine where I'd be had I not spent my semester in this program."
I met an audio post producer through the class who suggested a company that I eventually would work for after I graduated. Doesn't get much better than that!
Also, not to mention, you get to see incredible performances (literally world-class) that cost hundreds of dollars, all with your peers and under the insightful direction of Professor Torgovnick.
Cameron Thompkins '13
Event Producer at The Greene Space and Freelance Music Producer
I absolutely loved my time during Duke in New York. I made really great friends, got to explore my future career in ways I couldn’t have even imagined."
I even developed my senior thesis project based on my work in New York. The opportunity to experience Broadway shows, great art exhibitions, fun dinners and make amazing friends was one I’ll never forget.
For students interested in pursuing the arts, Duke in New York is a must. It offers hands on experience that you can’t have in Durham, while giving you a fun and friendly way to explore the city.
Ashleigh Smith '20
Participating in the Duke in New York Fall program has been one of the highlights of my time at Duke."
The program's fantastic classes introduced me to the breadth of artistic and cultural opportunities New York has to offer and led me to completing a large-scale, New York-specific semester project. Through the program, I got to know other arts- and media-inclined Duke students, many of whom I hadn't crossed paths with on campus, through enjoying performances, exhibitions, films, meals, walking tours, and more together. On top of it all, for my internship, I got to work with industry professionals and get a taste of what working and living in the city after graduation would be like. I was thrilled to return to the city the summer after participating in the program to continue some of the work I began at my internship, and I plan to return to New York after graduating to pursue a career in musical theatre. My semester in New York exposed me to a variety of opportunities not available on campus and was a great change of pace from my usual campus routine. I cannot recommend the Duke in New York program highly enough!
Adam Beskind ‘20