Duke in New York

Fall Arts & Media With Internship

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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.

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?

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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.


Location: New York City, NY, USA

Term: Fall

Dates: Sunday, August 22, 2021 - Friday, December 3, 2021

Application Deadline: March 1

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

Credit TypeDuke 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.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by the Duke English Department Other Affiliations: Visual and Media Studies, Theater Studies

Housing: Residence Hall 

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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 (For Fall 2021 only, the ability to take an NYU course by petition, for transfer credit is not available)
  • 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

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.

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.


Fall 2021

Architecture and Urbanism in New York City 
(ALP) 1.0  Duke Credit 
This course will explore the history of architecture and urbanism in New York City from the colonial period through the present day. We will study well-known monuments along with lesser-known but important works, and consider the political, cultural, and economic factors that fueled the development of New York’s built environment. Classroom lectures will be regularly supplemented with site visits across the city. 

Faculty instructor: Prof. Andrew Weinstein 


NYU Courses for Transfer Credit

*NOTE: For Fall 2021 this option is not available.

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.


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.



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
  • ABCNews.com
  • Art & Commerce
  • Arts & Business Council
  • Big Beach Films
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Charlie Rose Show
  • CITYarts, Inc.
  • Cliff Freeman & Partners
  • Clinton Global Initiative
  • CNN
  • CosmoGIRL!
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Cynthia Steffe
  • Decca Label Group
  • Dress for Success
  • EIC Agency, LLC
  • Focus Features
  • FUSE
  • Gerald Peters Gallery
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • HarperCollins Children’s Books
  • HBO
  • 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
  • Seventeen 
  • 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
  • Warner/Elektra/Atlantic
  • Women’s Wear Daily


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


In addition to engaging in a full academic experience, students participate in cultural excursions on a weekly basis. For Fall 2021, the activities included in the cultural excursions are TBD and will be dictated by the availability of events in the New York area and the latest Covid-19 protocols. 

Past Excursions

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


For Fall 2021, students will be housed in single rooms.

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, 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.


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 2021

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

  Duke Students
Tuition $29,042.50
Program Fee $500
Housing Fee (see below)
Transcript Fee N/A
Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $35,172.50

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 2021

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

  • Arrival: August 22, 2021
  • Departure: December 3, 2021 The last day to check out of housing is December 18.


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 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. The last day to check out of housing for Fall 2021 is December 18.


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.

Marianna Torgovnick

Professor of English

Soraya Campbell

GEO Asst. Director


Deadline: March 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.

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 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)


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
Art History

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