About Us

Summer of Service is a program that offers Duke University undergraduates an opportunity to participate in service-based internships for non-profit and community organizations for 6-8 weeks during the summer. Participants will live in a major city and work directly with the people these organizations serve. Summer of Service will arrange for students to live with a Duke alumni host family, thereby fostering ties between Duke alumni and current students.

Alumni Clubs in participating cities are asked to provide opportunities for the student to interact with local alumni, as well as contribute towards a $1000 stipend for each student intern in their city. By making service based internships attractive, accessible, and affordable, Summer of Service hopes to contribute to the continuing education of the entire Duke community and instill in its participants a greater sense of civic responsibility.

Inspired by the outstanding Summer Service Project Internship program at the University of Notre Dame, and Professor Tony Brown's Enterprising Leadership Incubator, Summer of Service is a program with a mission to change the Duke undergraduate experience and benefit the nation's communities at large.


The support and assistance of the Duke University Career Center and Office of Alumni Affairs is an integral component of our program. Learn about all of our partners:


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Social Change Model


Everyone Benefits!


*Learn from interaction with alumni host

*Gain valuable work experience and a heightened sense of social awareness from internship

*Enjoy a summer away from home without incurring housing costs


*Obtain a Duke student intern who is passionate about the organization's cause and dedicated to accomplishing its mission

*Gain the fresh perspective of a Duke student leader

*Receive publicity for the organization in the collegiate environment and network

Alumni Clubs

*Stimulate alumni involvement and membership in the club by providing a unique opportunity for members to socialize and meet with Duke undergraduates

*Get to know a current undergraduate who can help recruit and talk to prospective Duke students

*Expand role of club in benefiting the local community

Alumni Hosts

*Reconnect with Duke through interaction with a current student

*Serve the University and the community by hosting a student

*Enjoy the company of a young student for 6 weeks


Summer of Service Co-Founding Team

Elle Pishny '07
Public Policy Major, Pre-Med, Markets and Management Certificate

Elliott Miller '07
Public Policy Major, Markets and Managment Certificate

Jessica Palacios '07
English Major, Health Policy Law and Management Certificate

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.”

-Henry David Thoreau-