Duke Summer Experiences is an opportunity aggregator for undergraduate students. Opportunity-specific questions should be directed to the program's or opportunity's coordinator which is listed on each opportunity's individual database listing. General frequently asked student questions are outlined below. If you don't see what you are looking for, you can contact the Summer Experiences team at experientialed@duke.edu.


The DSE opportunities database aggregates programs and opportunities designed for undergraduate students. The eligibility requirements vary per program and are outlined at the bottom of each program’s individual database listing. 

At this point, Duke Summer Experiences is mainly aggregating opportunities for Duke’s undergraduate students. However, if an opportunity does accept graduate students it is indicated on the program's profile page. Graduate students can also look for opportunities on this website: Funding and Other Opportunities for Duke Graduate Students.  

Each summer opportunity has a different due date. Please check the individual opportunity's listing for application timeline details. 

Opportunities have different program dates. Most programming dates take place during the summer, but it should be noted that some programs have commitments that run into the fall and academic year. Each opportunity’s program dates are listed on their individual database listing. 

Some of the opportunities listed in the Duke Summer Experiences database offer academic credit that can be applied to your Duke degree. You can determine if an opportunity offers academic credit by looking at each individual opportunity's database listing. You can also sort the database by the “credit” category found on the left side of the database search page. 

Follow this link to further information from Duke Visa Services on expected qualifications for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and details on the application process.

For Summer 2024:

Students who are involved in a local co-curricular program or working in Durham as a research assistant, intern, etc. can apply to live on campus this summer through Conference and Event Services (CES) at the rate of $44.20/night for a double room or $55.10/night for a single room. The dates for CES housing are May 17 - July 28, 2024. Please reach out to summer-ces@duke.edu with any questions.

On-campus housing is also available for students enrolled in Summer Session courses. For further summer information and a housing application, visit the Housing and Residence Life website or contact Housing Assignments: by phone, 919-684-4304; or email housing@duke.edu.

Extension housing options between Spring and Summer terms 2024:

Extension housing is available to currently assigned residential students who need to remain on campus after the 12pm move-out at the end of the spring semester. Submission of the extension form does not guarantee approval. Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning mid-April. Students will be notified of their extension status within 3 days of submission. In the event your request is approved, you may be required to relocate out of your current spring assignment to a different assignment on campus. The application can be accessed through the housing portal. Please email housing@duke.edu if you have any questions.

Extension housing options between Summer and Fall terms 2024:

Early Arrival Housing will be available for Duke students looking for housing after the end of CES Summer on July 28th before the official move-in date for the Fall 2024 semester. The application for Early Arrival Housing will be posted on the Housing website in July 2024. Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email housing@duke.edu if you have any questions.

Each opportunity is different. You can determine if an opportunity has a cost to participate by looking at each individual opportunity's database listing. You can also sort the database by the “program cost” category found on the left side of the database search page. 

The opportunities on Duke Summer Experiences take one of four compensation structures.  

  • Hourly - Students participating in an opportunity with hourly compensation can expect to be paid based on their time commitment to the program. This traditionally looks like filling out a time card or punching a time clock to track the hours worked. Opportunities with hourly compensation list their hourly rate. 

  • Program cost covered in full - There are no costs to participating in this program, but students might need to budget for costs not associated with the program. For example- DukeEngage's program costs are covered in full, but students would need to pay for the souvenirs purchased on the trip. 

  • Stipend - Stipend payments are made to support the recipient in education enrichment opportunities and where the student is not required to work for or provide any type of service for or on behalf of Duke in exchange for the payment. Stipends are also known as non-compensatory payments and may also include fellowships and grant payments. It should be noted that Duke reports all non-compensatory payments to the IRS on a Form 1099 (U.S. Citizens and residents) or Form 1042 (foreign nationals). 

  • Unpaid - These opportunities will not financially compensate students for their participation. 

The Duke Summer Experiences team is active on Instagram at @dukeexperientialed to showcase experiential education happening across the university. We would love to promote your programs on our page and would appreciate your help in getting the word out about the DSE database. We have created a DSE Promotion Toolkit with instructions on how to submit your program information to our team and help share about DSE with others.