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Experiential Requirements

I&E Certificate students must complete two experiences to allow them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom in real situations. One experience must exceed 150 hours, while the other must exceed 300 hours. Examples of these experiences include—but are not limited to—innovative and entrepreneurial internships, research, civic engagement initiatives, independent projects, and work developing an independent venture.


Each summer, a cohort of students spends four weeks in Silicon Valley where they complete a one-course-credit program in the nation’s hub for innovative enterprise. Supported by generous gifts from Ron Ludwig (T’65) and Dan and Jill Ciporin (T’84), the program highlights include meetings with local alumni entrepreneurs and visits to both startups and prominent tech companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook. The program was developed by Duke I&E and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO-U), in conjunction with Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and Pratt School of Engineering.

See what Silicon Valley students have to say about the program:

Watch a video about the Duke in Silicon Valley experience here.

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