Summer interns add value to organizations in many ways. A thoughtful approach ensures a successful experience for the student and the employer. Get started here and reach out when you are ready to take the next step to find your Duke MBA summer intern.

Goals iconWhat value can an intern offer? The benefits of hiring a one-time intern or developing an internship program vary and need to be communicated to your organization and the leadership to get buy-in. Among others, these benefits can include:


  • Helping with a specific project that needs to be completed in a particular timeline.
  • Enabling a team to advance strategic projects with day-to-day support.
  • Attracting and assessing the right talent for future hiring. 
  • Helping the organization apply the latest strategies and technology in the field.
  • Providing employees with mentorship and leadership experiences.
  • Creating enthusiasm for your organization among other students.
  • Introducing fresh perspectives on organizational issues. 

projects iconThe following is a list of typical projects meant to give you ideas. Your projects may include other functions not described here and other types of projects within those functions. 


  • Strategic planning coordination and research 
  • International expansion strategy – country prioritization 
  • Growth strategy – opportunity evaluation 
  • Business Plan revision and improvement 
  • Feasibility analysis 

 Marketing & Sales: 

  • Marketing plan  
  • Digital communications management 
  • Distribution channel evaluation and prioritization 
  • Development of new products and/or services 


  • Impact assessment – qualitative and quantitative 
  • Productivity analysis
  • Benchmarking research 
  • Synergy analysis for mergers and acquisitions 
  • Consulting for clients in the field 


  • Investment analysis 
  • Financial structuring and evaluation 
  • Valuation 
  • Fundraising 

Blue Devil iconOnce you have defined your needs and gained organizational buy-in, you will need to determine several details:

How long should the internship be?

  • First, answer the question, "What is a reasonable timeframe to accomplish the work?"
  • The length of an internship can vary depending on the needs and goals of the organization. Duke Daytime MBA students are available for internships from the middle of May to the middle of August. See the current recruiting calendar for specific dates.
  • The standard MBA internship is a paid, full-time position for 8 to 12 weeks.

How do you make the experience beneficial to the intern?

  • Allow interns to observe, contribute, and rotate through the different parts of the organization.
  • Ensure they achieve tangible and measurable outcomes to their work.
  • Enable them to make career connections through mentorship and networking opportunities within the organization/industry.
  • Provide constructive, ongoing personal and professional development feedback.

What is my resource availability?

  • Who will supervise and mentor the intern(s)? This person will assist in hiring and onboarding, developing work objectives, and regularly evaluating performance.
  • What level of involvement will the team, the broader organization, and the executive team have?

How will I compensate the intern?

  • Compensation is typically determined by pro-rating full-time salary of the role. Consult salary data for Duke MBA interns here.
  • MBA internship salaries range widely depending on industry, function, and geography. Benchmarking is essential to ensure you make a competitive offer.

implementation iconConsider the lifecycle of an internship: recruitment --> management --> exit and conversion.


Recruitment & Selection

  • Create a job description [see sample job description]
  • Work with your HR department to devise recruitment processes
    • If you don't have an HR department, please reach out and we will help you think through these processes
    • Promote the opportunity through a variety of channels
  • Identify candidates, interview, and select


  • Onboard/orient and train
  • Set and communicate expectations, goals, and deliverables
  • Create networking opportunities
  • Arrange for the intern to present work to members of the organization and senior leadership
  • Provide ongoing feedback and evaluation
    • Discuss projects regularly and expected outcomes
    • Schedule a formal mid-internship evaluation to provide a forum for constructive feedback and questions.
    • Encourage your intern to report on project status and ask questions.

Exit and conversion

  • Off-boarding - an exit interview is among the best practices for internships. What questions will you ask to gather feedback on the intern's experience?
  • Solicit input from across the organization and specific stakeholders.
  • Is there a fulltime opportunity or need on this team or elsewhere in the organization?
  • Evaluate cost-benefit to your organization.
  • Determine necessary changes or improvements for future.

considerations iconWe encourage you to explore these factors as you develop an internship program.


Consider diversity

Fuqua's international talent may not be the first thing you think of for diverse talent. However, these candidates provide the expertise and diverse perspective your company needs in the global economy and marketplace. These individuals have a great understanding of cross-cultural business management and development, and represent diversity to enhance your organization. They are considered among the brightest and most highly motivated within their countries, and have demonstrated courage to tackle the unknown and excel in diverse workplaces. Hiring international talent from Duke is easier than you think!

Legal considerations

  • If you do not have a robust Human Resources department, as a host organization, the best way to cover your bases legally is to consult with your company's legal counsel or contact an employment law professional before you begin the hiring process.  
  • One legal issue, for example, is paid versus unpaid. The Fair Labor Standards Act dictates that employees must be paid. Interns may or may not be considered employees. 
  • The Fuqua Career Management Center does not post or facilitate recruiting for unpaid internships. The Fuqua School of Business offers a Mentored Study Program in which students may receive credit for unpaid internships.

Remote work 

Navigating a remote internship, even for an employer with remote employees, can be full of complexities for the organization and the intern. How do you successfully onboard and engage short-term employees, especially if your goal is to convert them to full-time hires? We've compiled some helpful resources for you.


Sample Project/Internship description


Company description 


At ### we've got a place for you.  ### is developing sustainable energy to provide for the communities of today and planning for a brighter tomorrow.  ### knows the future of energy is you. 

As a Chicago based Fortune 150 Company, with more than $15 billion annual revenues, ### distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and gas to 480,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. In addition to energy delivery, ## #'s operations include energy generation and power marketing and has one of the industry's largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. 

Project (s) Description 

Potential assignments may include:  
Analysis of product supply processes to ensure they operate effectively to support planned levels of Sales (including new product launches). 

Support operational efficiency via appropriate deployment of resources, both personnel and budget, to realize company objectives in collaboration with external partners and internal customers. 

Ensure the Sales & Operations planning process operates effectively in collaboration with Business Units and Global Supply Chain so that demand forecast, and supply plans are strongly aligned and balanced. 
Project work will result in actionable recommendations to increase profitability, cash flows, and reduce inventory; modeling business plans for key growth planks; annual financial budgeting and strategic planning process and resource allocation and headcount planning. 

Project timeline:
4-8 weeks. 

Work Authorization
U.S. citizenship or permanent work authorization required? 
Yes or No. 

Target audience: 
All, First Year MBA students 


  • Must be skilled in MS Office tools, basic statistical concepts, and basic data/financial analysis.   
  • Strong technical knowledge of logistics and operations.   
  • Ability to support multiple projects simultaneously, to deal with short timelines and find creative solutions.  
  • Ability to work within a diverse multicultural and international environment.  
  • A drive to succeed.  
  • Ability to develop relationships at all levels of the organization and participate fully in executive level strategic decisions. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Previous training as Six Sigma Green or Black Belt desired. 
  • Undergraduate Degree in Engineering or previous technical experience.