Duke in Silicon Valley

Duke In Silicon Valley

Summer 2016 – For Pratt Master's Students

Experience Studying, Living, and Working in Silicon Valley

The Pratt School of Engineering, in collaboration with the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative and Duke Law, is offering a four-week (3 credit) course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a Silicon Valley location in summer 2016. This course will be similar to the undergraduate Duke in Silicon Valley program.

The course will be limited to 20 students, and will consist of Pratt graduate students and students in Duke Law's Law and Entrepreneurship LLM program.

Among the key benefits of this experience, in addition to the academic course, will be afternoon discussions with Silicon Valley innovators and entrepreneurs, and field trips to various Silicon Valley companies.

After the Duke in Silicon Valley course, you will have the opportunity to complete an internship in Silicon Valley. We will work with Duke Alumni in Silicon Valley to identify internship opportunities so that participants may experience working and living in Silicon Valley.

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Application Process

Applications were due Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8 am EST.


Key Dates

Feb 9, 2016

Information Session

Feb. 22, 2016, at 8 am 

Applications were due

Feb. 29, 2016

Selected participants are notified

March 15, 2016

Deadline to complete Duke in Silicon Valley Participation Agreement*


Work with Development/alumni to identify internships

*If you withdraw after committing to attend, you will be required to pay a cancellation fee.


Program Schedule

May 23

Move into apartment

May 24–June 17

Duke in Silicon Valley class

June 24

Move out of apartment

June 20-August 12

8-week internship

August 29

Fall classes begin


Estimated Costs

Course Tuition (cost for a 3-credit course in your program)

  • MS: $8,625
  • MEng: $7,146
  • MEMP: $6,067.50
  • Program Fee: $4,500

Note: Through generous donor support a scholarship of $4,500 will be offered to any Pratt graduate students participating in the Duke in Silicon Valley class. 

Included in Program Fee

  • Accommodations (during class only, student must find accommodations for internship) Read more about accommodations.
  • Program-sponsored activities and excursions
  • Orientation program
  • Internet usage

Not Included in Program Fee

Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive. The program fee does not include: 

  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation to/from program site
  • Local transportation
  • Meals
  • On-site accident and health insurance policy
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Visa (if needed)
  • Mobile phone
  • Laundry
  • Independent travel and entertainment
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Incidentals


  • Based on your interests, we will work with Duke alumni to identify internships of interest.
  • It is expected that these will be paid internships at the rate determined by the employer.

Logistics for International Students

  • MS international students, obtain OPT, sign up for departmental internship course and pay Grad School tuition of  $1,370
  • MEng and MEMP international students: Obtain CPT and sign up for MEng/MEMP 550. There is no cost for these courses.