MEMP students at team-building workshop

** The program is underway. The submission period for 2020 has ended**
Bookmark this Page—The Summer Industry Projects program will return in Summer 2021!

Help Your Company and Help Students This Summer

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on every part of life, including the cancellation of many of this summer's industry internships for master's students. 

This has had a critical effect on our students since internships are valuable professional experiences in preparation for their future careers, in addition to being required for many of our master's degree programs.

Duke Engineering is creatively rising to this challenge to help our students and to help our industry partners. The Summer Industry Projects Program (SIPP) matches business or technical problems with solution-focused teams of talented engineering and/or engineering management graduate students.

About the Program

Duke Engineers design creative and effective solutions to problems of all types.

To participate, an organization identifies a critical need, and we supply talented and well-prepared students—and a Duke faculty or adjunct team mentor—to craft a solution over an eight-week summer project period.

 The Basics

  • Sponsors identify projects that focus on engineering problems, either business-oriented or technical
  • Students apply to projects that interest them
  • Teams of students are assigned (or individual students, in select cases)
  • A faculty or adjunct mentor is attached to each project
  • All work is done remotely
  • Project period is 30-40 hours per week for eight weeks, running June 1-July 24


  • Projects can either be unpaid, or paid via a donation to cover student living expenses (preferred)
  • Duke is helping students unable to meet living expenses through a dedicated assistance fund

 Project Examples

  • Product or system design
  • Market research
  • Data analysis
  • Analytics or machine learning modeling
  • Software application development/prototyping
  • New product business planning
  • Technical research

Brad Fox

"The Summer Industry Project program presents an excellent opportunity to make a difference—for your organization and in the lives of the next generation of Duke Engineers."

Bradley A. Fox
Associate Dean anD Executive Director, Professional Master's Programs


Jon Reifschneider

Jon Reifschneider
Director, Master of Engineering in AI for Product Innovation

Graduating Duke MEMP students throw their caps in the air

The deadline for submitting projects has passed.

Thank you to those who chose to partner with Duke Engineering!