MEMP students at team-building workshop

Now Accepting Partner Proposals

Duke SIPP is an eight-week virtual program with benefits for master's students and project partners. We are now accepting partners for Summer 2021.

Project sponsors can range from startups to large tech companies to public agencies. You propose a project with impact to our group of about 60 master's-level students, who have Duke training in:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Financial Technology (FinTech)
  • Engineering Management

In 2020, Duke master's students helped solve critical problems for our corporate partners while gaining valuable professional experience. Project sponsors pay no fee for participating in this educational program.

Join us for SIPP 2021! Scroll down to learn more, start your project application, or click below to contact us.

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About Duke SIPP 2021

 Example Projects

The best projects involve prototyping, or exploring a new technology or market space:

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

See more examples from SIPP 2020 »

 How the Program Works

  • Sponsors identify a critical engineering problem, either business-oriented or technical
  • Sponsors then submit a project application
  • Projects are accepted into SIPP, and students apply to projects that interest them
  • Teams of students (or individual students, in select cases) are assigned
  • Work is completed, 30-40 hours per week, using remote technologies
  • Your organization may participate in weekly 45-minute professional development sessions
  • 2021 program dates: June 1-July 23

 Submit Your Proposal

  • Identify a project that has impact and is meaningful to your organization
  • Determine if your project is for an individual or a team of 2-4 students
  • Scope your project to 8 weeks, 30-40 hours/week per team member
  • Prepare and plan to dedicate enough of your time to assist the project, participate in weekly sessions and provide a professional experience
  • Submit your project proposal application

 Important Notes

  • Duke welcomes partners, and charges no fee to partners for this educational program
  • All project proposals will be reviewed, but time and other limits may mean some proposals are not accepted
  • Accepted projects will receive a letter of confirmation from Duke before work begins. The letter does not create a legal agreement between Duke and the company sponsor
  • Except for the proposal and potential letter of confirmation, no other paperwork is required
  • It is generally expected that students will not be working with confidential data. Duke will not sign confidentiality agreements on behalf of the university. Students may sign NDAs, but at the student's sole discretion

Robert J. Coyle

"The students' knowledge of the business was outstanding. Their presentation was professional and well-organized. They told a great story, backed up their findings, and created a model that allowed people to test. Brilliant execution!"

Robert J. Coyle
SVP, Pharma & Healthcare Strategy


Jon Reifschneider

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

Graduating Duke MEMP students throw their caps in the air