A look back at Duke’s summer civic engagement opportunities

Duke’s campus is beginning its transition from summer to fall. First-year students arrive on campus today, and classes begin next week. Returning students are leaving summer experiences and returning to Duke from internships, jobs, and service programs all over the world. For students interested in civic engagement, summer is often the best time for immersion in a program – whether local, national or global. Below is a roundup of some of our favorite student blogs that highlight Blue Devils’ experiences in various Duke summer civic engagement programs.

DukeEngage: Duke’s largest and best-known summer program sent over 425 students to work with community partners nationally and globally this summer. A blog featuring DukeEngage’s independent summer projects highlights the diversity of participating students’ research experiences. There are also number of DukeEngage program blogs, written from students participating in programs on five continents. These blogs highlight the incredibly diverse experiences DukeEngage provides, and allow students to reflect on the meaning of their experiences.
Some highlights:

Kenan Summer Fellowship: This program allowed two students to conduct independent research, exploring the meaning of an ethical life. This year’s students, Lara Haft and Caroline Horrow, regularly updated a blog chronicling their experiences in Alabama, South Africa, and Uganda.

B.N. Duke Scholars: The B.N. Duke Scholars’ Carolina Summer of Service program brought ten rising sophomores to Georgetown, S.C. to work with a community partner. Each of the students kept a blog of their experience; the full list of blogs can be found here.

Undergraduate Admissions: Duke Undergraduate Admissions’ student bloggers posted updates of their experiences throughout the summer. The “Summer Spotlight” feature highlights some of the jobs, research and service Duke students are participating in throughout the world (and the site has some wonderful photos!).

Engineering World Health: The Engineering World Health Summer Institute is a Duke-based program that sends young scientists to work in hospitals in Tanzania, Nicaragua, and Rwanda. Their website features blogs, videos and photos of these students’ experiences.

Engagement through Duke doesn’t end with the academic year, and summer engagement programs help Duke students delve more deeply into their academic passions, combining civic and academic engagement – an ideal combination.