For Preceptors

Thinking About Hosting an Intern?

Is your department, unit, or research group interested in hosting a student for a learning experience? Our program can assist with matching your needs to a student from an area college or university who is looking to expand his or her horizons with real-world experience.

The first step is determine whether the student in question is seeking course credit for the internship. If not, the individual will need to be registered with the Duke Office of Scientific Integrity as a visiting scholar. If course credit is desired, CRISP can help. You need only to submit your internship opportunity via our online portal, and we’ll handle the rest. The decision tree below lays out these two pathways.

CRISP recruits interns from Duke, Campbell University, Durham Tech, Elon University, NCCU, Wake Forest, and UNC-Wilmington for semester- or year-long placements in a variety of research settings. Requisite hours and institutional expectations will vary from school to school, but we can more than likely assist in locating a student who can support your work in exchange for course credit, valuable work experience, and professional mentoring.

If you would like more information about our program and the benefits of hosting an intern, please contact Taryn Cavanaugh Faulk at taryn.cavanaugh@duke.edu. Internship opportunities can be submitted for consideration and posting here.

For more information about bringing aboard a variety of research staff (e.g., interns, work-study students, volunteers, visiting research scholars), take a look at this video from MyResearchPath.

 

Mentoring Resources

Hosting an intern offers many benefits, from infusing your work with the energy and unique insight of an early-career trainee to providing your team with the chance to strengthen its mentoring skills and capacity. As you consider how you might integrate an intern into your work environment, you should also give thought to what processes and plans you’ll put in place to ensure that the internship provides a positive learning experience for the mentor and mentee alike. To the end, below are a few resources for your consideration.