Developing Project Management Trainees (DEVELPMNT) Program

About Us

The purpose of DEVELPMNT is to introduce trainees to project management (PM) as a career and skill set. Our program is open to participants in all career stages, from undergraduate students to Duke staff!

Our program is partnered with known project management groups, university programs, and companies in an effort to build upon already well-established programs, network, and launch with a solid foundation.

We aim to provide participants with project management training ahead of entrance into the workforce and familiarize them with foundational knowledge to prepare for internships and employment.


Our application portal has now closed. The DEVELPMNT program runs annually, so please check back next fall for a new application.

Applicants should note that our program covers introductory project management topics. Current project managers or students with previous PM training would likely benefit from more advanced seminars.

Info Session

Slides from the 2024 DEVELPMNT Info Session can be found here: Info Session Slides

The DEVELPMNT program will provide the following:

A formal, multi-session workshop to learn about project management topics and tools

Access to the Project Management Community of Practice (PMCoP)

A greater understanding about PM as a career, what makes a successful PM, how to prepare for jobs, etc.

The opportunity to earn an internship with participating institutions upon completion of the program

2024 DEVELPMNT Program Schedule

Feb 8th

Session 1 General Introduction to Project Management

Feb 22nd

Session 2 Getting a Project off the Ground

March 7th

Session 3 Monitoring and Controlling a Project

March 21st

Session 4
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Realm of Project Management

April 4th

Session 5
Career Development

April 18th

Session 6 Project Management Career Panel

All sessions are scheduled to be held virtually from 12 – 1 PM.

The six-session workshop series is designed as follows:

    • Sessions 1-3: Participants will be assigned online reading modules to complete ahead of each meeting. Formal sessions will be led by a certified project manager and will serve as an opportunity to review course material as a group, ask questions, and discuss project management in theory vs. in-action. Small groups will then examine case studies and work as a team to problem solve and apply the project management skills learned in each session.
    • Session 4: This session will cover best practices for creating a successful resume tailored to a project management role and preparing for interviews. 
    • Session 5: Trainees, workshop leaders, and potential mentors will engage in training and discussion about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion specifically in the realm of project management. Case studies and audio/visual materials will be provided for review ahead of discussion.
    • Session 6: Project Management professionals across different fields will be discussing their career paths, trajectories, and work experiences. They will be available to answer questions and offer advice about job preparation, pros/cons, etc.

Interested in serving as a project manager mentor?

The DEVELPMNT Program is seeking enthusiastic and engaged mentors in a wide range of Project Management fields. Our goal is to provide internship opportunities that enable participants to apply their course-gained knowledge in project management to real-life projects. We will be recruiting mentors for our 2023 DEVELPMNT cohort from February 2024 – April 2024. The suggested duration for an internship position is June – August/September 2024. For more information, please reference the resource links in the right-hand panel or follow this link to register as a mentor:
Mentor Registration

Meet the Team


Becca Moreci, PhD

Co-director, Duke CTSI

Delisa Clay, PhD

Co-director, External Partner


The application for the 2024 DEVELPMNT program is now closed. We anticipate our next application cycle will begin in November 2024.

The portal for the 2024 DEVELPMNT program is now closed. We anticipate the 2025 application cycle will run from November – December 2024.

The first three sessions of the program will be based off the modules from the free online course offered by PMI: “Project Management for Beginners.”

To access this course please visit: Project Management for Beginners

If you are currently a project manager and would like to volunteer to mentor an intern, please email

Please direct any questions related to our program to