What is DTech?

What is DTech?

Duke students in computer science classThe Duke Technology Scholars Program is a comprehensive effort to inspire a more diverse group of Duke students to choose careers in computer science and electrical & computer engineering. Our goal is to create a pipeline of tech-savvy individuals who will thrive in an industry that is the backbone of our society and economy. The program centers around the idea that relationships, mentorship and hands-on experience make the difference in recruiting and retaining such individuals in technology fields. DTech is a partnership between Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and Pratt School of Engineering through our departments of computer science, and electrical & computer engineering.

The program starts with a personal and professional development leadership day. Each scholar is then paired with a one-on-one mentor from the tech world who will help extend her individual technical skills, build confidence and professional networks, and help her envision how to create a rewarding career. Groups of scholars will live together throughout the summer, sharing experiences, learning together, and participating in summer programming with technology industry leaders. Internships with Silicon Valley, Seattle, Chicago or Research Triangle Park technology companies--many of whom include Duke University Alumni-- give DTech Scholars the opportunity to discover their potential to have an impact in the tech industry.

Program Features

  • 12-14 weeks of a paid internship
  • Professional and personal development leadership training
  • Housing with other Duke interns provided during the internship
  • One-on-one mentorship with experienced tech leaders
  • Networking events to meet top venture capitalists and industry leaders
  • Cultural and social events with Duke University alums
  • Exposure to high-tech companies and recruiters
  • Dedicated support and guidance throughout the year

Why Do We Need a DTech Program?

We launched DTech in 2016 in part because the tech industry has experienced a precipitous national decline in women and diverse populations majoring in computing disciplines. For example,  just one in four individuals working in the profession is female. Looking closer to home, we saw that although diverse groups of undergraduates started out choosing courses in computing, something happened along the way -- and fewer than we hoped actually chose careers in tech. We believe that intervention as early as possible in a student's academic career is critical for retaining such individuals in tech majors. A key challenge we have to overcome is sustaining students' interest and enthusiasm for tech throughout four years of college. By providing these signature DTech mentorships and internship opportunities as early as sophomore year, the DTech Scholars program increases the probability that these individuals will choose tech for their careers and ultimately thrive in the tech industry.

Fast Facts

Ongoing Innovation on Campus

Back on Duke's campus in Durham, North Carolina, leading faculty researchers are working together to make both Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering more appealing to women through hands-on curricula that focuses on real-world impact. And, we are deepening advising and cultivating a sense of belonging and community as key elements in our quest to recruit and retain women undergraduates.