What is DTech?

DTech is a comprehensive effort to empower the next generation of diverse leaders who will bring increased innovation to the tech industry.  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 Office of Information TechnologyTrinity College of Arts & Sciences and Pratt School of Engineering through our departments of Computer Science, and Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Program Features

Duke students in computer science classThe year-round DTech Program supports Duke students from groups underrepresented in tech.  DTech provides undergraduate members with opportunities to build community, learn about career opportunities, develop interviewing skills, find internships, gain advice from upperclassmen, and grow as leaders.  Over the past year, the DTech member community has grown to include a diverse group of over 300 women studying Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Math/Statistics and other tech-related fields.  

Once students are DTech members they are eligible to apply to the DTech Scholars Program which is a comprehensive summer experience including:

  • A 10-12 week technical summer internship (Internships are obtained by the students, often with the support of DTech.)

  • Spring workshops to prepare for the internship experience 

  • Subsidized summer housing with other DTech Scholars in locations such as the Bay Area, Seattle, and Raleigh-Durham

  • One-on-one mentorship provided by experienced tech leaders and previous DTech Scholars

  • Networking events to meet industry leaders

  • Weekly workshops featuring visits to top tech companies and leadership training

  • Weekly DTech Circles with other DTech Scholars  to build community and provide/receive support

  • Cultural and social events with Duke University Alumni

Why is DTech Important?

We launched DTech in 2016 because 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 all students in technical majors. By helping students develop a supportive community, gain real-world experience, visualize the broad range of potential tech careers, and build relationships with industry leaders, DTech increases the probability that individuals will graduate with technical degrees and ultimately thrive in the tech industry.

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