For DTech Scholars

The information below is for current Duke Technology Scholars and includes program requirements and guidance.

Program Requirements

  • You must be able to work full time for the duration of your internship. Internships are typically 12-14 weeks.
  • Live in group housing with other DTech Scholars for the duration of the summer.
  • Comply with codes of conduct outlined in your signed DTech Scholars contract.
  • Participate in summer programming.
  • Develop a relationship with your assigned mentor.
  • Write one or more blog articles about your internship experience.
  • Participate in the professional and personal leadership development day.

Blog Guidelines

We ask that DTech Scholar to write at least one blog during your summer internship. The guidelines below are intended to help you write an engaging article that helps readers understand and gain interest in your experiences in this program. Learning how to communicate effectively is one of the most important and marketable skills anyone can develop.

Length of blog article

  • 600 words or less

Online Writing Guidelines

  • Use a conversational, relaxed writing style. Blogging is successful when readers get to know your personality.
  • Don’t be too formal, just be yourself. And avoid technical jargon. Read your work out loud when you are done writing. Is this how you talk? Your readers want to get to know YOU through your writing.
  • Be specific – write about one or two experiences at a time. Don’t try to do too many things in a single blog post.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling. Proofread carefully and/or ask another DTech Scholar to proofread as well.
  • Think before you post. Ask yourself, is this something you want your internship company, future employers, professors, friends or strangers to see? What are the consequences if you post this?
  • Pay attention to your internship company's intellectual property. Be careful not to disclose proprietary information about how or what your company is doing. If you have any doubts, ask your internship supervisor and/or your mentor.
  • Pay attention to copyright. Credit other people’s work appropriately and link to your sources.
  • Feel free to quote other people – but make sure you quote them correctly.
  • Only post information you can verify as accurate. Provide links to your sources when possible.

Helpful Phrases

  • This made me think about …
  • I wondered why …
  • This helped me form an opinion about …
  • I wish I understood why …
  • This is important because …
  • Another thing to consider …
  • I can relate to this …
  • I don’t understand …
  • I was reminded that …
  • I found myself wondering …

For more writing prompts, visit 50 Ideas for Student Blogging and Writing Online.

Online Personal Safety Guidelines

  • Never post or share personal information online. And never post or share your friends’ personal information.
  • Never share your internet passwords.
  • Never meet anyone face-to-face whom you only know online.