Nonprofit Capacity

A large crowd of Duke students at the Durham Food bank posing with produce

Durham and Community Affairs is committed to supporting nonprofits and faith-based organizations through capacity-building activities such as grant writing and board development, resources such as grants, research and volunteerism, and programmatic support.

For Community Partners

ConnectCommunity Platform

Create a profile for your organization and share opportunities to connect with Duke students, staff and faculty.

Submit Opportunities

Community-Based Federal Work-Study

Duke provides a wide variety of community-based work-study opportunities for students interested in working with nonprofit organizations in Durham. These positions provide students with meaningful skill development and sustained employment and organizations with skilled labor at minimal cost. Organizations hosting a community-based federal work-study position are reimbursed for 90% of the cost of a work-study student.

Duke has recently updated its COVID-19 restrictions. Effective June 1, organizations can submit in-person opportunities that are consistent with state guidelines. The recommendations allow for indoor gatherings of up to 100 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people. Face masks should still be required for indoor public spaces. Additionally, strong safety protocols, capacity limits, and social distancing are recommended. Please keep in mind this change goes into effect during the summer months, when fewer Duke students may be available to respond to opportunities. This policy is subject to change based on state or Duke University guidelines. 

Submission and Hiring Process for Work-Study

  1. Agencies should submit a position description by completing an online submission form.
  2. If the request is approved, the agency will receive a Work Study Agreement form which they will need to complete, sign and return to the University.
  3. Once the agreement is processed, the position is posted with Duke Civic Engagement and the Duke List for part-time employment.
  4. Interested students contact the nonprofit organization to be interviewed. Students must be eligible for federal or Duke work-study.*
  5. Agency identifies a student to hire and submits “Hire Form” to The “Hire Form” is found here. It must be completed and on file prior to hiring a work-study student.
  6. Agency hires the student through the organization’s established pay routine and the student is paid by the organization for hours worked. After payment to student, the agency will submit the reimbursement form with required documentation attached to

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Agencies may consider Duke work-study even if the selected student does not qualify for federal work-study. Please be aware that Duke work-study is funded by the university and the reimbursement rate is 50% of student earnings. Federal work-study is funded by the federal government and has a reimbursement rate of 90% of student earnings.

Click here to learn more about “Hiring & Paying Work-Study Students”.

Current Work-Study Opportunities

America Reads and Counts – Tutor

Become a Duke Tutor with America Reads and Counts!

Orientation, trainings, and regular check-ins provided!

– 2021-22 programming will be VIRTUAL and/or IN PERSON
– Acquire necessary knowledge about Durham, our education system, tutoring strategies, and cultural competency
– Gain experience with teachers and students in the classroom and support local community organizations and schools
– Set your own schedule

Learn more and apply at SITES.DUKE.EDU/ARAC

Jumpstart (Duke’s Chapter) – Corps member

Join Duke’s Chapter of Jumpstart to teach, learn, and inspire.

Whether you’re interested in becoming a teacher, looking for a federal work study opportunity, gaining valuable professional skills to better your career, or simply love spending time with children, Jumpstart is a great way to give to your community and make a lasting impact.

– Gain professional experience working directly with children and teachers in preschool
– Support children’s learning through a research-based curriculum and increasing children’s kindergarten readiness
– Receive ongoing training and support


Join as an AmeriCorps member to receive a Segal Education Award. Must be able to work 12.5 hours a week to be eligible. (Learn more here:

Learn more and apply at


Emily Krzyzewski Center – Social Media Assistant – Game Plan: College Program

The Emily Krzyzewski Center, a nonprofit organization in Durham, North Carolina, implements four distinct programs designed to build on the academic, career, and leadership potential of students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Responsibilities and Duties: 1) Create content for social media platforms that boost Durham high school student and family engagement with the organization and program. 2) Collaborate with the Game Plan: College team to gain an understanding of how and what we communicate to reach our primary audiences (current Durham high school students, families, and other stakeholders.) 3) Collect and share stories about program participants to support campaigns and advocacy efforts. 4) Employ innovative tactics to grow the audiences of each of the program’s social media platforms. 5) Contribute to the team efforts by accomplishing related tasks as needed.

Skills, qualifications or requirements: 1)Currently enrolled or have recently completed college/postsecondary program. 2) Ability to multitask effectively with excellent attention to detail. 3) Strong understanding of the Emily K Center’s mission and culture. 4) Willingness to take independent initiative while fulfilling responsibilities as part of a team. 5) Experience working with Instagram, Twitter, MailChimp, Hootsuite, Facebook,Youtube and/or other social media tools/services. 6)Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Pay: $12.50/hour
Hours: 8 hours per week.
Number of positions: 1
Contact Information: Christina Villegas, OR (919)525-1165

***Work-study is required to apply for this position***

The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center – Community Programs Support

Since 1972, The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center has been making a difference by strengthening nonprofits and engaging volunteers.

Responsibilities and Duties: Provide program assistance for community volunteer projects (includes outreach activities, database updates, etc) Assist with nonprofit engagement activities Help coordinate program awareness throughout the Triangle area. Work with student leadership/volunteer projects (high school students). Support resource development and fundraising projects Assist with Center’s events/training sessions, etc. Conduct research and help develop and maintain surveys/evaluations/analysis.

Skills, qualifications or requirements: Strong communication skills (written and verbal) Advanced computer abilities (PC environment – Microsoft Office Suite), internet, email, databases Multi-tasking/Flexible/Adaptable (nonprofit environment/changing dynamic priorities) Attention to detail and accuracy (follows procedures and follows up as needed) Graphic/social media skills helpful.

Pay: $16.50/hour

Hours: 10-12 hours/week.

Number of positions: 2

Contact Information: Kim Shaw at & Adrienne Clark Campus

***Federal work-study is required to apply for this position***

Durham Success Summit – Intern, Marketing & Communications

Responsibilities and Duties: The Marketing & Communications Intern will be the artist through which our message will flow to our social media and print audiences. You’ll be creative, organized and with a key eye for detail, ensuring our message is presented properly to further the aims and goals of our program.

• You will have responsibility over the content of our social media channels and be in charge of planning, curating, writing, and designing our content for Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

• You will be responsible for managing our accounts with discretion and professionalism and ensuring a consistent tone of voice across platforms

• You will be expected to coordinate with a range of vendors including videographers and photographers in order to ensure a timely and quality delivery of DSS assets

• You will be expected to manage the development, distribution and maintenance of our print and electronic collateral including newsletters, brochures, annual report, e-newsletters and the non-profit website

• You will be responsible for webpage maintenance, ensuring that new and consistent information and content is posted on a regular basis.

Skills, qualifications or requirements:

• Understanding of the key marketing and communications tools across advertising, print, press, digital, etc.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

• Good planning skills and a key attention to detail.

• Experience using a range of digital marketing and communications channels e.g. social media, e-comms platforms, website content management systems

• Excellent writing skills, including newsletter and website copy

• Have demonstrable knowledge of Asana and Google Suite

• Knowledge of Buffer, Mailchimp, Canva and Photoshop

• A real passion for the work and mission of the program.

Pay: $18/hour

Hours: 8-10 hours per week.

Number of positions: 2

Contact Information: Derek Rhodes, or 9196277407

HELPS Education Fund – HELPS Tutor

Responsibilities and Duties: The HELPS Tutor will support 1st through 5th grade students at four Durham Elementary Schools in their reading fluency development by offering high-quality tutoring with the Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) program. The main purpose of HELPS is to strengthen students’ reading fluency and confidence as readers. HELPS has been rigorously researched and validated to improve students’ reading fluency, comprehension, and confidence. Under the leadership and direction of Helps Education Fund, this position will be a part-time, hourly contract position. Tutoring will be completed in-person at the local elementary schools.

Skills, qualifications, or requirements:  Minimum Age: 18 Clearance via the fingerprinting and background check organization (Book Harvest and DPS) Minimum high school diploma with a 3.0 current grade average. High school-level English proficiency is required (in order to model and correct students’ English reading skills, which include phonics, fluency, and comprehension). Consistent access to reliable transportation Ability to work consistent 2 to 3 hour days, 4-5 days a week Successfully completion of virtual training and practice activities for specific HELPS tutoring intervention (approximately 12-20 total hours). Participation in coaching to support HELPS tutoring with students. 100% attendance of training, tutoring sessions, and job-related meetings with a maximum of 2 unscheduled absences. (Note: student success depends on tutors’ mastery of each program’s tutoring concepts – it helps them progress through their reading improvement). Proficiency with Google Docs/Sheets.

Pay: $15/hour

Hours: 12 hours per week.

Number of positions: 12

Contact Information: Dalia Wimberly, or 919-724-9353

***Work-study is required to apply for this position***

World Relief Durham – Youth Mentorship Program Aide

Responsibilities and Duties:  Support the Youth Mentorship Program for refugee youth ages 15- to 24. This program seeks to meet the needs of older refugee youth with their goals related to academic & vocational advancement, civic & social engagement, and community-building among the mentorship community.

This position will assist with the following tasks and events: monthly large group Mentorship meetings, planning YMP participant outings to connect students with community, data tracking of all services provided by YMP, case management services to a subset of these youth & their families, and various

administrative tasks. This position will report to the Youth Mentorship Coordinator and will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week, with availability on Monday evenings and weekends as needed.

Skills, qualifications, or requirements: Valid driver’s license. Passionate, dynamic, and good at improvising. Prior

experience working with youth is preferred. All student workers and interns undergo training in World Relief Durham’s policies and procedures when they start work.

Pay: $15/hour

Hours: 10-19 hours per week.

Number of positions: 1 – 2

Contact Information:  Amber Diaz Pearson, or 919-286-3496 *OPTION 5*


***Work-study is required to apply for this position***

World Relief Durham – Refugee Resettlement Case Management Aide

Responsibilities and Duties:

A case management aide actively supports the resettlement of newly arrived refugees, SIVs and Afghan Humanitarian Parolees. Case management aides will serve clients enrolled in initial

resettlement services, employment services and/or extended case management for medical vulnerabilities. Case management aides work directly with the resettlement team, providing administrative support, assisting clients with community orientation, and providing transportation for clients’ appointments.

Skills, qualifications, or requirements:

Case management aides must be detail-oriented, organized, efficient, and flexible. Aides must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to transport clients in WRD vehicles. All student workers and interns receive training in World Relief Durham’s policies and procedures when they start work.

Pay: $15/hour

Hours: 10-19 hours per week.

Number of positions: 2 – 4

Contact Information:  Amber Diaz Pearson, or 919-286-3496 *OPTION 5*


***Work-study is required to apply for this position***

Resources for Connecting with Duke

Do you need more volunteers? Do you have an upcoming project for which you might like to collaborate with Duke faculty and students? Do you know what resources are available at Duke for funding, space use, training or consultations?

The resources listed below are intended to assist in your navigation of Duke. If you have questions about the resources available, or if you have changes or additions to the list, please contact

Volunteer & Staff Recruitment



The ConnectCommunity platform, managed by Duke Civic Engagement, allows community partners to create organization profiles and post engagement opportunities for Duke students, staff, and faculty.

Duke Alums Engage

Duke Alums Engage organizes Duke alumni in the Triangle to participate in local volunteer projects.

Duke Career Center

The Duke Career Center works with employers to build a recruiting strategy, post a job or attend a career fair. The Career Center has these and many other resources for local employers seeking exceptional candidates.

Duke Partnership for Service (dPS)

Duke Partnership for Service is the governance organization for student service and social action groups on campus. They connect Duke students with service organizations and community projects.

Partnership Opportunities

CASE i3 Consulting Program (CASE i3CP)

Through CASE i3CP, organizations can engage a team of MBA students to address an impact investing challenge they are facing. Your organization will benefit from the passion, fresh perspective and technical expertise students bring to the project, while students benefit from the opportunity to apply their academic learning in impact investing to a real-world issue.

Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores, Duke University Superfund Research Center

The Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores of the Duke University Superfund Research Center work with communities across North Carolina affected by environmental contaminants. Communities can contact us with short-term requests for information related to environmental contamination or with proposals for longer term engagement through participatory research projects and/or education and outreach activities.


Through Data+, organizations can work with Duke students and faculty to help them analyze and visualize data sets to make policy and programming decisions.

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership

The DDNP is a collaborative open to 14 neighborhood associations close to Duke’s campus. This collaborative grounds our neighborhood and housing work in the experiences of grassroots organizations and individuals.


Through DukeEngage, students and faculty collaborate with communities – locally and globally – to address critical social issues. The 2021 DukeEngage-Durham program focuses on working with local migrant youth and Durham community organizations to address both the growing inequalities in sectors of housing, health care, education and transportation and the collective trauma these injustices foster.

Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI)

DISI convenes interdisciplinary graduate student teams that provide pro-bono consulting and technology services to social organizations in Durham and beyond. The organization provides students with the opportunity to gain experience beyond the classroom in a collaborative environment while strengthening the work of change-makers at the intersection of technology, business, and public policy.

Duke Law School: Duke Legal Clinics

The Duke Law School Legal Clinic is a resource for those in the Durham community and beyond who do not otherwise have access to legal services. The Clinic operates collectively like a public interest law firm with several distinct practice areas which include: Appellate Litigation, Children’s Law, Civil Justice, Community Enterprise, Environmental Law & Policy, First Amendment, HIV/AIDS Policy, Health Justice, International Human Rights, Start-up Ventures and Wrongful Convictions.

Duke Service-Learning

Duke Service-Learning works with faculty and community partners to provide hands-on experiences for students that complement the educational objectives of academic courses and foster ethical collaborations with partners. Students commit to 20 hours per semester with the community partners associated with their courses.

Fuqua on Board

The Fuqua on Board (FOB) program matches Duke MBA students with Durham-area nonprofits to serve as non-voting board members. Over the course of a year-long apprenticeship, pairs of students work closely with a board mentor, participate regularly in board and relevant committee meetings, and complete a project designed to map directly to improving board governance and functioning. FOB is selective for both students and nonprofits, and recruitment for new organizations begins in July of every year.

Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP)

Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) students receive course credit towards their degree at Duke University while working with businesses and nonprofit organizations. Students receive no compensation and will not be considered professional consultants or employees. Every student is expected to participate equally in all project-related activities. This partnership does not imply any endorsement by Duke University or Fuqua School of Business.

Hart Leadership Program: Enterprising Leadership Initiative

The Enterprising Leadership Initiative introduces students to the study of leaders and organizations dedicated to market-based solutions to social problems. PPS 265: Enterprising Leadership provides students with the opportunity to work in groups on projects with and for community organizations. See a list of past projects at

Hart Leadership Program: Research Service-Learning Pathway (RSL)

Through RSL, partner organizations can work with public policy faculty and students over the course of a semester. Groups of 4-6 students perform sustained service for the organization, as well as collaborate on a community-based research project that will benefit the organization beyond the period of direct service. Students are expected to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours over the course of the semester (the 20 hours includes both service and research).

Nicholas School of the Environment: Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management (C-CBEM)

Graduate students completing the C-CBEM Certificate program every spring complete in-depth projects that are designed and implemented in collaboration with community-based organizations throughout North Carolina that focus on sustainability, broadly defined. Applications for student projects can be found on our website and are due every year on Dec 1.

Sanford Board Leadership Initiative (SBLI)

The SBLI places Duke Masters in Public Policy students as non-voting members on local nonprofit leadership boards for one calendar year. This partnership offers nonprofits strategic support from graduate students with policy-specific knowledge and the opportunity for students to learn about nonprofit governance.

Funding, Training, & Resources

Community Care Fund

Triangle nonprofits can apply for Duke Doing Good funding through the campaign’s Community Care Fund competitive grant making program. Since the fund was created in 2009, dozens of nonprofits have received grants for projects meeting significant community needs.

Duke Continuing Studies Nonprofit Management Program

The program provides affordable, practical and accessible non-credit courses and certificate programs for people working in and with the nonprofit arena, whether they are paid staff, directors, board members, philanthropists or volunteers.

Duke Continuing Studies: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Founded in 1977 as the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at Duke) is a 2,500-member organization that offers over 350 courses per year in the Arts and Sciences, Wellness, and Finances to persons aged 50 and older.

Duke Continuing Studies: Professional Certificates

Whether you are looking to upgrade skills in your current field or looking for training in a whole new area, our Professional Certificates can help you take that next step on your career track. A variety of online and classroom programs are available.

Duke Continuing Studies: Youth Programs

Duke Youth Program has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youth for over 30 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation and world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of our summer programs. The program seeks to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences.

The Bull Pen – Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E)

Located at 215 Morris Street in historic Downtown Durham, the Bullpen features collaboration, event, meeting, and classroom space as well as the Duke I&E offices.

Conference and Event Services

The Conferences & Event Services office reserves facilities in the Campus Center (Bryan Center, West Union, Penn Pavilion, Health and Wellness, and the BC Plaza) as well as rooms in the East Union, McClendon Tower and Keohane Atrium, and the Abele Residential and Baldwin Quads along with the East Campus Gazebo.


Those not representing Duke Departments who wish to request services for event parking on campus, or those representing Duke Departments who wish to pay via check or procurement card, may print this form and fax or mail to