Duke students project Phoenix Project helps students find remote summer internships
Posted April 24, 2020 3:30 p.m. EDT
Updated April 27, 2020 12:26 p.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — The pandemic has interrupted more than classes for college students. More than 200 Duke students in tech fields have lost their summer internships as well.
To help, students at Duke launched the Phoenix Project, that matches Duke University students or teams of students with tech firms for remote work or summer work.
Although the program started less than a month ago, 300 Duke students already applied, and dozens of tech companies like Amazon, Uber and Google have already expressed interest.
Duke university is providing students working a full-time internship with a $1,000 stipend for their work. Phoenix Project leaders are also hoping that the participating firms will help with financial support.
Luke Truitt, Duke student and Phoenix project leader, said getting an internship as a student is crucial to a future career.
"If I need to be a programmer I need to start seeing the things I’m doing every semester and apply them in the real world," Truitt said."If we get nothing out of this summer but that, that would be a huge win."
Some of work they could be doing at the tech firms could be helping with research on COVID-19.
Mary Gooneratne, another project leader, said that some Duke students will be working with a gene research company that is studying the coronavirus.