Get Energized at Duke


The Energy Initiative can connect you with a variety of professional development and other opportunities for getting engaged. Hear from energy professionals in business and policy. Connect with fellow students through energy clubs. Take a Power Trip, or sign up for a for-credit, interdisciplinary research project. Duke University offers many opportunities for energy students to engage with each other, with Duke faculty and staff, and with alumni and other professionals.

Please note registration is usually required for student events. Details are posted on our Events page and in Currents, the energy student newsletter sent by email biweekly during the academic year. Use this form to submit an event or other information to Currents, and subscribe to CURRENTS here.


Connect at Duke:

  • Clubs: Student-organized and student-run clubs are active at most of the schools that partner with the Energy Initiative. Eight clubs are active in the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Project-based learning: Sign up for a Bass Connections in Energy team to work directly with Duke faculty, outside energy professionals, community groups and more on a for-credit, interdisciplinary research project.
  • Competitions: Team up with fellow students to see how your skills as an entrepreneur or inventor measure up. We list new competitions here and in the biweekly student newsletter as they are shared with us.
  • Sustainability at Duke: Duke University is recognized nationally for its commitment to environmental stewardship. Find out how to get involved by connecting with Sustainable Duke or joining a campus sustainability group.


Connect with the energy world:

  • Power Trips: Three trips to North Carolina energy businesses and organizations are offered each semester in collaboration with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. For students in some programs at Duke, we also organize for-credit field trips during spring break.
  • Power Lunches: Energy professionals share lunch and their wisdom with small groups of students (usually 25 or fewer).
  • Energy Mentoring Conversations: Group chats with seasoned energy professionals via teleconference. The goal is to give students a brief understanding of the opportunities and challenges of a career in a particular energy sector to inform their curricular choices and internship/career planning process. Details will be posted on our Energy Student Events page and in Currents when these are scheduled.
  • Conferences and other events: The Energy Initiative sponsors and cosponsors a variety of energy-related conferences, seminars and workshops at Duke and nearby, open to students and the public.
  • Internships and jobs: Advice, information and openings for students seeking internships or full-time work in the energy space.


All our public and student-only events are listed on the Google calendar below as they are confirmed. You can also view our public Outlook calendar.