Assistantships have been awarded to a select number of professional degree students during their first year of study to assist Nicholas School faculty and staff with teaching, research, professional and other projects. It is expected that students will work for eight hours a week throughout the academic year for a total of 224 hours. Students who receive assistantships are paid by the Nicholas School on the monthly payroll.  Students are encouraged to submit their payroll paperwork to the NSOE Business Office no later Friday, August 25. Assistantships require a regular work schedule to be arranged between the student and the faculty or staff member to whom he or she is assigned. During the second year of study, professional students may fulfill the assistantship requirement by working independently on their Master’s Project.  

Overview of Assistantship Expectations and Payroll Process 

During Orientation there is a mandatory meeting for all students who were awarded an assistantship. Students who were not awarded an assistantship should not plan to attend. All assistantship awards are final and it is not possible to be an awarded or apply an assistantship if you have not already awarded one.  It is important that all payroll documents are submitted as soon as possible to be scheduled for payment in September payroll.

Search Available Positions

The list of available assistantships/position descriptions will be provided to recipients in early August.  Students will arrange individual appointments with the supervisor and/or contact person for positions they are interested in taking. Students should request an appointment with either the supervisor or contact person by applying for positions in which they are interested. When you apply for a position, be sure to include your resume and any other details that you wish to share with the supervisor (and/or contact person). Please make sure your resume includes your current contact information and Duke email address. Supervisors may not commit an assistantship position to a student before assignments are confirmed. 


More details to come in August. Be on the lookout for an email from Mel Adragna, Program Coordinator, Student Services. Got questions? Send Mel Adragna an email at


> More details about the process will be provided to 2018 recipients in summer 2018.