Student U is a community organization that uses the power of education to build a just and equitable Durham. We empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city. You can join us in transforming our city for the better by partnering with us as a sponsor, intern host, and much more.

America Internship

Host A High School Summer Intern

Your organization can host Student U high school students for a summer internship to expose students to a work environment and help them explore career interests. Host sites set the schedule for their interns, develop the internship role, and provide a supervisor that works with our team. Typical intern tasks can include admin support, data entry, scheduling, executive assistance, and other entry-level responsibilities. Our students apply for positions in a competitive process and receive pre-summer training and on-going support from Student U. Email to discuss hosting an intern in 2022.

Corporate Sponsorship

Sponsor Summer Academy

Student U is seeking local businesses and companies in the Durham area for Corporate Sponsorships for our 2022 Summer Academy. Student U’s flagship program, Summer Academy, occurs during 5 weeks of the summer. 350 students will attend and receive core academic instruction and enrichment classes. It is a season of joy and our most visible programs. Email connor.kirkpatrick@studentudurham to discuss sponsoring Summer Academy 2022.



There are many ways you can empower Student U students with your service of time and skills including tutoring, mentoring, gardening and more. Learn more at Student U does host corporate service days for a fee. 


Present At Summer Academy Career Day

At Student U we believe “you can’t be what you can’t see.” The path to a career does not begin in high school or college. During Summer Career Day, students dress up as their dream jobs and professionals from all sectors are invited to our Summer Academy campus to present about their careers to students. Student U especially seeks professionals from sectors where marginalized groups have been historically underrepresented. Professionals prepare a 30-minute engaging presentation for Middle and High School students to be delivered multiple times.

Field Trip

Host A Field Trip To Your Workplace

All Student U Summer Academy middle school students attend weekly field trips to learn about local communities, explore different career opportunities, tour local colleges, and engage in community service.


Rent Space

Student U provides affordable space rentals at The W. G. Pearson Center, whether for an afternoon meeting, weeklong conference, or extended time. We have an auditorium, cafeteria, various meeting rooms, gym, and outdoor space available for rent. Learn more at