Our partners are essential to the Duke Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) experience. The value of applying data science in the real world is one of the ways our program is unique — and a reason that we get such qualified students.

If you’re looking to tap into the potential of our students, we encourage you to become a partner.

Why Become a MIDS Partner?

As a MIDS partner, we’ll ask you to contribute in ways you feel most comfortable. This could mean giving a talk, leading a workshop, being a mentor, participating in a capstone project, or helping with interview prep.

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with the Duke community, be an essential part of the MIDS program, gain experience, and have access to students and alumni who would be a fit for open positions and projects.

Strengths of Duke MIDS Students

  • Diverse: 75% come from countries other than the U.S.
  • Experienced: 67% have previous work experience
  • Interdisciplinary: Students have undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of areas


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Become a Mentor

Mentorship is key to professional growth in any industry; given that many data science positions are new, finding a mentor who understands the field is crucial for advancement. Mentoring bridges that gap and enables students to improve their skills and understanding of using data science in business.

Our goal is to have a group of mentors comprising some of the best data scientists in the industry. You’ll help MIDS students acknowledge their weak points and work towards strengthening them, as well as offer constructive criticism that can help students grow.

Become a Capstone Project Partner

Capstone projects engage at least one non-academic stakeholder (such as a company, government agency, or nonprofit) and at least one Duke researcher with expertise relevant to the problem being solved.

MIDS students join capstone partnerships at the beginning of their second year and over the course of that year make substantial contributions to these real, complex projects.

Project teams can be as large as necessary and can include multiple faculty members, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, and other staff. Although students work collaboratively in capstone projects, each MIDS student must achieve a specific outcome of interest for the outside party and give a final presentation with an accompanying white paper.

Learn more about capstone partnerships.

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Hire a Student for an Internship

Our students are required to complete a summer internship to gain practical learning and be able to put ideas into practice.

MIDS students get the opportunity to learn from you, gain experience, and build a strong professional network. Our program focuses not only on tech skills, but also the soft skills necessary to be an integral part of your summer project team.

Hire a Student for a Job

MIDS students are a great addition to your data science team. Please reach out if you would like us to circulate job openings, career event, or to request a resume book.