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Design Climate registration for 2024-2025 academic year is underway!

About the registration process:

Design Climate is an interdisciplinary course comprised of 12-30 students from multiple educational backgrounds. Our goal is to have a diverse group of graduate and high-level undergraduate students from the Pratt School of Engineering, Nicholas School of the Environment, and Duke at large. To register follow these steps:

  1. Try to register on DukeHub (ENG 545, ENVIRON 545, or I&E 545). If waitlisted, see step two.
  2. The number of seats available for some demographics is purposefully low to leave space for incoming students. If you are waitlisted, you can get into the class in two ways: a) the normal first-come-first-serve waitlist registration process; b) we can expand the class size for students with a strong interest in climate tech development. If you have a strong interest in climate tech development, we’d love to have you in our class! Please submit this Qualtrics form to tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to take the course. After completing the questionnaire, we will review responses and follow up with instructions for enrolling in Design Climate. If you are enrolling in Design Climate to fulfill a department capstone requirement or specific degree requirements, please email (program manager) in addition to completing the Qualtrics form.

Student Information Sessions

Curious about Design Climate and want to learn more? Come meet the instructors, learn about our program, talk to Design Climate students, and enjoy come pizza during one of our two informational sessions:

  • Wed. 3/27 form 4:00-5:30pm in Grainger Hall, room 1101
  • Th. 4/4 from 12:00-1:30pm in the Wilkinson Building, room 017

To RSVP for one of the info sessions, please use this Qualtrics form.


Students must be enrolled at Duke in the Fall 2024. Priority is granted to students who have taken Design Climate I or II. The student must reside in North Carolina for the duration of the internship; however, many of the instructor facing meetings will be conducted virtually.


The program is seeking graduate students along with junior and senior undergraduates student applicants from:

  • The Pratt School of Engineering
  • The Nicholas School of the Environment 
  • Those pursuing an Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Certificate

All prospective participants should be willing to commit 6-10 hours each week and, ideally, commit to taking both semesters of Design Climate I and II. Participants will receive coaching from experts in technical research, innovation product development processes, entrepreneurship and engineering both internal and external to Duke. Individuals should not enter the program with a specific need or solution in mind; they must be willing to explore several opportunities through a structured discovery process.

No prerequisites are required except for a willingness to learn new skills. Skills range from learning simple coding to initiating conversations with industry experts.  

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