Undergraduate Opportunities

The Center offers many ways for Duke students to learn about child and family policy and to hone their research skills through small classes and individualized, policy-relevant research projects.

  • img_4649_smallThe Eads Family Undergraduate Research Endowment Fund provides funding to encourage undergraduate public policy majors to become involved in faculty research projects. For the summer of 2020, research assistant positions are open to public policy majors who are residents of North Carolina who can work remotely from their homes. Interns will work 200 hours over the course of the summer (if done over 8 weeks, 25 hrs/week) and be paid $12.50/hr.
  • Students interested in hands-on research may participate in the Center’s School Research Partnership, which pairs interested students with local school officials and others seeking help with research questions.
  • In our Child Policy Research Certificate program, students explore child and family issues through interdisciplinary study, while working closely with faculty to conduct original research.
  • Students may apply for the Jacqueline A. Morris Fellowship, awarded each fall to a select number of undergraduates engaged in child policy research.
  • The Center offers a changing menu of courses. Click here for current listings.
  • Through an independent study or honors thesis, students can delve more deeply into a topic related to children and families. This opportunity is open to students from any major.
  • Students are also encouraged to attend Center events such as our guest speakers series, which features leading experts in child and family policy.