Duke University has announced a $10 million gift from university trustee and Carlyle Group co-founder David M. Rubenstein to fund graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships at the Sanford School of Public Policy and enhance the school's engagement with the policy making community.
The largest gift ever to Sanford includes $6 million to fund David M. Rubenstein Fellowships for graduate students in the Master of Public Policy program who have demonstrated a commitment to public service. As part of their fellowship, master's candidates will mentor undergraduate public policy majors and work to spur their interest in public service.
In addition, Duke will use $2 million of the gift to fund paid internships for undergraduates who are required to complete a policy-related internship and offer students opportunities to network in Washington, D.C., engage with policy making on a national level, or go abroad. The remaining $2 million will be used to create the David M. Rubenstein Dean's Engagement and Impact Fund, which will be directed to projects designed to increase the impact and visibility of the work done by Sanford faculty and students.
To date, Rubenstein has committed more than $50 million to Duke, including a $5.75 million gift to Sanford in 2009 to help fund environmental and energy policy work, internships, and a distinguished speakers series, and $5 million in 2002 toward the completion of Sanford's Rubenstein Hall.
"This gift reflects Duke's highest priorities," said university president Richard H. Brodhead. "It helps talented students afford a Duke education, it expands opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in service to society, and it ensures that the Sanford School of Public Policy continues to contribute policy expertise toward addressing the world's complex problems."