Student Projects

Student Projects

The Hart Leadership Program has a long history of exemplary student work, and we are proud to showcase here a selection of student research projects, internships, and honors theses dating back to 2011. Below, you can explore nearly 400 student projects, filtering by project type, Hart program affiliated with the project, thematic topics, project locations, and project years. The database does not provide the full text of students' projects, but it does provide abstracts of student work wherever available, as well as more information including students' class year and, when applicable, the name of the community partner organization a student worked with to conduct their internship or research. We will continue to expand the database as our students continue conducting phenomenal projects. In the meantime, use the search function below to explore our incredible students' work, and get inspired!

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Fostering Children’s Growth and Well-Being: A Direct Care Counselor Internship

Eleanor Mackey spent her summer as a Direct Care Counselor Intern in the therapeutic residential treatment program at Walker Therapeutic and Educational Programs. Comprising various programs, including a K-8 special education school, community counseling center, and therapeutic residential homes, Walker is dedicated to developing children’s capacity to thrive in less …

Development Analytics Project: Donor Survey Analysis and Predictive Modeling

It is the task of thousands of not-for-profit organizations to fundraise most or all of the annual budget with which they operate. These firms utilize some mixture of art and science to convince public and private groups and individuals to contribute to the mission of the not-for-profit. Thus, for the …

Global Health Security

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a global health nonprofit addressing challenges faced by the poor and marginalized. This summer, I worked with an AKF team to create a situation analysis and ten-year framework for future AKF services in regions of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Pakistan. I created or compiled …

The Case for the Case for the Innocence Project

The Duke Law Innocence Project, a volunteer student organization, works to exonerate victims of wrongful conviction by assisting in investigations of claims of innocence. This summer, I served as a research assistant for the Duke Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, the umbrella organization for the Duke Innocence Project …

The Future of Afghan Applicants to US Colleges

This summer I worked with Kabul Educational Advising Center (KEAC), the only SAT testing center in Afghanistan, to create a standard and reusable preparation program for the Afghan high school students and school graduates who are interested in applying to US colleges and universities. We also developed an online application …

Reaching Diverse Populations Through Audience Intelligence

My project title was “Reaching Diverse Populations Through Audience Intelligence.” Its focus was using audience intelligence software to investigate the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) audience diversity on social media, comparable organizations’ practices, and ways to reach diverse groups.