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Duke in DC Program

Policy, Leadership, and Innovation

The Duke in DC program offers a unique and exciting opportunity to live, study, and work in the nation’s capital.

Duke in DC has a pre-professional tilt, connecting classroom study to experiential learning oriented around policy innovation and public leadership. Students meet in weekly seminars with Duke faculty members. Many assignments can be tailored to a student's policy interests. The courses often feature high-profile practitioners from the media, government, and advocacy communities – often Duke alums – who are eager to show current students how Washington "really works."

Students also do a 28-hour/week internship.

“You leave with a network, a skill set, and an understanding of the real DC.”
– Max Fischer-Zernin, 2014

“This is the best experience I have had at Duke”
– Camille Peeples, 2014

[Duke in DC students with U.S. Representative David Price]

[Danny Werfel MPP’97 is fmr. acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Left: Werfel with President Obama. Right: Werfel with Duke in DC students. Obama image courtesy The White House/Pete Souza.]


Duke in DC is offered by the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Global Education Office.