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Application Process  

A Completed Application Includes:

1. Complete the 2018 Application Form, which also requires the following:

  • Current résumé in standard format, download résumé example (PDF preferred; Word doc accepted)
  • Open-ended essay questions

(For preparation purposes, you can download a PDF version of the application form. However, note that applications are only accepted online.)

2. Two letters of recommendation  

Recommendations should be from people familiar with your professional, community service and/or academic work. At lease one recommendation letter should be from a current professor (letters from teaching assistants are not accepted).

The letters should address how your personal, professional, and/or academic qualities and experiences will support your success in a competitive, Geneva-based, internship. Recommenders may include specific examples that illustrate the quality of your character and abilities. References should send letters of recommendation directly to us via email at geneva@duke.edu by the application deadline, Nov. 30, 2017.


  • Undergraduate applicants: In addition to two letters of recommendation, program staff will schedule a phone call to speak with each of your recommenders individually.
  • Duke MScGH applicants: One of your two letters of recommendation should be from your thesis supervisor.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the application deadline: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The admissions process is highly competitive. Criteria for admission includes an applicant’s educational and professional background, leadership skills, and commitment to a career in global policy. Priority will be given to students who have a combination of relevant work, academic, and volunteer experience. More information can be found in the FAQ.

All students will receive a final admissions decision from the program in late December 2017.