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Duke in D.C. - Policy, Leadership, and Innovation

Based in the nation’s capitol city, the semester-long Duke in D.C. program provides students with the unique and exciting opportunity to live, work and study in Washington.

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    Duke in DC Program

    Public policy majors (from left) Michelle Nguyen, Lucas Metropulos and Camille Peeples lived and worked in Washington during the spring semester while enrolled in the 2014 Duke in DC — Policy, Leadership  and Innovation Program.

Learn more about Duke in D.C. at the Duke Global Education website.

Study Abroad in Glasgow, Scotland

The Sanford School of Public Policy study-abroad program with the University of Glasgow was initiated in 1982 by Founding Director and Professor of Public Policy Joel Fleishman. It is a unique and highly popular feature of the Public Policy major.

Offered each fall, the program begins with a visit to London, featuring meetings with members of Parliament and visits to key cultural and political institutions. Additionally, students typically travel to other sites of political and historical interest in Scotland.

"Spending a semester in Glasgow, Scotland not only taught me a lot about a different culture, but it taught me a lot about myself. Studying abroad allowed me to become more independent, and since I didn't have as many extracurricular activities, I was able to choose freely what I wanted to do (aside from my classes) week to week. The majority of that included traveling to various parts of Great Britain and Europe.

The picture is one of me in the Highlands of Scotland, the wildest and most gorgeous part of Scotland in my opinion. If you plan on traveling to Scotland, make sure to schedule a trip here! You won't regret it!" Sydney Thomas

Learn more about Duke in Glasgow at the Duke Global Education website.

Duke, India and Public Policy

The Sanford School of Public Policy Office of Career Services, in conjunction with Professor Anirudh Krishna and other Sanford professors, provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to do summer internships in India with NGOs and socially focused businesses. Spend your summer in Bangalore delving into topics such as India’s employment trends, financial services for underserved urban populations, urban infrastructure, rural development, health of marginalized communities, and economic development. Some funding is available.

Sanford undergrad speaks with family in IndiaStudents have had remarkable experiences, receiving a great deal of independence and responsibility in their work. Some examples include:

  • An undergraduate public policy student used spatial analytics to identify very low income and new migrant settlements in Bangalore and led a team to create an extensive database of such settlements.
  • A graduate public policy student designed and conducted a survey related to women in the engineering field in India, conducted qualitative research, analyzed the data collected and wrote a policy report.

Learn more about Duke, India and Public Policy.


Bass Connections

Bass Connections is a university-wide initiative launched by a $50 million gift from Anne and Robert Bass. Bass Connections provides both graduate and undergraduate students with greater exposure to inquiry across the disciplines, partnership with unlikely fellow thinkers, sustained mentorship in teams and the chance to experience the intersections of the academy and the broader world. In 2016, Tommy Klug, a junior environmental sciences & public policy major, was a member of the project team in Madagascar.  The team explored key questions related to community members’ use of wood and what effect their practices are having on the local forests, including tree and animal species.

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