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Course + Internship Option

Many Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva participants choose to complete an internship in addition to the Intensive Course Week. The DGP Program offers students outstanding opportunities for career advancement and unparalleled access to the UN and other Geneva-based institutions.

Internships in Geneva are highly competitive. Although fellows are responsible for securing their own internships, the program uses its reputation and extensive network of contacts to assist students in obtaining internships. We work with accepted fellows to define internship goals, review cover letters, resumes and writing samples, facilitate application submission, and advise and prepare participants for their internships. The program also supports internship applications by meeting with potential host organizations to advocate on students' behalf and find the best internships possible. 

Check out the bios and placements of our 2019 participants.


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Maria Ramirez, MPP '20, Duke Global Policy HCRHR Fellow, IOM Internship

DGP Program Fellows complete an internship in one of the DGP Program's three tracks.

Internship supervisors are generally attracted to applicants who are available for longer periods (3 months), but shorter internships are acceptable in certain instances.

Internship Dates

Students may determine the dates of their internship according to their schedule and their internship site's preferences.  Students typically set their internship dates between early May and early September, depending on their academic calendar.

Previous Internship Sites

Special Notes

Global Health Track Fellows: Some of the Global Health internship sites (i.e. the World Health Organization) will accept interns who have limited schedules given the restrictive schedules of many MD students.

GH Track minimum program commitment:

  • MD students - 9 week commitment (8 weeks for the internship + 1 week for the Intensive Course)
  • MPH, MScGH, and all other Global Health applicants are required to make a minimum commitment of 11 weeks to the program (10 week internship + 1 week Intensive Course)

Humanitarian Crises, Refugees, and Human Rights Track Fellows and Environment, Energy, and the Economy Track Fellows: Organizations where our HA and EEE track fellows intern require students to have longer availabilities for their summer internship.

HCRHR and EEE Track minimum program commitment:

  • Minimum Commitment: 11 weeks (10 week internship + 1 week course)
  • 13 week commitments are preferred by internship organizations whenever possible (12 week internship + 1 week course)

Sample Internship Projects

Every internship is different, and intern projects will differ depending on host organizations and supervisors. Fellows participate in a diverse range of projects throughout their internship experience. Here are a few examples of past internship projects. 

  • International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: Research/write articles for publication
  • International Organization on Migration, Health and Migration department: Create internal document to advise health care providers on how to implement health assessments when offering HIV testing
  • UN Environment: Research
  • World Health Organization - Tobacco Free Initiative: Report drafting, event planning and liaising with conference stakeholders
  • World Health Organization - Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases: Survey development for institutions that use research networking tools, interviewing academic institutions and implementers of research networking tools
  • World Trade Organization: Analysis of regional trade agreements and updating e-learning materials