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The Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva

A One of a Kind Experience

The Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva is the only program of its kind. We prepare graduate and professional students from around the world to tackle the world’s most pressing policy challenges.

There are two ways to participate:

Intensive Course Week (the possibility of the Summer 2021 Course Week will be determined in early February. Please return to this website then for updates and potentially an open application period)

Students enroll in an Intensive week of courses. Topics include:

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    Access to International Policymakers

    Geneva Program students often intern at international policy organizations such as the United Nations, World Health Organization, and World Trade Organization.

    Learn more about Geneva Program internships.

Students learn how international and non-governmental organizations in Geneva are addressing today’s most pressing global challenges. The week includes meetings with practitioners, site visits to Geneva-based IGOs and NGOs, networking events, professional coaching, group case simulations, and a culminating policy memo assignment. It’s a rigorous week that shapes students’ professional and personal ambitions, and earns participants 3 academic credits from Duke University.

This program is ideal for individuals who have a restrictive summer schedule, but are still interested in gaining practical policy experience in Geneva, Switzerland.

Intensive Course Week + Internship (Tentatively available in Summer 2022)

In addition to the course week, many students stay for the summer and complete an internship at area agencies. Participants who choose this option gain unparalleled access to UN agencies and other leading Geneva-based institutions. This program is ideal for individuals who can spend a longer time in Geneva.

Young woman, smiling at camera"The intensive course-week was one of my best decisions at Duke University. I got to interact with students with similar interests across not only Duke but also other colleges in the U.S. The presentations by development practitioners in Geneva was top-notch, and the in-class discussions and activities were intellectually stimulating. It's amazing to see that we got so much done in just five days! That says a lot about design of the program - impeccable! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in international development/global policy and looking for an insight into what is happening in Geneva.” - Monisha Eadala, MIDP '20, EEE Track