The Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva is a one-of-a-kind experience that prepares graduate and professional students from around the world to tackle the world’s most pressing policy challenges.
Two Ways to Participate
Option 1: Intensive Course Week
- Global Health
- Humanitarian Crises, Refugees, and Human Rights
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.
Option 2: Course Week + Internship
In addition to the intensive 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.
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 were top-notch. 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
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.