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Application Process

Apply for the Intensive Course Week Only

Note: The Duke Global Policy Program is closely monitoring the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, are Summer 2020 course week is cancelled. Please check back for the tentative reopening of the application for the Summer 2021 course week.

Applications are only accepted online. 

Please note that reference letters are not required for the intensive course-only program application.

Apply for the Course Week + Internship

The deadline to apply for the internship program has passed. This program's application will tentative open in November 2021 for the Summer 2022 application cycle. 

1. Complete the DGP Program Full Program Application by creating a Duke Graduate account if you don't already have one. 

Select "Spring 2020-Fall 2020 Application Cycle" and then "Sanford International Academic Programs - Summer 2020", where you will then find the Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva application menu.

The application requires the following items:

  • Current résumé (download résumé example, PDF preferred)
  • Cover letter/essay (download cover letter guidelines). Strong applicants will have articulate a strong understanding of SDG's and demonstrate an interest in global policy.
  • Two letters of reference (evaluation form included)
    • One letter must be from a current professor
    • One letter should ideally be from a past supervisor or colleague, but can be from a current/previous professor

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 will also complete a brief evaluation form when they upload their letter.

  • Most partner organizations require students to be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
  • We prefer students seeking graduate degrees but will consider undergraduate students with exceptional applications. 
  • Some organizations will consider interns who are within 6 months to a year of their graduation date at the time of their internship. Options are more limited for students who will have graduated by the time they begin their summer internship.

Test score reports are not required for the application, but we do ask for you to submit English language test results if you submitted English testing scores for your current graduate program.

Applications are only accepted online.

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The Duke Global Policy Program requires that all students participating in the internship program to secure funding from their academic institution or another funding organization to use while they are in Geneva. This funding must be in the form of scholarship, grant, or fellowship. All admitted internship program students will be required to show proof of funding to program administrators by April 20, 2020. Please contact geneva@duke.edu with questions.


  • Duke MScGH applicants: One of your two letters of recommendation should be from your thesis supervisor.
  • 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.