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Application Process

Applications for summer 2020 will be available soon. 

Note: The Duke Global Policy Program requires that all students participating in either the course week,or the course + internship program 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 students will be required to show proof of funding to program administrators by April 19, 2019. Please contact geneva@duke.edu with questions.

Apply for the Intensive Course Week Only

Apply to the week-long course only here.

Applications are only accepted online. View a sample application form (PDF). 

The deadline to apply for priority consideration is December 3, 2018 11:59PM EST. Decisions will be sent mid-December. Applications will then be considered on a rolling basis until the extended deadline of March 17, 2019.

Apply for the Course Week + Internship

1. Complete the DGP Program Application Form. Please include:

Applications are only accepted online. View a sample application form (PDF). 

2. Two letters of reference

  1. One letter must be from a current professor
  2. 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 should send letters of recommendation directly to us via email at geneva@duke.edu by the extended application deadline.


  • 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.


  • Undergraduate applicants: In addition to two letters of recommendation, program staff will schedule a phone call to speak with each of your recommenders individually.
  • 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.