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Application Process

The 2019 full program application (internship + course)  is now closed. The Summer 2020 application will be available in August 2019. Please note that the application period for the 2019 Intensive Course Program is open until March 1, 2019. Visit this page to learn more.

A Completed Application Includes:

1. To apply for the internship DGP Program (internship + course), complete the 2019 DGP Program Application Form which also requires the following:

  • Current résumé in standard format, download résumé example (PDF preferred; Word doc accepted)
  • Essay in Cover Letter format, download cover letter guidelines here.

(For preparation purposes, you can download a PDF version of the application form. However, note that applications are only accepted online.) The full program application can be found here.

2. Two letters of reference

  • First letter must be from a current professor
  • Second letter should ideally be from a past supervisor or colleague, but can be from a current/previous professor

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The 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, December 16, 2018.


Funding: The Duke Global Policy Program requires that all students participating in the full program, both the internship and the intensive course week, secure funding from their academic institution or another funding organization to use while they are in Geneva, Switzerland. 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.


  • Most organizations that we work with require students to be actively enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
  • We prefer students who are in their graduate degrees but will consider undergraduate students with exceptional applications. 
  • Some organizations will still consider interns who are within 6 months to a year of their graduation date, at the time of their internship, but options will be 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.