Application Process

APPLY FOR THE INTENSIVE COURSE WEEK ONLY

The application for the Summer 2023 Intensive Course Week program has closed. The application for our Summer 2024 program will open in September.

Applications will then be considered on a rolling basis until Monday, April 3, 2023.

Complete an application by following the instructions below:

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

2. Select "Spring 2023-Fall 2023 Application Cycle" and then "Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva", where you will then select the "Intensive Course Program" option.

The application requires the following items:

  • Current résumé (PDF preferred)
  • A short essay describing motivations to enroll in the intensive course program

Note: Recommendation letters are not required for the Intensive Course Week Program

    APPLY FOR THE COURSE WEEK + INTERNSHIP

    The application deadline for the Duke Global Policy Program Internship + Course Program for Summer 2023 has closed. The application for the Summer 2024 program will open in September.

    1. Complete the DGP Program Full Program Application by first logging into your Duke Graduate account, or by creating a Duke Graduate account if you don't already have one. 

    2. Select "Spring 2023-Fall 2023 Application Cycle" and then "Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva", where you will then select the "Full Program Internship and Course Program" option.

    The application requires the following items:

    • Current résumé (PDF preferred) (Sample below)
    • Cover letter/essay describing motivations for applying to the program. (Guidelines below)
    • Strong applicants will articulate a demonstrated interest in global policy.
    • Two letters of reference
      • 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

    Admission decisions will be announced in early January.

    CV Template

    Sample CV. Please use a format like this.

    CV Template + Cover Letter Guidelines

    Here is a CV template, plus handy guidelines.

    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.

    • 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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      Funding

      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. Please contact geneva@duke.edu with questions.

      Notes

      • 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. 

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