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Why work with the Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva?

What does our program offer you and your organization?

  • A strong pool of pre-selected candidates who are highly motivated to work on global policy issues.
  • Mentoring and professional development support from the program, insuring intern accountability while in Geneva.
  • Logistics support for interns with regards to housing, visa applications, and orientation to Geneva and the NGO landscape. Intern sponsors do not have to take time with these matters.

Who are our interns?

  • Academic Level: Graduate/Masters-level students - some years we accept a couple exceptional undergraduate students.
  • Academic Background: Master of Public Health, Master of Public Policy, Master of Environmental Management, Master of Economics, Master of International Affairs, Master of Global Health, Doctor of Medicine., and other related fields
  • Availability: Early-May – August/September; typically 9–14 weeks (students’ availability varies based on their personal academic calendar).
  • Diversity: Our students are from a variety of countries and cultural backgrounds, included the United States. In 2019, 36% of our Fellows were students from outside the United States.
  • Experience: Our students have previous professional, academic, and international experiences that prepare them for a formal, multicultural, work environment.
  • Funding: While the DGP Program provides support around logistics, students are responsible for financing their own summer in Geneva. Students are often successful in finding funding from their home universities, external grants, or stipends provided by the host organization (if appropriate).
  • Read short student bios from our 2019 program - The 2019 Duke Global Policy Program Bio Booklet.

What do we ask of Internship sponsors?

  • Provide a project that is both beneficial to the organization and to the student’s professional development.
  • Provide a supervisor who will serve as a mentor during the summer and show enthusiasm for sharing his or her profession.
  • Share on-going feedback with intern to help them develop as professionals
  • Complete an intern evaluation and debrief with the intern to discuss the evaluation before their departure.

>> Contact Annalisa Kristoffersen, Director of International Academic Programs

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2020 Program Dates

Duke staff work with organizations to arrange full-time, 9 - 14 week internship placements between May 1 - September 1, 2020. Exact dates for each intern are contingent on the student's academic calendar and the organization's needs. 

2020 Intensive Course Week: All Interns are required to attend our program's signature academic week-long course. This year, the Humanitarian Crises, Refugees, and Human Rights course, the Environment, Energy, and the Economy course, and the Global Health course will take place from Monday, May 25 through Friday, May 29, 2020. During this course, Fellows meet with practitioners from throughout Geneva, visit IGOs and NGOs, participate in case simulations, and attend networking events. We kindly ask that supervisors determine a work plan that will allow interns to participate in this required course component while keeping up with their internship responsibilities.


“As both a Duke program alum and now a supervisor of Duke interns, I am continually impressed by the professionalism of the Duke Global Policy program in Geneva. The interns are of consistently high quality, with a strong academic background, an impressive work ethic, and a commendable willingness to learn and grow. The Duke program staff are incredible, making sure that the program runs seamlessly every summer and is consistently high-caliber every year.” - Sofia Baliño, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

“I have found the Duke pre and post placement process to be extremely efficient and respectful of the time commitment that is involved in review candidates and making final selection. The team is very much hands on and supportive of the entire process.” - Mariama Williams, South Centre

Working with the Geneva Program has been an extremely enriching experience for us--not only this year, but also in the past. We were very satisfied with the intern's personal and professional performance and greatly enjoyed his presence. On behalf of my team at GAVI, I would like to thank the program organizers for the excellent preparations and guidance throughout the entire process." - Eliane Furrer, GAVI Alliance

“I wanted to thank you for our intern Rachel. She proved a valuable asset for WHO/TDR, in that she delivered very well on the project she was assigned. We were thrilled with her qualities and skills, and her speed at learning and applying new things. The presentation she gave to the whole TDR at the end of her internship was well appreciated and aspects highlighted by her research are being put into practice.” - Mihai Mihut, World Health Organization / TDR (The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases)