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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, ensuring 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 – Early-August; 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 2017, 33% 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.
  • Read short student bios from our 2017 program - The 2017 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 Sarah Burrichter, International Academic Programs Manager, for details. 

2018 Program Dates

Duke staff work with organizations to arrange full-time, 9 - 14 week internship placements between May 1 - August 31, 2018. Exact dates for each intern are contingent on the student's academic calendar and the organization's needs. 

2018 Intensive Course Week: All Interns are required to attend our program's signature academic week-long course. This year, the course will run from Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29, 2018 (8am - 5pm daily).  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.


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)