Thank you for your interest in working with our highly respected global policy program.

What does our program offer you and your organization?

  • We provide a strong pool of pre-selected candidates who are highly motivated to work on global policy issues.
  • We offer mentoring and professional development support, ensuring intern accountability while in Geneva.
  • We take care of intern logistics including housing, visa applications, orientation to Geneva and the NGO landscape.

Who are our Interns?

Our students are primarily Graduate/Masters-level students. Some years we accept a couple of exceptional undergraduate students.


  • 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
  • Other related fields

The program runs from early May to August/September. Students typically work for the employer for 9–14 weeks depending on the student's availability.

Our students are from a variety of countries and cultural backgrounds, including the United States. In 2019, 36 percent of our Fellows were students from outside the United States.

Our students have previous professional, academic, and international experiences that prepare them for a formal, multicultural work environment.

Students are responsible for financing their own summer in Geneva. Sample funding sources include the student's home universities, external grants, or stipends provided by the host organization (if appropriate).

What do we ask of our 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 the profession.
  • Share ongoing feedback with the intern to help them develop as professionals.
  • Complete an intern evaluation and debrief to discuss the evaluation prior to the stuent's departure.

Program Contact


Annalisa Kristoffersen

Director, International Academic Programming

Annalisa Kristoffersen directs graduate-level intercultural programming and an array of international academic programs at the Sanford School of Public Policy, including the Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva, Duke in Glasgow, the MPP Hertie Exchange Program in Berlin, and the Magdelena Yesil Visiting Professorship for Armenian scholars. She also directs the Sanford Board Leadership Initiative.


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 placement process to be extremely efficient and respectful of the time commitment that is involved in reviewing candidates and making final selection. The team is very hands on and supportive of the entire process.

Mariama Williams, South Centre

Our intern proved a valuable asset for WHO/TDR; 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 organization 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)

Working with the Geneva Program has been an extremely enriching experience for us. 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 excellent preparations and guidance throughout the entire process.

Eliane Furrer, GAVI Alliance


Sample Student Bios

Read sample bios from a previous cohort.