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Graduate and Undergraduate Summer Interns

Every office has a program that needs a critical evaluation, a new initiative that needs a jumpstart or a project that needs to be revitalized. You can get these tasks done while providing a valuable experience to a Duke Master of Public Policy student or an undergraduate majoring in public policy. Our students are well prepared and eager to contribute to the success of your organization.In addition, a Duke intern could become a permanent hire or return to campus to recruit for the next summer intern.

Each year, we have 65-75 MPP students and more than 175 undergraduate students seeking internships, which are required for their degrees. Our Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva, Switzerland, also places graduate students in global policy internships with NGOs and other organizations each summer.

To get the best match for your organization, send us a job description in early January, including duties, logistics, qualifications, deadline for applying, and compensation. Sanford has a limited number of stipends available for unpaid and low-paid internship in organizations that cannot afford to pay.

Examples of our internship sponsors:

  • U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Deloitte Consulting Federal Practice
  • N.C. Sustainable Energy Association
  • World Trade Organization
  • World Wildlife Fund

Professional Guidance to Design Your Policy Internship

Our staff can help you design your internship to get the best matches from among our students. We are available throughout the summer in case issues or problems arise.

Doris Dixon headshot, blond woman smiling"Over the six years I have supervised the internship program, we have been fortunate to have had several students from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy join our team. They stand out. They are the ones who come to us with an exceptional writing ability, a curiosity and eagerness to learn and are natural leaders. They write thank you notes when they leave and stay in touch with us long after they leave; through graduate school and as they embark on careers, we are pleased to have been part of their growth.” - Doris Dixon, US Department of Education, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs


Global Policy Interns in Geneva, Switzerland

The Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance works closely with Geneva-based organizations to place up to 50 highly qualified students from masters's, MD, and PhD. programs in summer internships. The highly selective program is open to U.S. and international graduate students.

We offer:

  • A strong pool of candidates who are highly motivated to work in global policy and to benefit from working and learning in Geneva.
  • Mentoring and professional development support from the program, ensuring intern accountability while in Geneva.
  • Logistics support for interns with regard to housing, visa applications, and orientation to Geneva and the NGO landscape. Intern sponsors do not have to take time with these matters.
  • The added value of having your intern be a part of an intentional learning community invested in embracing all the "teachable moments."

Internship sponsors are required to:

  • 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.
  • Complete an evaluation and encourage the intern to discuss the evaluation before departure.

Learn more about the Global Policy Program.

To discuss an internship opportunity please contact the Geneva Program office via email  or telephone: +1 (919) 613-9289.