Partner With Us to Develop Tomorrow’s Talented Leaders
For more than 40 years, the Sanford School of Public Policy has been preparing students for careers that address today’s complex issues. We strive to bridge the gap between their academic experience and the world of work through internships and jobs that require them to use strong analytical skills to solve problems facing decision makers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
We need employers like you to successfully put this knowledge at the service of society. We invite you to be our partner in training future leaders, as their intern sponsor or first employer. In return, the Sanford School’s Office of Career Services will help you attract the best talent from our highly ranked public policy programs. Contact us to:
- Propose a Spring Consulting Project to get fresh ideas from a team of first-year graduate students addressing a real-world policy question.
- Hire a Graduate or Undergraduate Summer Intern for hands-on help with an project or ongoing challenge.
- Sponsor a Capstone Master’s Project if you need analysis that requires strategic thinking, statistical or financial acumen, and subject matter expertise.
- Engage a Practicum Consulting Team to provide in-depth research, analysis and recommendations on a specific policy issue.
About Our Students
Duke MPP Graduates
Duke’s professional Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree provides a broad-based foundation in analytic and managerial methods with applications to real-world situations. Our graduates are trained to find creative and effective solutions to public problems. They are prepared to think strategically, analyze rigorously, communicate clearly, negotiate effectively and manage fairly. Most of our graduates have two to four years of work experience.
In addition to our core curriculum, students may joint degrees in law, business, environmental management, medicine or other disciplines, combining their public policy training with other professional education. Students may also pursue in-depth study in one of seven specific policy areas:
- Development Policy
- Environment and Energy Policy
- Health Policy, Global Policy
- National Security
- Population Studies
- Social Policy
"I am interested in the intersectionality of race, law, social policy, and behavioral economics. A lot of the consulting projects that I did at Sanford involved looking at a policy issue closely and then working through the semester in order to see how the issue played out. Getting to show your client the outcome of that is incredibly powerful." - Martine Aurelien, MPP'18
DUKE MIDP Graduates
Duke’s professional Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) degree is a flexible, rigorous interdisciplinary degree program that trains mid-career professionals who plan to dedicate their careers to policy-making and public service in and for developing, post-conflict and transition countries. Our graduates have an average of seven years of work experience – usually in the public or nonprofit sectors – in countries around the world.
In addition to their core curriculum in policy, economic and empirical analysis for development, MIDP fellows may pursue in-depth study in two specializations (International Taxation and Public Financial Management) and six concentrations:
- Applied Economics
- Development Management and Governance
- Environmental Management and Policy
- Law and Development
- Peace and Conflict Resolution
- Social Policy
Duke Undergraduate Public Policy Studies (PPS) Majors
Duke undergraduate PPS majors are engaged, curious and self-directing.They want to apply their academic experiences to the real world of politics, policy analysis and business, They learn an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving through required coursework in economics, statistics, political science, ethics and history. Bringing these various disciplines to bear on today’s global issues, they learn to write clearly and concisely, to think analytically and to consider the ethical implications of their actions.
To gain depth of knowledge in a particular area, many choose to specialize in one of five areas: Global Policy, Social Policy, Economic Policy, Health Policy or Policy Journalism.
An interdisciplinary team of students helped the Durham, NC nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful. The small organization needed help to make sure they were effectively tracking impact.