MPP International Opportunities

Duke Summer Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva

The Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva is a summer program designed to equip graduate students with the practical tools and knowledge necessary to be global change agents. All candidates for the program will apply to a policy track of their choice. Students will learn how international and non-governmental organizations in Geneva are working to address today's most pressing global challenges through their summer internship with a UN or UN-affiliated organization, and our signature Global Policy Intensive Course Week. During the Intensive Course Week, students meet with approximately 20 practitioners, attend site visits to Geneva-based IGOs and NGOs, participate in networking events, and complete a policy memo research assignment. As part of the internship program, students will receive support from the program for securing a summer internship with a UN or UN-affiliated organization in Geneva. Students also have the option to participate in our Intensive Course-only Program, which does not include an internship component. This option is perfect for students with other summer commitments. Detailed information is available on the program website:

Hertie School of Governance Exchange Program

The Sanford School MPP Program offers a fall-semester exchange program with the Hertie School of Governance (Hertie) in Berlin, Germany, which offers an English-language MPP degree. The exchange is valuable for MPP students with interests in international policy, EU, and global governance, as well as those who may be writing a master’s project for a client based in Europe. In addition, MPP students participating in the Summer Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva may find extending their time studying abroad worthwhile. For detailed information about the Hertie School, visit

Current, non-dual-degree, first-year MPP students in good standing are eligible to apply to study at Hertie for the fall semester of their second academic year. To apply, students must submit via email to the director of MPP student services a pdf application that includes a 1-2 page statement of motivation, a résumé, and a copy of the student’s first-year MPP fall semester transcript. See the director of MPP student services for information about the application deadline. A committee comprised of the MPP director of graduate studies, the director of MPP student services, and one Sanford faculty member select two students and one alternate from the pool of applicants to participate in the study abroad program. Students will receive decisions on their applications before April 20.

Students in the exchange program continue to pay tuition and fees to the Sanford School, with the exception of fall semester health insurance. The Hertie School requires that exchange students purchase health insurance through a German provider that meets German legal standards. Housing, transportation, and living costs are not covered by the MPP Program.

Students participating in the exchange program enroll through DukeHub for the fall semester Public Policy 807 Master’s Project I course and complete assignments for this core course remotely. In addition, they register for at least nine credits of elective coursework at the Hertie School. Course titles and credit values transfer into the student’s Duke University transcript upon receipt of the official transcript from Hertie. Grades received for Hertie courses are converted to Sanford’s standard grade scale.