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Engage in Active Learning Opportunities

AGS provides students with opportunities to learn outside the classroom through student groups, staff rides, field trips, simulations, conferences and other grand strategy related activities. 

Student Council

AGS Student Council

Council is a select group of students who help advise the Director about programming, curriculum, and assist by coordinating events such as career nights, activities fairs, and other mentoring opportunities.

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Cyber Team

Sponsored by AGS and coached by an executive from the National Security Agency (NSA), the Cyber Team educates members and the Duke community at large on cutting-edge cyber issues: the former through private, weekly “briefings” from experts in industry, intelligence, and academia; and the latter through public, bimonthly events open to the entire Duke community.

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Cyber Team
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Staff Rides and Field Trips

Spring 2022 Pearl Harbor Staff Ride Applications Now Open

Each year, AGS holds one domestic and one international staff ride in which students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. Recent staff rides have included trips to Belgium, France, Vienam, Grenada, England, Fredericksburg, VA and Gettysburg, PA.

AGS also takes learning outside the classroom through national security related field trips. Capitalizing on Duke's strategic location and AGS's partnership with the Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship program, recent trips have included the Navy SEAL base in Little Creek, VA and Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC.

Simulations and Conferences

AGS students have the opportunity to take part in multi-day crisis simulations with faculty, experts and practitioners that mimic potential real world events. In these programs, participants are briefed on a national security scenario, assigned specific diplomatic, intelligence or defense related roles and challenged to work collaboratively on a solution.

The program is also fortunate to partner with other international security oriented programs, like the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS). Each spring, LENS and TISS host major national security conferences and colloquiums, which AGS students are invited to attend.

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Internship Opportunities

Internships are an excellent way for AGS students to gain knowledge and experience within their prospective fields. Our strong network of alumni and employers recognize the benefits of working with high caliber AGS students. Employers trust the quality of Duke students' contributions and actively encourage their applications.