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Internship Opportunities

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. Check back regularly for new additions!


Clicking on the links below will direct you to the organization’s website.
Asterisks indicate that an AGS student or alum has commented on their internship experience – see the table below.

Alexander Hamilton Society
American Enterprise Institute
Bechtel
Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy*
Center for New American Security
Center for Strategic and International Studies*
Central Intelligence Agency
Clarkston Consulting
College of International Security Affairs
Council on Foreign Relations*
DCInternships.org
EastWest Institute
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
Global Risk Advisors*
Goldman Sachs
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Hertog Foundation
The Hudson Institute*
The Institute of World Politics
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago
McChrystal Group
Montreal Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies*
National Endowment for Democracy*
National Security Agency
RAND Corporation
RTI
Stanford University’s Hoover Institute
The Tobin Project
US Department of Defense*
US Department of State*
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee*
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Organization InternshipLocationRecommenderComments
Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy Young Ambassador and Government Relations InternBeijing, ChinaWilliam TongMy primary role was to assist the Government Relations and Partnership Coordinator in her daily work.
Center for Strategic and International StudiesEnergy and National Security Program InternWashington, DCAateeb KhanI was able to engage in a variety of impactful and personally enriching projects. I was also able to vastly expand my professional network in this unique space through exposure to figures in both the energy industry and the national security apparatus.
Council on Foreign RelationsInternational Economics Intern; Franklin Williams FellowNew York, NYSabriyya PateMost incredible opportunity to attend Council events and learn from the fellows and research assistant whose work I was supporting; furthermore, I developed a strong network within the organization's community and learned so much from their diverse experiences.
Global Risk Advisors InternWashington, DCRoma SonikConducted analysis on a variety of global issues as they affected the economy
Hudson InstituteResearch AssitantWashington, DCMatthew KingWorked as a research assistant to Walter Russell Mead.
Hudson InstituteNon-resident InternWorked remotelyUnamed alumniGood way to get research experience while living at home over summer.
Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies InternMontreal, QuebecSavannah WootenWorked directly under Dr. Frank Chalk, the Director of the Institute and a well-known academic in the field of genocide and atrocity prevention
National Endowment for DemocracyResearch AssitantWashington, DCMatthew KingWorked as a research assistant to NED Senior Fellow and Duke Professor Emeritus Donald L. Horowitz
Office of the Secretary of Defense - PolicyVolunteer Student InternWashington, DCUnamed alumniApply through Washington Headquarters Services
US Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeIntern to the Ranking MemberWashington, DCMax LabatonI worked for the committee’s Ranking Member, Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. The Committee is the Senate’s chief voice for influencing the nation’s foreign policy. Each intern was assigned to two portfolios within the minority office, and I worked on the human rights and Africa portfolios.
US Department of DefenseInternBethesda, MDJenson BlueGreat leadership, good mentors.
US Department of StateBureau of European and Eurasian Affairs InternWashington, DCDejana SaricAssisted the Montenegro desk officer to coordinate the ceremony for Montenegro’s NATO accession, analyzed quantitative and qualitative data from 14 embassy posts to evaluate effective policy options for promoting anti-corruption efforts, etc.