Science Policy Summer Institute at Duke

Duke Science & Society is pleased to announce the Duke Science Policy Summer Institute!

This writing-intensive 10-week program at Duke University (May 29 – August 3, 2018) will give STEM students, post docs, and researchers a grounding in how to read, write, and understand science policy. 

During our 4-week curriculum, participants will learn the basics of Science Communication, U.S. Civics, Finance & U.S. Markets, Writing for a Policy Audience (Briefs, Memos & Analyses), and Professional Ethics in Science Policy. Over the four weeks, participants will also gain hands-on experience by writing and publishing policy briefs, drafting proposed legislation, and meeting with members of the North Carolina legislature.

The optional 6-week practicum extension to the program will allow participants to create policy portfolios by working in the Duke Science & Society office to produce policy briefs for SciPol, our science policy tracking website. 

Program Fees and Funding Opportunities:

The program fee is $1,500 and includes all books and course materials, but does not include housing, meals, or travel to North Carolina. Scholarships are available on a need-based, limited basis, but participants are encouraged to seek external sponsorship & support. For details, email

Duke students may apply for a number of internal University funding opportunities that could cover the cost of a summer with us.  Act soon – application deadlines are quickly approaching.


All Duke Students:


Duke Graduate Students:

-          Nicholas School Students should contact Karen Kirchof or Allison Besch in the Career Center directly to discuss funding options.

Duke Undergrads (information from Sanford School):

Duke Public Policy School Majors:

  • If you receive financial aid assistance, you can apply for the Marguerite (Mimi) Voorhees Kraemer Award.  See the student handbook and submit the materials to the PPS Internship Coordinator. It recognizes one or more PPS students who have demonstrated strong leadership qualities and a commitment to public service. This award is given to qualifying juniors as a scholarship to help defray the costs of participating in the summer internship program.
  • The Policy Career Center has money available for unpaid summer internships.  The deadline is March 1.

To learn more, visit: and to apply now (Priority Deadline: March 1st, 2018), download an application from:

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