Margolis Summer Internship

2019 Summer Intern Blogs

Duke-Margolis hosted remarkable 17 interns, in its Durham and DC offices, this summer. Their energy to dig into and learn about health policy was truly contagious for the Center staff and faculty as well as the external stakeholders with whom they met.  As a cohort, they represented undergraduates from Duke, UNC, and Stanford as well as Duke graduate students.

Read their blogs about their experiences learning about health policy at Duke-Margolis here.

Internship Overview

The mission of Duke University's Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy is to improve health and the value of health care through practical, innovative, and evidence-based policy solutions. Duke-Margolis brings together capabilities that generate and analyze evidence across the spectrum of policy to practice, supporting the triple aim of health care – improving the experience of care, the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost.  This requires broad multidisciplinary capabilities that few institutions can bring together, and is fueled by Duke University’s entrepreneurial culture. The Center focuses on increasing opportunities to gain exposure to the field of health policy through collaborative curricular pathways and expanded mentored research opportunities for students interested in health policy.

Goals of the Internship Experience

  • To learn through challenging and meaningful activities
  • To link academic learning to policy and practice
  • To gain professional experience within the field of health policy
  • To build positive relationships with faculty and staff
  • To identify, clarify, and/or confirm direction as it relates to your academic studies and future career path
  • To develop strong networking/mentoring relationships
  • To strengthen our Margolis student community
  • To have fun in the process!


Durham, NC (or Washington, DC)

Projects / Learning Outcomes

The intern will support the team’s efforts to conduct rigorous analyses and communicate their findings. Individual tasks will be project-specific, but will include assignments such as literature reviews, data analyses and visualizations, and writing/editing a broad variety of work products, including project reports, policy briefs, blog posts, and article submissions for peer review. 

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Demonstrated interest in health policy and inquisitive drive for drilling into data sets, legislation, and the like, in order to discover insights that can be translated to a stakeholder audience and inform health policy decisions
  • Ability to work both independently and as a contributing team member
  • Ability to handle multiple competing project deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to scientific integrity and high quality research
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and, especially Excel
  • Proficiency with SAS, STATA, R, ArcGIS, or similar statistical and/or geospatial mapping programs is a plus but not required

Desired Class Level(s)

Undergraduate or Graduate


Dependent on education level

Approximate Length 

10 weeks between May and July 2020

Approximate Hours Per Week 




Applications for Summer 2020 are now closed. In Fall 2020 look for updates here for the Summer 2021 Internship Application.

Application Submission Instructions

Complete Qualtrics application (click here)

Applications will need to include the following:

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Interest
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Writing Sample
  • Professional/Personal Reference