Duke-Margolis Summer Experience Program

Duke-Margolis Summer Experience Program

Summer 2024

Internship Program Overview

Effectively improving health and the value of health care requires multidisciplinary teams and capabilities. To meet this aim, Duke-Margolis uniquely brings together teams of health care and policy experts and organizations to assess key policy and practice challenges and identify and implement impactful solutions. As future policy-leaders and -aware professionals, students are integral team members of the Center's mission. 


The Margolis Summer Experience Program is a summer internship program that offers students opportunities to contribute to a variety of projects aimed at improving health and the value of health care through research and the development of innovative, practical, and evidence-based policy solutions through a collaborative and mentored 10-week summer research experience.


Goals of the Internship Experience

  • Learn through challenging and meaningful activities
  • Link academic learning to policy and practice
  • Gain professional experience within the field of health policy
  • Build positive relationships with faculty and staff
  • Identify, clarify, and/or confirm direction as it relates to their academic studies and future career path
  • Develop strong networking/mentoring relationships
  • Strengthen our Margolis student community

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There are 4 program components for our Summer Experience Program. They are knowledge building, community building & networking, skills enhancement & training, and professional development.

Program Details

Program start date: May 20, 2024

Program end date: July 26, 2024

The program will be in-person for Summer 2024


Durham, NC or Washington, D.C.

*Interns must be located as the same location as their mentors

*This is an in-person experience with no remote option; the day-to-day activities will be determined by the supervising mentor. 

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.

Compensation & Hours

Paid, dependent on education level. Approximately 40 hours per week. 

Applicant Information

Qualifications & Eligibility

Students eligible to apply are:

  • Currently enrolled students at the undergraduate, graduate, professional, Ph.D. level, and recent graduates (less than 3 months). Our program is available to all Duke University and non-Duke University students.
  • International students currently enrolled at a US based institution can participate as long as they can provide proper documentation for their visas and must physically be located in Durham. 
  • All applicants must be able to or willing to physically reside in Durham, NC, or Washington DC for the 10-week summer program.

Each mentor and their projects require unique skill sets. Applicants should demonstrate the skills and qualifications outlined in the individual job descriptions that they apply for.

Application Materials

  • Resume/CV, Unofficial Transcript(s) and Statement of Interest
  • Please upload materials separately and follow the application instructions. 

Application Instructions

  1. Applicants will apply directly to the project descriptions posted on Handshake
  2. Non-Duke students- If your school does not have Handshake, please review the postings in the PDF link via the Intern Applicant Portal 
  3. Duke students- please review all project descriptions via Handshake 
  4. Please make sure your application matches with your level of education. There will be separate application portals and projects for undergraduate and graduate/PhD applicants.
  5. Letters of recommendations or references forms are not needed to complete your application. 

Dates to Know

The annual application period will open on: January 17, 2024

The application process will close on: February 15, 2024

February 2024-March 2024- Interviews: Hiring Mentors will conduct and manage their own interview and selection process. Mentors will only offer to candidates who meet the qualifications and skill sets of the mentors' project needs and requirements. 

Offers: Offers will be made on a rolling basis with final offers to be made no later than March 25, 2024

All applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 29, 2024.

Internship Dates: May 20, 2024-July 26, 2024


Duke- Margolis Summer Experience Information Session

Tuesday, November 28 from 5:00pm-5:45pm via Zoom- Register Here 


Meet more of our interns to learn about their experiences by visiting the Margolis Interns Directory!

Program Team

Tiffany Chan Headshot

Tiffany Chan, MS

Senior Program Coordinator -Summer Experience, Margolis Scholars

Gillian Schmidler

Gillian Sanders Schmidler, PhD

Deputy Director, Duke-Margolis Institute for Health Policy
Professor of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Margolis Executive Core Faculty
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member

Dev Sangvai

Devdutta Sangvai, MD, MBA

Faculty Director of the Margolis Summer Experience
Margolis Core Faculty
Professor, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry
Duke SOM Professor, Program in Education
2020 Intern Mentor
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member