Undergraduate Opportunities – DRAFT

The Center for Child and Family Policy offers several programs for Duke undergraduate students to learn about child and family policy through classes, policy-relevant research projects, internships, events, and more.

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"The Child Policy Research certificate has driven and challenged my academic experience at Duke. Without the classes I’ve taken through the certificate program, I would not have met some of my favorite professors and certainly would not have ended up pursuing a career with Teach For America.”

Chloe Golfinos, Certificate Graduate '20

Child Policy Research Certificate

A six-course certificate program for students interested in exploring child and family issues through interdisciplinary study, while working closely with faculty to conduct original research.

This certificate is designed to teach students how to:

  • Analyze issues facing children, families, and society
  • Apply analytical skills to study these issues with empirical rigor
  • Engage in research that informs policy and practice

Research Fellowships & Independent Study

Options for conducting child and family policy research, while earning credit.


Join our events to learn from practitioners in the field and experts who have demonstrated unrivaled excellence in behavioral science and theory, as well as science-to-policy applications.


The Center often has paid internship opportunities for students interested in supporting faculty research projects or gaining experience in policy-related communications.