Student Opportunities

The Center provides a wide array of opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students to gain experience in the child and family policy arena.

Undergraduate Students

The Center’s Child Policy Research Certificate allows undergraduates to pursue a cohesive set of interdisciplinary courses on child and family issues, while honing their research skills.

Our School Research Partnership matches students with school districts, nonprofits and other organizations that have research needs. Participants gain real-world research experience while providing a valuable service.

Students with an interest in child policy can apply for the Jacqueline A. Morris Fellowship, which provides assistance for undergraduate research projects.

Center faculty can also help students pursue Independent Studies on child and family policy topics. Through independent studies, students often gain experience working with government agencies or nonprofit service providers.

Finally, Center faculty can assist students informally, for instance by helping them learn about potential child policy internships and providing advice on academic and career choices. The Center also often has volunteer opportunities, as well as internship opportunities for students interested gaining experience in policy-related communications.

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Graduate Students

Numerous opportunities exist for graduate and doctoral students to become involved with the Center, beginning with our graduate fellowships. Duke has a number of excellent doctoral programs in the social and biological sciences that have important links to social policy. The Center provides opportunities for these links to be realized through formal instruction and mentored research.

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