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Duke in D.C. gives students who are interested in public policy, public service, and careers in the public sector an opportunity to engage in hands-on law practice through a full-time externship experience in Washington, D.C.


For students interested in externing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, please take some time to look through our SEC Info Packet (NetID and password required). We have compiled office/division descriptions from across the SEC website, extern role descriptions, and advice from previous Duke in DC SEC externs.


Interested in Duke in D.C.?

  • Book an appointment with Prof. Anne Gordon, Director of Externships.
  • DEADLINE: the last day of Registration for the semester you wish to go.
  • Keep in mind, however, that the placements themselves often have much earlier deadlines.


Securing an Externship Placement for Duke in D.C.

Students are encouraged to seek out and secure their own externship placements for participation in Duke in D.C., so as to target their specific interests and goals with regard to skills practice and professional development. View past placements.


Resources for externship placement-seeking for regulatory law experiences


Resources for externship placement-seeking for federal policymaking experiences include:

Duke in D.C. Application

If you are thinking about participating in Duke in DC, please refer to the Externships Handbook and interest form

Duke in D.C. Listserv
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Subscribe to the Duke in D.C. email listserv, through which you will receive information related to externship opportunities and deadlines, DC/NC housing coordination, and other administrative information related to the Duke in D.C. program.