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MPA/ID students spend the summer between their first and second year working on development projects, usually in a developing country. These internships give MPA/ID students a practical opportunity to put the skills they have learned in their first year of studies to the test, and to give them additional real-world experience and guidance as they think about the coursework they will choose for their second year. Students with substantial previous work experience use the internship to explore new organizations, substantive areas of interest, or parts of the world. Some students choose to build on their internship experience when they write their Second Year Policy Analysis.
For employers, the MPA/ID internships offer an opportunity to develop relationships with students who are on their way to becoming policy makers and leaders in the field of international development. Whether the employers are multilateral organizations, central banks, government agencies, research institutes, or private corporations, they are working with students who have a valuable and varied set of skills.
MPA/ID students find internships in several ways. They may take advantage of the immense network of alumni and former internship sites around the world, apply for internships through formal programs (such as the World Bank), or directly contact organizations of interest to them.
Douglas Barrios, MPAID 2012, talks about his summer internship in Caracas, Venezuela through Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management.