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MPA/ID students spend the summer between their first and second year working on development projects, usually in a developing or transitional economy country other than their own. 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 broaden their perspectives on development practice. Students 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 capstone paper.
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.
Sofia Hurtado, MPA/ID '15, in West Bengal, India.
Prof. Ricardo Hausmann leads “Team Albania” Growth Lab Interns
During the summer of 2014, fourteen students worked in 7 different government ministries in Tirana, Albania. Many formed part of “Black Belt Teams” comprised of experts from different ministries, the private sector and academic institutions and responsible for tackling some of the most pressing challenges to economic growth that the country is currently facing. CID put together an outstanding team with a wealth of professional experience in public, private and nonprofit sectors around the world to support the Government of Albania in its development efforts.