MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya

Summer Internships

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.

Summer Internships

Shammi Quddus

Shammi Quddus, MPA/ID '17

Shammi did her summer internship with the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center, the country's first leadership institute. BYLC works to bridge gaps in society by uniting youth from diverse backgrounds, equipping them with leadership skills, and engaging them in community-service and active citizenship. More...  

Veronica Olivera Sapienza

Veronica Olivera Sapienza, MPA/ID '16

Veronica Olivera Sapienza wrote about her summer internship in Costa Rica with the Consejo Presidencial Social, a part of the Government of Costa Rica that coordinates the evaluation and monitoring of projects to reduce poverty and inequality in the country. More...


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