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MPA/ID students spend the summer between their first and second years 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. Some internships are paid, of course. Others are unpaid; most MPA/ID students working for public or non-profit organizations receive a grant to cover their costs.
|Africa Governance Initiative||Monrovia, Liberia|
|African Development Bank||Nairobi, Kenya|
|Agency for Development, Gov't of Sri Lanka||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Albright Stonebridge Group||Washington, DC, USA|
|Bank of Algeria||Algiers, Algeria|
|Bridge International Academies||Cambridge, MA, USA|
|Deloitte Social Impact Practice||San Francisco, CA, USA|
|Directorate for Financial & Enterprise Affairs, OECD||Paris, France|
|Facebook, Global Policy Development Team||Washington, DC, USA|
|Financial Sector Deepening Trust||Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO)||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|Generation Hope||Manila, Philippines|
|Ghana Water Company||Accra, Ghana|
|Global Agriculture & Food Security Program, IFC||Washington, DC, USA|
|Global Development Incubator, Rural & Agricultural Finance Learning Lab||Nairobi, Kenya|
|IMAGO Global Grassroots||New Delhi, India|
|Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|Instituto Sonho Grande||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Inter-American Development Bank||Washington, DC, USA|
|International Trade Centre||Geneva, Switzerland|
|Laterite Ltd.||Kigali, Rwanda|
|Ministry of Education, Gov't of Colombia||Bogota, Colombia|
|Ministry of Energy and Industry, Gov't of Albania||Tirana, Albania|
|Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Gov't of Rwanda||Kigali, Rwanda|
|Ministry of Finance, Gov't of Mexico||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Ministry of Public Enterprise, Gov't of Sri Lanka||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|NISK Capital||Nairobi, Kenya|
|Numida Technologies||Kampala, Uganda|
|Oolu Solar||Dakar, Senegal|
|PEMEX, Office of the CEO, Gov't of Mexico||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Reserve Bank of India, Strategic Research Unit||Mumbai, India|
|Russian Direct Investment Fund||Moscow, Russia|
|Rwanda Development Board||Kigali, Rwanda|
|SMERU Research Institute||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|UNICEF Jordan||Amman, Jordan|
|Value for Good, UN World Food Program||Berlin, Germany|
|World Bank, Migration and Livelihoods Diversification||Yangon, Myanmar|
|World Bank, Poverty & Equity Global Practice||Washington, DC, USA|
|World Bank, Trade & Competitiveness||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|World Bank, Water & Sanitation Program||Vientiane, Laos|
|World Economic Forum, Global Shapers Community||Geneva, Switzerland|
|World Resources Institute (WRI), Renewable Energy||Bangalore, India|
"My role here is to work on the broader M&E framework for land reform implementation, as well as look at the economic implications of several specific aspects of the reforms. I’ve found myself referring to PDIA concepts often (and forwarding papers to anyone willing to listen!). As I peel back the layers of Sierra Leone’s land reform history to better understand the forces that could affect current reforms, I’m discovering just how complex and daunting political decision-making processes in this country can be." More...
Courtney Han, MPA/ID 2017, is working with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Sierra Leone this summer. Previously, Courtney had worked with IPA in the Philippines and in Ethiopia, and with the World Bank in Kenya, Ghana and Washington, DC.
"My work at AGI builds on my studies and is expanding my understanding of development politics and implementation issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout my internship, concepts that I have learned at the Kennedy School, such as growth diagnostics, industrial policy, and problem-driven iterative adaptation, have come up frequently." More...
Johannes Lohmann, MPA/ID 2017, is working with Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative in Liberia this summer. Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, Johannes was the Chief Financial Officer for Instiglio, a social enterprise managing social impact bonds.