MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya


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.

Internship sites, summer 2016 included:

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
ASER Delhi, India
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
IDinsight 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
ThinkWell Maputo, Mozambique
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

MPA/ID "Speed Networking" Internship Event

Jack Sennet, MPA/ID 2018

Each fall MPA/ID first years attend a “Speed Networking” event with the second year students to enjoy food, drink, and the unique opportunity to hear about work experiences abroad. We interviewed participants to hear their thoughts on the annual MPA/ID internship event: Read More

Vincent Vanderputten

“I work on a few projects, one of which involves conducting 6000 interviews. Working on the sampling for this project, I am learning a lot. Not just conceptually, but also practically.” More...

MPA/ID student Vincent Vanderputten, interning with Laterite Ltd. in Kigali, Rwanda with fellow MPA/ID students who were interning in the region Nanako Yano (Rwanda Development Board), Max Bode (Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning), guide, Leah Kaplow (Rwanda Development Board), Jared Goodman (African Development Bank, Nairobi).


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