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Out of the classroom, into the field

As an MPA/ID student, you’ll spend the summer between your first and second years working on a development project, usually in a developing or transitional economy country other than your own.

The summer internship is a practical opportunity for you to test the skills you’ve learned during your first year in the MPA/ID Program and broaden your real-world perspective on development practice. You’ll use the internship to explore a new organization, substantive area of interest, or part of the world. You may decide to build on your internship experience for your Second Year Policy Analysis, the MPA/ID capstone paper.

Our students find internships in several ways. They may take advantage of the vast network of alumni and former internship sites around the world, apply for internships through formal programs (such as the World Bank Internship) or directly contact organizations that are interesting to them. Some internships are paid; others are not. Most of our MPA/ID students working for public or nonprofit organizations receive a grant to cover their costs. 

“My internship with the New Pathways to Inclusive Growth Project in Sri Lanka was a highly enriching experience and a good way build upon the MPA/ID's first year, as I could apply frameworks we had studied and, being my first time in Asia and in the public sector, I could experience first-hand many things I had learnt from classes and peers." - Malena Acuña, MPA/ID 2019 (Argentina)

What some of our MPA/IDs did last summer

Josep Casas MPA/ID 2020Josep Casas MPA/ID 2020
Liberia Revenue Authority
Taxes and Capital Markets
Monrovia, Liberia

Ben Grozier MPA/ID 2020Ben Grozier MPA/ID 2020
Asian Development Bank
Private Sector Infrastructure Finance Division
Bangkok, Thailand

Smriti Iyer MPAID 2020Smriti Iyer MPA/ID 2020
Museo Tucume
Tourism Planning
Tucume, Peru

Victoria Orozco MPA/ID 2020Victoria Orozco MPA/ID 2020
World Bank
Finance, Competitiveness, Innovation Global Practice
Washington, DC, USA

Ratnika Prasad MPA/ID - MBA 2020Ratnika Prasad MPA/ID - MBA 2020
Circulate Capital
Investment Management, Waste/Recycling and Circular Economy Advancement
New York, NY, USA & Singapore

Mustafa Serbest MPA/ID 2020Mustafa Serbest MPA/ID 2020
Center for International Development (CID) and Gov't of Jordan
Amman, Jordan