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. 

What some of our MPA/IDs did this summer

Han Seul Yoon MPA/ID/JD 2020Han Seul Yoon MPA/ID, JD 2020
World Bank
Doing Business Indicator Project
Washington, DC


Joaquin Klot MPA/ID 2018Joaquin Klot MPA/ID 2018
BRAC Bangladesh
Donor Liaison Office
Dhaka, Bangladesh


Michelle Infanzon MPA/ID 2018Michelle Infanzon MPA/ID 2018
Government of Sri Lanka (CID Project)
Sustainable Development in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka


Goodman, Jared.jpgJared Goodman MPA/ID, MBA 2018
Black Rhino Group
Energy Infrastructure Investment Platform
Johannesburg, South Africa