The summer field placement is an essential component of the MPA in Development Practice curriculum. The three-month placement is designed to provide students with practical work experience in sustainable development practice and a holistic learning experience, deeply grounded in the local environment.
The program management team curates unique placement opportunities with established partner organizations based on their needs and works with students to design others. Over 190 MPA-DP students, individually or in teams of up to five, have worked in 30 different countries (listed below), completing high-level terms of reference for a diverse array of organizations and institutions spanning private sector consulting firms, multilateral agencies and banks, NGOs and non-profits, social enterprises, and governments.
Intended Learning Outcomes
The MPA-DP field placement aims to provide a challenging real-world experience for aspiring practitioners, with the following core learning outcomes:
- To gain a first-hand understanding of key interconnected sectors of education, agriculture, environment, health, nutrition, energy, infrastructure, water, gender and community development;
- To demonstrate effective use of project cycle management through problem identification, analysis, design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation;
- To integrate knowledge of cross-sector issues, local insights and community participation into field training projects and activities;
- To identify effective strategies for policy interventions to advance sustainable development (at the local, national and global level);
- To demonstrate a critical use of self-reflection and inter-personal skills and dynamics to analyze attitudes, perceptions and biases;
- To communicate important achievements and challenges in implementing a multi-sectoral project (through videos, multi-media presentations and project reports).