Master of Arts in Sustainable Development:
Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change, Brattleboro, VT

Field Experience and Professional Practicum

Apply the knowledge and skills you acquire in the classroom while engaging in the field of development in real-world settings.

  • Thaddeus Copeland

    “I chose to work with the BlueGreen Alliance because I believe they embody many characteristics needed to create sustainable communities.”

    --Thaddeus Copeland

    Thaddeus gained field experience as a student on SIT’s Sustainable Development: Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change MA program

  • Kristan Bakker

    "My practicum [showed] me the incredible complexity of dealing with social injustice even on a small scale."

    --Kristan Bakker

    Read more about the field experience Kristan gained as a student on SIT’s Sustainable Development MA program.

  • International and US-Based Intensive Courses
    Students have the option of completing a short-term intensive course at sites in the US or abroad. Typically ranging in duration from one-four weeks, recent intensives have been offered in Washington, DC, Bangladesh, Mexico, and Turkey.

    Intensive field courses offer students pursuing an MA in sustainable development the chance to interact with practitioners in the field, learn on-site, and expand professional networking. Short-term intensives are typically offered in January. Learn more about our intensive field courses.

    Professional Practicum
    Following the on-campus coursework phase, each student completes a professional practicum with an organization of his/her choosing.* The practicum must be related to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.

    During this period - referred to as the Reflective Practice Phase - students remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills working in a professional context.

    Practicum placements provide in-depth, hands-on learning; enhance résumés; and expand professional contacts.

    * Students find positions on their own with support from SIT's Career Services.

    Recent practicum placements held by students in the Sustainable Development: Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change program include:

    United States

    • Program Director, Africa Projects, NextAid (Los Angeles, California)
    • Program Coordinator, Foundation for Sustainable Development (San Francisco, California)
    • Economics Intern, United Nations Development Programme (New York, New York)
    • Food Access and Urban Agriculture Intern, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (Indianapolis, Indiana)
    • Micro Credit Projects Coordinator, American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
    • Short-term Consultant, World Bank (Washington, DC)
    • Kiva Fellow, Kiva Microfunds (San Francisco, California)
    • Legislative Intern, Bluegreen Alliance (Washington, DC)
    • Policy Research Analyst/Intern, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (Burlington, VT)
    • Program Coordinator, Fair Trade Resource Network (Philadelphia, PA)
    • Economic Justice Intern, Oxfam America (Boston, Massachusetts)
    • Micro Business Loan Developer, Holy Rosary Credit Union (Kansas City, Missouri)
    • Program Advocate, FAIR Fund (Washington, DC)


    • Proposal Writer and Project Manager, FORMATEL (Haiti)
    • Commissioner, National Elections Commission (Liberia)
    • Program Officer, Embassy of Sweden Nairobi (Kenya)
    • Program Assistant/Intern, ProAct Network (Switzerland)
    • Project Manager, CARE International (Switzerland)
    • Research Intern, Tibetan Women's Association (India)
    • Monitoring/Evaluation Coordinator, The Environment and Rural Development Foundation (Cameroon)
    • Assistant Research Team Leader, Norwegian People's Aid (Norway)
    • Coordinator, Migrants Rights International (Switzerland)

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