Master of Arts in Sustainable Development:
International Policy and Management, Washington, DC

Field Experience and Professional Practicum


  • James Årinaitwe

    “SIT really brought me closer to the issues that I want to deal with.”

    James Årinaitwe
    Årinaitwe, who is originally from Uganda, attended SIT on a full scholarship; shortly after receiving his degree, he began a one-year Global Health Corps fellowship working with Single Stop USA in New York City.

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  • The second semester consists of a full-time professional practicum with a relevant development organization or agency. The program will identify a range of opportunities in different locations.

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

    WASHINGTON, DC, REGION PLACEMENTS:

    OTHER US PLACEMENTS:

    INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENTS:

    Africa

    Asia

    Latin America and the Carribean

     Students with well established professional contacts are welcome to propose a practicum arrangement.

    In the past, students have contributed the following deliverables to their practicum partner organizations:

    • Designed and developed new country/sector specific or global project proposals
    • Produced lessons-learned documents for country specific, regional, or global projects
    • Developed program tools in civil society/governance/private sector projects
    • Designed and delivered citizen and organizational capacity development training
    • Prepared local development handbooks
    • Developed participatory monitoring and evaluation frameworks and studies
    • Analyzed local and national level policy advocacy strategies
    • Analyzed potential impact investments
    • Developed socially responsible blended value projects
    • Developed training materials

    The practicum is an exciting opportunity both for  students and the practicum partner organizations. These partnerships frequently result in outstanding work for the organizations and provide meaningful professional educational value for students. In the third semester, students draw on the learning and data generated by their respective projects to write their capstone paper that culminates the program.

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