MIDP Summer Experience
MIDP students are required to spend at least half of their summer in a program-relevant professional placement.
Students often apply to summer job postings, but a large number of MIDP students identify for themselves their ideal summer placement and then negotiate that placement with the potential employer. Because MIDP students have specific skills that are in high demand and because they can offer themselves to potential employers with McCourt School funding, our students actually can develop new placements that have never been listed publicly.
As an example, one MIDP student developed two separate opportunities in South Africa, one with the World Bank and one with a local university. Both were directly related to her specific interest in green technologies and climate change, and both satisfied the program requirement to include economic analysis and data work. Neither were listed publicly, and neither would have been possible without university funding.
Additional examples of recent summer placements can be found in the stories below detailing how three MIDP students spent the summer of 2022 in Tanzania, Bangladesh, and India and how two others spent the summer of 2023 in Jordan and Cambodia.