MIDP students are required to spend at least half of their summer in a program-relevant professional placement.
Students work with faculty support to identify a position that fits their interests and offers an opportunity to apply MIDP analytical methods to real world problems. Some students find paid positions, but the MIDP program has resources available to enable students to accept excellent unpaid opportunities abroad and in the DC area.
Each MIDP student is required to spend at least half of their summer between years working in a program-relevant professional placement of their choice. Most MIDP students work in developing countries, and many find positions working on rigorous impact evaluations in the field. Take a look at the list of recent placements!
Saahil Karpe (MIDP '15)
In the summer between his first and second year, Saahil interned on a World Bank-funded project aimed at evaluating the effect of incentives for teachers on learning outcomes for students in middle schools in Rwanda. Setting up the framework for the intervention, he spent 8 weeks in Rwanda’s capital - Kigali, and then 3 at the World Bank in D.C. His work involved bringing on board a variety of stakeholders associated with the project including officials within the Ministry of Education, district-level administrators as well as local NGOs working in the education space.
Emily Deer (MIDP ‘15)
During Summer 2014, Emily served as an Aid Data Management Fellow at the Instituto Mora's Observatorio de Cooperación Internacional (Observatory of Foreign Assistance) in Mexico City. There, she conducted spatial analysis of foreign aid in Mexico, seeking to identify underserved communities, strategic linkages, and centers of excellence for development. These analyses culminated in diagnostic reports assessing the Ministry of Finance's and the European Commission's aid portfolios in Mexico. She also developed and conducted geocoding, mapping, and data visualization training seminars for Mexican researchers and practitioners.
Simrin Makhija (MIDP ‘14)
World Bank's Development Impact Evaluation Division (DIME)
In the summer of 2013, Simrin interned with the World Bank's Development Impact Evaluation Division (DIME) where she created an impact evaluation training module and wrote policy documents for dissemination. Working at DIME helped hone her quantitative and policy writing skills. It also gave her insight into the field of impact evaluation outside the world of academia which has been useful in her current work as a Senior Research Assistant at the International Food Policy Research Institute.