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The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Experiential Learning

Do you need a Heller graduate student team or individual to assist you and your organization with strategy, policy, research, analysis, marketing, management, capacity building, or fundraising?  Heller students can provide you with these kinds of skills through several experiential learning programs including regular and flexible internships, practicums and team consulting projects (TCPs).  Please contact Linnea Löf (llof@brandeis.edu) if you are interested in benefiting from and giving to a Heller student(s)!


Heller School for Social Policy and Management students seek semester-long and summer positions to enhance their professional experience and academic training. These can be part- or full-time, depending on the student’s credit requirements and organization’s needs.  Here are some examples:

  • Public Conversations Project - Waltham, MA
  • Mercy Corps: Global Citizens Corps - Boston, MA
  • Mass Energy Consumer Alliance - Boston, MA
  • Youth Build Boston - Boston, MA
  • Strong Women, Strong Girls - Dorchester, MA

Sustainable International Development (SID) Practicum

Heller’s SID students complete an intensive, full-time, professional-level practicum in the second year of their graduate studies. Organizations throughout the world host our students, who apply skills in community development, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation, to build organizational capacity and contribute to solutions of development problems. Here are some examples of past practicum placements:

- Climate Change Financing, UNDP (New York, NY, USA)
- Trafficking, International Organization for Migration (Beijing, China)
- Refugees, ADESO - African Development Solutions (Somalia)
- Monitoring & Evaluation, Plan International (Washington, DC, USA)
- Marine Conservation, CORALINA (San Andres Archipelago, Colombia)

Coexistence and Conflict Field Project

Students in the Coexistence and Conflict program develop an intensive master’s field project with a governmental organization or NGO. This project, culminating in a fieldwork report, is designed to build research and practical skills and to apply course theory to practice. Here are some examples of past field projects: 

- National Unity and Reconciliation Commission 
- Coexistence International
- East-West Institute
- UN Peacekeeping Mission
- Search for Common Ground

MBA Team Consulting Project (TCP)

Heller’s MBA students complete a three-month project where they apply analytical and problem-solving skills to address management challenges in a real-world consulting engagement. Client organizations apply to this program in February. Here are some examples of past TCPs:

- Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center
- Abt Associates
- Deloitte
- Jacobson Family Foundation
- American Heart Association

MPP Program Internships

Heller's MPP internships allow students to practice and refine their skills, and explore a range of career options. Many funded and unfunded internship and targeted-fellowship opportunities are offered for the summer between the first and second year. Here are some examples of past internships:

- Brookings Institution, Poverty 
- Education Pioneers, Child Youth and Family 
- Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Health
- Inter-American Development Bank, Poverty
- American Cancer Society Action Network, Health

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