Photo taken by Megha Hegde, MA SID'14, during her practicum in India.
Photo taken by Megha Hegde, MA SID'14, during her practicum in India.

In their second year, the majority of SID students spend up to six months working on a field-based practicum or internship, with recognized development organizations and agencies worldwide. The program assists students in finding placements.

Through the practicum experience, each student focuses on a development issue or problem and that yields a master’s paper. Students return to campus at the end of the spring semester to submit the master’s paper and participate in Capstone week with their cohort before earning their degree.

  • The practicum experience is designed to nurture new ideas, deepen field experience and professional growth, and is suited to a student’s background, level of experience, and career path.
  • Past practicum organizations have included major global institutions such as UN agencies, FAO, and the World Bank; international NGOs such as Oxfam, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, and the Aga Khan Foundation; human rights and policy advocacy organizations; and national and local governments and NGOs throughout the developing world.
  • The second-year practicum makes the Master of Arts SID degree program more affordable because there are no course tuition fees during the off-campus year. Instead, students pay the minimum enrollment fee for their two semesters, a small Heller program fee, and their health insurance fees.