Author Archive for Elaine Kubik

Elaine Kubik’s summer in Southern Africa

One of the best parts of the MPA-DP program is the opportunity to spend three months in a developing country. The Summer Field Placement is a requirement within the program, and proves to be an integral component of the graduate learning experience. While most of my cohort comes from a variety of different countries, or has had development field experience already, the Summer Field Placement becomes an opportunity to advance professionally with a recognized organization.

I spent my summer in Maseru, Lesotho, a small enclave within South Africa. There I worked with an amazing organization called Jhpiego, working on their HIV outreach programs. Although it was challenging at first to see how my marketing and communications experience would relate to development work, I found my summer placement to be a worthwhile learning experience.

Check out my video below (it’s only 3:46 minutes) to learn more about my summer placement and my life at SIPA!

Financial resources for (mostly) MPA-DP applicants

Part of the challenge with graduate school is finding ways to fund your education. Read More →

A peek into ‘Global Food Systems’

During my second semester of my first year, I was required to take Global Food Systems. Read More →

7 reasons to choose the MPA-DP program

I know it’s a tough decision to choose the right program that will boost your career, so I’m here to tell you more about one of those options: the MPA-DP program. Read More →

Unpacking the Development Practioner’s Lab within the MPA-DP program

One of the key reasons why I chose the MPA-Development Practice program at SIPA was its focus on building hard skills through workshops and innovative teaching methods that I would use later on in my professional career. Read More →

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—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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