For students in the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice program, things may progress a little differently than for our other MPA and Master of International Affairs students. For example, while MPA and MIA students may elect to spend their summer between their first and second year however they wish, MPA-DP students are required to participate in a three-month summer field placement. And I use the term required loosely, as our students always enjoy their assignments. They work in one of 30 different countries to develop practical work experience in sustainable development practice and to gain first-hand understanding of how education, agriculture, health, nutrition, energy, water and community are interconnected. It’s both a challenging and rewarding experience that’s an essential part of the MPA-DP curriculum.
To see what it’s like for our MPA-DP students, today I’m sharing with you an experience Ana Carolina Diaz, MPA-DP ’16, had this summer while she’s working in Tanzania.