MIIS students will travel to Washington, D.C. over Spring Break to complete a client project with one of three leading international development and social change organizations (Root Change, FHI 360, and the Grameen Foundation). Students will learn valuable skills that complement the DPMI Certificate training including learning how the organization in which they are working for the week functions as well as how to apply strategic tools and concepts from the DPMI training. All participants must complete the DPMI Managing Development Project Essentials workshop with Beryl Levinger prior to enrolling in this practicum. Dr. Levinger will accompany the group to DC and hold three onsite meetings at the organization with each group. Students on the Root Change team will work on a project that is part of the USAID “Local Awards” initiative. They will develop a learning agenda using Action Research methods. Students on the FHI 360 team will work on an education project focused on Equatorial Guinea and Active Learning. Students working at the Grameen Foundation will develop a monitoring and evaluation project related to the organization’s strategic plan. The final deliverable developed for the organizations will be submitted to Dr. Levinger for review and academic credit.

To learn more about this practicum model, visit https://sites.miis.edu/dpmiclientprojects/.

Middlebury Institute, CA