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MIDP fellows enjoy personalized career advising and professional development services while enrolled in the program. We are dedicated to supporting fellows as they refine their professional skills, connect with colleagues and organizations that will enhance their professional networks, and apply their creativity and passion to the most pressing needs of their country or region.


Career Advising and Employment Assistance

An internship or consultancy for two-year MIDP fellows is a required component of the program. Internships are recommended but not required for one-year degree MIDP fellows. Utilizing the resources and services that DCID provides will ensure that fellows are familiar with the U.S. employment protocol and available resources, and are better prepared for the job search in their second year, should they need it. Many of our staff and faculty have a wide range of experience and networks in the development field - from tax policy to humanitarian assistance to rural development issues. We encourage fellows to approach the MIDP/DCID team regarding their own professional interests and goals. Often that is the first step in meeting people or organizations within their field or region of interest.

CareerLink Video Tutorials

CareerLink is your gateway to a number of jobs, internships and fellowships for which MIDP fellows are being specifically recruited. This series of instructional videos teaches you how to register for CareerLink, search for jobs, and schedule an appointment with your career adviser. Watch the videos here.

Skills-based Workshops Series

Throughout the academic year, MIDP fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the skills workshops created to assist with their professional networking and goals, management enhancement, and/or internship and job searches. Themes include:

  • Polishing your International Development CV
  • Interviews: review of types of interviews, and video-recording of interviews by fellows
  • Employment research and application tips and tricks, and networking tools such as LinkedIn and the MIDP Symbaloo site
  • Leadership-building tools such as MBTI and StrengthsFinder training
  • A session with senior recruiter from RTI International

Meet and Greet Sessions

Throughout the two semesters, we feature visits by employers, alumni, faculty and guests who are invited to speak about their areas of expertise and work experience in domestic and international development. These seminars are designed to help MIDP fellows determine whether or not they may be interested in particular areas / industries / sectors and to assist in giving an insider’s view of particular organizations or sectors.

Alumni-in-Residence and Practitioner-in-Residence programs

Once each semester, the MIDP program invites an alumnus or alumna to participate in our Alumni-in-Residence Program. This program consists of a general “career talk” followed by a morning of one-on-one informational interviews. Once each semester, we also invite a development professional to participate in our Practitioner-in-Residence Program, which is similar to the Alumni-in-Residence Program in structure.

Management/Leadership Enhancement: StrengthsFinder/MBTI Assessment and Consultation

Once each year, fellows will learn about the Meyers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and the StrengthsFinder, developed by Gallup, and will have the opportunity to conduct both assessments and review their results.

DC Professional Development Trip

In early January each year, MIDP fellows travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of seminars, panels and appointments with international development organizations, development professionals, MIDP alumni and other resource people who provide insights into international organizations in the D.C. metropolitan area and worldwide. Our speakers will also bring information about internships/consultancies in their organizations. During the trip, fellows attend group meetings with various officials from international organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank or USAID as well as international and domestic NGOs. Fellows may also arrange individual, informational meetings with officials from organizations of their choice.

MIDP Alumni Network

Current MIDP fellows, Master of Public Policy (MPP) students and alumni from both programs are excellent resources for internship and job ideas as well as for sharing best practices in one’s area of specialty. Sanford School of Public Policy alumni are loyal and committed. Many alumni have a profound sense of giving back through the hiring of interns and consultants, and offering job opportunities to qualified MIDP graduates. MIDP and MPP staff and faculty can suggest which alumni might be most helpful for you. There are also active LinkedIn and Facebook groups for our alumni.

Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva

In this program, MIDP fellows will participate in a Geneva Policy Internship and an intensive one-week course focused on Global Health, Environment and Sustainable Development, Global Economic Governance and Development, or Humanitarian Assistance and Human Rights.

Duke Summer Internships in India

This program is designed to give Duke University graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to intern with NGOs, government departments and socially focused businesses in India, providing them with a meaningful and professional opportunity to practice and gain new skills and responsibility in a developing country. Learn more. 

Summer School for Future International Development Leaders

The Summer School for Future International Development Leaders offers a 6-10 week summer research and educational program that gives Duke University graduate students the opportunity to work with students and development professionals from universities and organizations throughout India. The program, based in Udaipur, India, combines coursework and field research in a collaboration that aims to help transform the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur, sponsor this intensive, results-oriented program. Learn more. 

Internship Funding

  • MIDP Internship Fund: All fellows who are not fully sponsored and who participate in an unpaid internship as a requirement to complete their degree are eligible to apply for a summer stipend from the MIDP Internship Fund. An award is based upon many factors, including a fellow’s own resources, the sponsor’s contribution and whether or not the host organization is offering a financial or in-kind benefit.
  • Lethem Summer Internship Award: With a generous donation from Francis Lethem (MIDP ’95), Director of DCID, the MIDP offers a small monetary award to a fellow who performs his or her summer internship with MIDP alumni.

Devex Career Accounts and Access to Devex Resources

Devex is a portal for information on international development that is specifically tailored to mid-career development professionals. We are pleased to offer fellows membership to Devex as a part of our program. Devex hosts a forum in Washington, D.C., that we attend every year. Interested fellows are welcome to join us at the conference.

Portal of International-Development-Related Professional Resources

MIDP students can log in to SanfordCareerLink for access to MIDP's professional development webmix, a dashboard of links to online material for development professionals. This site is intended to be an up-to-date, easy-to-access space for all online information related to international development and professional development opportunities in the field.

Special Events

During the year, various information sessions, guest speakers and special events are organized by DCID and Sanford. Annual events include the Rethinking Development Policy series, the Duke-RTI Professors and Practitioners in Conversation series and the NC Policy Panels & Networking Event, an opportunity for fellows to hear from policy professionals on five panels (international development, environment, economic development, government and social policy) followed by an opportunity to engage in conversation at a networking reception. In addition, we organize site visits to local development organizations.

Getting the most from MIDP Professional Development Services

MIDP Professional Development Services is a resource for you to use for any questions you have about internships, resumes or other professional-related issues. It is not an internship or job placement service. We are here to support you and to channel available resources to assist you in your internship and job search as well as professional interests and goals.

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