As an MIDP fellow, you will enjoy personalized career advising and professional development services through the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) and Sanford’s Career Services and Professional Development Center.
A Variety of Resources
We are dedicated to supporting our fellows as you refine your professional skills, make connections to enhance your professional networks, and apply your creativity and passion to the most pressing needs of your country or region and globally.
Services & opportunities
- Career advising and internship and job search assistance
- Career and professional development workshops
- Career and Professional Skills Development course
- Student organization-led professional development trips
- DCID Alumni-in-Residence program
- DCID Practitioner-in-Residence program
- Clifton Strengths Assessment and debrief
- The Sanford Master’s Student Professional Development Fund
- Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva
- Stanback Summer Environmental Fellowship Program
- Duke Global Student Research Fund
- Active international development alumni network
- Access to Devex platform
- Access to Society for international Development USA chapter
- Special events
MIDP Fellow Spotlights
Ainur Tuimebekova MIDP '24, Bolashak fellow
"The support of the MIDP team and Career Services is invaluable from the beginning of the semester staring from applying and advising. I got all the useful information from the Career Services since I was going overseas for my internship. I received very warm emails from the Sanford supervisors and notifications from the security office as well. This internship has been the best experience and I have met many new friends at the OECD."
Mustafa Rezaie MIDP '24, Rotary Peace Fellow
"I have learned so much from the Career and Prof. Skill Development class and the networking events, which have equipped me with valuable knowledge on how and where to apply for internship opportunities. Thanks to them, I feel prepared and confident in distinguishing myself among a large number of internship applicants."
A summer internship or consultancy for traditional, two-year MIDP fellows is a required component of the program. Internships are optional for accelerated degree seekers.
Successful internship and job searches are usually dependent upon the search and application strategy applied and the student’s professional background. Utilizing the services from Sanford’s Career Services team will ensure that you are familiar with the resources available to you, U.S. employment protocols and processes, and are overall better prepared for a potential job search.
Throughout the year, MIDP and DCID staff and faculty are networking and meeting with colleagues in the development field. They have a wide range of experience and networks in the development field - from tax policy to humanitarian assistance to rural development issues. Fellows are encouraged to approach MIDP and DCID faculty and staff regarding their own professional interests and goals. For many, this is the first step in meeting people or organizations within a field or region of interest. Teamwork between students, alumni, faculty and staff is strongly encouraged.
MIDP fellows intern with a variety of organizations around the world including the International Organization for Migration, U.S. Institute of Peace, World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, Partners Global, Heifer International, Oxfam, and the Organization for European Development and Cooperation.
Meet the director of global careers
Dr. Marion Pratt provides career advising to MIDP fellows, international MPP students and MPP students interested in international development. Prior to Duke, she served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger, worked for 17 years as the social science advisor with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and served as the grants resource officer at Vanderbilt University, helping faculty and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences secure research grants and fellowships.