The MIDP program includes personalized career advising and professional development services for fellows. We know that you don’t just come to Duke for an education, but to advance your career in international development. So, we offer one-on-one counseling, small groups, and even courses aimed at supporting graduate students as they refine their professional skills. 

Career Advising and Employment Assistance

MIDP fellows in the traditional two-year program are required to complete an internship or consultancy. Internships are recommended but not required for one-year degree MIDP fellows. Why? We believe that there is no substitute for practical, immersive experiences. These summer opportunities allow fellows to practice some of the skills they are learning in the classroom. Fellows who go through the process of applying and completing internships are better prepared for the job search after graduation. But, you’re not on your own: our experienced staff are familiar with U.S. and international organizations’ employment protocol and available resources, and have networks in the development field in a broad range of issue areas and organization types.

Sanford CareerLink

Current MIDP Fellow? We use SanfordCareerLink to manage appointments, provide handouts and presentations, and list job and internship opportunities. Register for an account and the Sanford Office of Career Services will approve you right away.

Skills-Based Workshop Series

Throughout the academic year, MIDP fellows are invited to attend workshops designed to teach practical skills. Themes include:

  • Polishing your international development resume or CV
  • Interviews: review of types of interviews, and video-recording of interviews by fellows
  • Employment research and application tips and tricks, and networking tools like LinkedIn
  • Leadership-building tools such as MBTI and StrengthsFinder 

Meet Our Director of Global Careers

Dr. Marion Pratt served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger and worked for 17 years as the Social Science Advisor with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC. Following her career with USAID, she 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. She received her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Binghamton University and her BA in Art History and Environmental Studies from Williams College. As the Director of Global Careers at the Sanford School of Public Policy, she works with both MIDP fellows and MPP students who are focused on careers in international development.  

Alumni-in-Residence and Practitioner-in-Residence Series

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.

Meet and Greet Sessions

Throughout the year, a wide variety of impressive thought leaders come to Duke. We do our best to include time for MIDP fellows to “meet and greet,” and when possible, we help organize a special seminar or discussion as part of the speaker’s visit schedule. We have found that these opportunities often help fellows narrow down their interests in particular sectors and organizations because they get an insider’s view.


Our career services staff work with fellows to help them identify and apply for summer internships. In addition, fellows can apply for funding support. 

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), former Director of DCID, the MIDP offers a small monetary award to a fellow who performs his or her summer internship with MIDP alumnus.

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.

Annual DC Trip 2018

Check out this video from our 2018 professional development trip. 

Sanford 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 your area of specialty. Sanford School of Public Policy alumni are fiercely loyal and are a great source of leads for the Sanford community. The MIDP staff and faculty can suggest which alumni might be most helpful. There are also active LinkedIn and Facebook groups for our alumni to meet each other directly. 

Online 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 fellows may wish to attend. 

Other Professional Development Resources

Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva

In this program, MIDP fellows 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. Learn more. 

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