Community & International Development Program Field Practicum Information

As a part of the capstone requirements for the Masters of Science in Community and International Development, students take part in CIDS680 Field Practicum - which requires a minimum of 720 hours at an Internship or practicum that co-ordinates with the student's research project and/or concentration. The Field Practicum is one of the most critical elements of the program's curriculum as it assists students in the process of building expertise by providing an applied practical component to the theoretical knowledge acquired in classes.

Field Practicum Requirements

  • Must be matched with the student's research project and/or concentration
  • Must be approved by the Program Director through the Field Practicum Application process, which includes
    • an approval form from a sponsoring organization;
    • a rationale for choosing this particular organization/country;
    • a statement on how this particular field of work ties with the concentration
    • a learning plan that includes student's goals and objectives for the chosen field practicum
  • Must complete a minimum of 720 in-field hours
  • Students must have taken at least two courses related to the area in which the field practicum occurs



This document is for both students and prospective internship supervisors. It outlines objectives and expectations for the internship. It is for information purpose;

It is expected that students will complete a 720-hour internship (approximately 6 months at 30 hours per week), as indicated by completing this form weekly during the internship. All completed forms must be submitted to CIDP following the internship.

This document is an official agreement between the Community & International Development Program and the agency/organization in which the student will complete internship requirements. This form should be signed and returned to CIDP prior to the start of the internship.

This form is what the faculty panel will use to evaluate the internship presentation. This is the final step before the student receives a grade for the internship.

This document serves as an aid to students who have completed their internship, as they prepare to present their experience to a faculty panel.

This form will be used by the agency/organization employee who is assigned as internship supervisor. Upon completion of the internship, this form should be completed and returned to CIDP.

This form is outlines the components, steps and checkpoints of your internship portfolio.


Below are several useful resources for individuals looking for jobs and/or internships in the development fields. Click on each title to be taken to the organization's webpage.

Association for Women’s Rights in Development
The Association for Women’s Right In Development (AWID) is an international membership organization connecting, informing, and mobilizing people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. Each week a list of job openings around the world is posted on AWID’s Resource Net email digest. Click on any Resource Net issue number to view jobs posted that week. The most recent listing is at the top.

DevNetJobs provides listings for international development jobs and consultancies. You have the option of paying a fee in order to acquire a DevNetJobs Value Membership, which gives you access to a wider selection of job vacancies sooner.

Foreign Policy Association Job Board
The Foreign Policy Association is a national US, nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental, educational organization founded in 1918 to educate Americans about the significant international policy issues. The Foreign Policy Association Job Board posts international internship, job and volunteer opportunities weekly. You can search the job-listing website as well as view current openings according to predefined categories.

Global Corps
Global Corps provides a forum where professionals and organizations can share information with respect to development, humanitarian and disaster relief issues. As part of their mission to provide a forum for the exchange of information, they operate the Global Corps Current Job Openings Page, however, postings are often targeted toward US applicants.

Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders and is a good resource for a variety of non-profit, public affairs, international jobs. You can search their Idealist Job Postings using different keywords or by location.

International Career Employment Weekly
The International Career Employment Weekly newspaper advertises over 500 current international job vacancies each week, including hundreds of international development jobs. This is a subscription service, which means that you need to pay a membership fee in order to access all of the job and internship advertisements posted on the website.  You also have an option to have the information delivered to you electronically.

One World Network
The OneWorld Network attempts to harness the potential of the internet to promote human rights and sustainable development. As part of this mission they maintain OneWorld Jobs and Volunteering, which is a job-listing page that enables users to search for postings by region or category for jobs in human rights, environment, and sustainable development worldwide.

Opportunities in Public Affairs
Opportunities in Public Affairs is an excellent source for public affairs job openings in the Washington, DC area, particularly for public relations, government affairs, legislation, and print & broadcast journalism jobs on Capitol Hill, in nonprofits, corporations, and Federal Agencies. They also claim to post unadvertised jobs. This is a subscription service. You can view the featured job openings once you are a subscriber.

The World Bank sponsored PovertyNet is a venue for employers to post job opportunities with organizations devoted to understanding and alleviating poverty.

U.S. State Department
The U.S. State Department lists vacancies in U.N. agencies for U.S. citizens as well as general information about seeking a job with the U.N.