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The International Development and Social Change program is for aspiring professionals who are seeking additional skills in program Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI).

Professional Skills, Practical Knowledge

DPMI has been a really, really awesome experience. A lot of it is built around professional skills and practical knowledge, things that I lacked a lot before entering the program. Things that I'm really happy to now have and say I can do.

The most impactful part of DPMI has been collaborating and storytelling with a variety of people and getting to know their experiences and their knowledge, and how they are aiming to create a better world.

I think the biggest skill that I think I've taken away from the program is understanding the thought process of problem solving on a more deep level.

How do you move forward when there isn't complete unaminity in the idea, right?

Learning some really innovative techniques that help me figure out how to apply existing knowledge and work experience that I have to a totally new career.

I plan to apply my DPMI skills in my future career in terms of identify the problems that I may deal with my work also and facilitating the work with my coworkers.

Monterey is a wonderful town that sits on a beautiful stretch of coastline. The culture and the personality of people who live here is unlike any other city I've been to.

I would absolutely recommend DPMI to others. If you're a professional in the development field or someone who's trying to get in to the development field, you should do DPMI.


Our two-week certificate program is offered during January in both Monterey, California, and Rwanda, and in May–June in both Monterey, California, and Washington, D.C. (see below for details about each location).

You will gain the program design, evaluation, strategic partnering, and facilitation skills needed to launch a career in international development, becoming part of a global network of more than 1,000 alumni tackling the world’s most pressing problems.

  • Learn to design and monitor real-world projects.

  • Facilitate participatory community development.

  • Promote social entrepreneurship and strategic partnering.

Upcoming Programs

Monterey: May 21–June 1, 2018 (2 weeks)

Washington, DC: June 4–15, 2018 (2 weeks)

Monterey: January 7–25, 2018 (3 weeks)

Rwanda: January 2018 (2 weeks)


Current students, professionals, and career changers should apply by March 1 (priority) or April 1 for May/June programs and September 1 (priority) or October 31 for January programs. For more information, contact us at dpmi@miis.edu.


The curriculum encourages learning in a highly interactive, participatory, and student-centered community, and includes two intensive modules:

Designing and Managing Development Projects

Learn to design and assess projects that foster sustainable development. Simulations and case study exercises familiarize students with project development approaches widely used in bilateral and multinational organizations including USAID, the World Bank, and UNDP.

Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Partnering

Use the tools and techniques of network analysis, strategic partnering, and social entrepreneurship to plan innovative solutions to major development challenges.



This is where the program was launched, and here you will convene on the Institute’s international campus to begin your training, within walking distance of the wharf, beach, and historic downtown.


With a focus on health, gender, and education, you will build skills in project planning, facilitation, partnering , and social marketing for public health. Seven days of intensive classroom instruction will establish your base of knowledge and allow you to apply it to a real-world client project. You will work alongside African professionals from Partners in Health and their organizational partners.

Washington, D.C.

In the heart of Washington, close to development organizations, government offices, and famous landmarks, you will build your professional network while designing a project to solve a problem. Working in teams, you will expand your social capital skills and explore power dynamics. As an innovator and problem-solver, you will strengthen your leadership skills to collaborate for positive change.


2-week (Monterey or D.C.): $2,200 ($400 for current MIIS and Middlebury College students)

3-week (Monterey): $2,700 ($400 for current MIIS and Middlebury College students)

2-week (Rwanda): $2,900 ($1,900 for MIIS students)—includes lodging and most meals

*Unless noted, program fee does not include room and board. Partial scholarships are available based on merit and need.


Our instructors are engaged teachers with substantial professional experience in diverse international settings.

Beryl Levinger (Save the Children, CARE, AFS, World Bank)

Evan Bloom (Root Change, Pact)

Aimee Maron (Ashoka Changemakers, Pact, United Nations)

Anne Campbell (Partners in Health, Doctors without Borders, Open Society Foundation)

Matt Reeves (Pact, Aga Khan)


We partner with leading organizations that share aligning visions. Typically, partners send participants to our program annually or are hosts of a specific training module. Past partners have included the following:

  • Aga Khan Foundation

  • The American University in Cairo

  • Ashoka

  • Davis United World College Scholars

  • Global Health Corps

  • Locus

  • Partners in Health

  • Peace Corps

  • Rotary Peace Fellowship

Request Info

To learn more about the program complete this form, contact dpmi@miis.edu, or call (831) 647-6417.