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

Immersive Learning: DPMI in Rwanda

My name’s Chris Nemarich, and this January I just completed a immersive learning program doing DPMI in Rwanda. It was really surprising where you hear about Rwanda as this amazing development success story. Reading about it and then seeing it is a completely different experience. Being able to see how much development has taken place and where the country is at now. Just reading about it in a book just doesn’t capture.

We started the program in Kigali, the capital, and had a few days to orient ourselves. We then went out to Rwinkwavu, which is a smaller town in the eastern provinces, and we would have a mix of classroom experiences. We did some field visits and then went through this process of really iteratively learning a concept, learning some new material, and then turning around and applying that to the client projects.

And so being able to be in a classroom, and be in a setting, and be in a group where it’s not just the Middlebury students that you’re interacting with but people from all different countries around the world, all different backgrounds, at different places in their career. And bringing that knowledge, and that experience, and that richness and depth into the classroom. That interaction really adds something to the classroom dynamic that you don’t normally just get in the course of the semester.

For me, as a development practitioner, one of the most important things is taking into account where you are, who you’re working with, and what those local needs and that local capacity is. And so, really to have a program that’s geared towards that has reinforced and reminded me of why I chose this path.

It’s definitely something that has made me excited to come back and really throw myself back into my course work. And it’s an experience that I think I’ll draw on, and already have drawn on.


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 Program

Sitka, Alaska (Virtual): July 27-August 19, 2020

-July 27-August 7, 2020

  • Pre-program preparation estimated 15 hours in total (mostly asynchronous)

-August 5 - August 14, 2020

  • 3-day training August 10-12 followed by client project; estimated 35 hours (weekdays only)
  • Participants should be available between 10-5pm PT (9-4pm in Sitka)
  • Open to MIIS students; Apply by June 12


Current students, professionals, and career changers should apply by the above deadlines. 

There is no fee to apply. A deposit is due two weeks after admission to confirm your place in the program. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the program start date. For more information, contact us at or 831-647-6417. 


The curriculum encourages learning in a highly interactive, participatory, and participant-centered community through two-three 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.

Facilitating Participatory Development 

Learn the roles of facilitator, trainer, and change agent to transfer skills to communities so they can conduct their own training programs.

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.



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. The course is offered Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. except on Wednesdays when the training takes place 1–7 p.m. The third and final week of the training includes an optional two-day appreciative inquiry activity with local Monterey nonprofits. 


With a focus on local systems approaches, you will build skills in project planning, facilitation, partnering, and social marketing for international development projects. 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 well-known NGOs and their organizational partners. The training takes place all day from roughly 9–5 p.m. with group activities scheduled on the weekends. Learn more about DPMI in Kenya.

Sitka, Alaska

This course is offered as a partnership between MIIS and Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA), a federally recognized tribal government serving 4,400 Tribal Citizens in Alaska through its mission to “exercise its sovereign rights and powers, to preserve the integrity of Tribal society, and improve the lives of individual Tribal Citizens.” Participants will work with Sitka Tribe of Alaska staff to develop original monitoring and evaluation designs that allow them to apply critical course concepts to a real-life project, and to support the strengthening and indigenization of STA’s monitoring, evaluation, and reporting capacity.


2 weeks (Kenya, April-May 2020): $1,900; includes double-occupancy lodging and 2 meals per day

2 weeks (Sitka, Alaska, August 2020): $850; includes dorm lodging, sites visits, and 1 meal per day. Open to MIIS and Middlebury College students and alumni.  

*Unless noted, program fee does not include room and board. 


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)

Matt Reeves (Pact, Aga Khan)

Munir Ahmad (Aga Khan)

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Staff


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

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