The International Development and Social Change program is for aspiring professionals who are seeking additional skills in program Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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)
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
Davis United World College Scholars
Global Health Corps
Partners in Health
Rotary Peace Fellowship