The International Development and Social Change program is for aspiring professionals who are seeking additional skills in program Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI).
Our two-week certificate program is offered during January in Monterey, California and in May–June in both Monterey, California, and Washington, D.C. (see below for details about each location). We also offer a program in Kenya in the spring.
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.
Monterey: January 7–25, 2019 (3 weeks)
Kenya: May 6-16, 2019 (2 weeks)
Monterey: May 20–31, 2019 (2 weeks)
DC: June 2-7, 2019 (1 week)
Current students, professionals, and career changers should apply by November 16 (deadline extension) for our January Monterey program or by March 1 (priority) or April 1 (final) for May/June programs in DC and Monterey. Applications to our Kenya program are due March 15.
There is no fee to apply. A deposit is due two weeks after admission to confirm your place in the program. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (3-week program only)
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. Course is offered Monday-Friday from 9am-5:30pm except on Wednesdays when the training takes place 1-7pm.
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. Course is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-5:30pm and on Tuesday and Thursday from 1-7pm. There are no meetings on the weekend.
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 9-5pm with group activities scheduled on the weekends. Learn more.
2-week (Monterey): $2,500 ($400 for current MIIS and Middlebury College students)
1-week (DC): $2,000
3-week (Monterey): $2,900 ($500 for current MIIS and Middlebury College students)
2-week (Kenya): $3,500 ($2,300 MIIS and Middlebury College students/alumni)—includes double-occupancy lodging and 2 meals per day
*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
Davis United World College Scholars
Global Health Corps
Partners in Health
Rotary Peace Fellowship