Take your business degree to the next level and learn how the economy of a foreign country evolves with an internship in International Development. Or, focus on education policies, governance, conservation, science, health, gender equality, or more with a broader internship that allows you to explore ways to improve living conditions, alleviate poverty, and stimulate economic growth.
The concept of International Development is so broad that nearly any topic you study is relevant because what it measures is how a community or country changes through time. Hopefully, that change is positive globalization and the establishment of free trade policies between developed and underdeveloped nations.
As an international development intern abroad, your goal is to help people enjoy freedom from poverty, hunger, and insecurity.
An internship in international development would build upon both the Millennium Development Goals, established by the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals, a new agenda that calls upon all countries to act in solidarity to transform our world by the year 2030.
New goals focus on climate change, economic inequality, democracy, poverty, and peacebuilding.
To accomplish these goals, international aid is needed – not just disaster relief or humanitarian aid. The difference between these types of aid is the emphasis on long-term, internal solutions – ones that help a developing country devise solutions for its own problems.
“A truly sustainable development project is one which will be able to carry on indefinitely with no further international involvement or support, whether it be financial or otherwise.”