MSID—International Development in Kenya

MSID—International Development in Kenya — Internships


As an MSID student, you have the choice to do either a research project or an internship for six weeks as part of the Community Engagement course. In either option, you will be placed with a local NGO related to the track you have chosen for the International Development course (Arts & Cultural Studies, Education & Literacy, Entrepreneurship & Alternative Economies, Public Health, Sustainability & the Environment, or Social Service). All academic year students engage in a research project during spring semester.

Internships involve participation in and observation of the daily activities of a local NGO and focuses on applied learning. Internship students may be involved in a variety of different types of activities and experiences depending on their placement.

Sample Internship Opportunities

Below are examples of the types of internships students have done in the past:

Arts & Cultural Studies

  • Assisting with events at a visual arts center, and providing assistance to guests as well as visiting artists and curators
  • Working with a youth organization that provides dance, theatre, and music training programs
  • Using photography and film to assist a local organization in telling authentic stories of life in a slum

Education & Literacy

  • Working as an assistant in an orphanage nursery school for HIV/AIDS infected and affected children
  • Working with the administration at a school for Maasai girls who have been rescued from early marriages to create promotional materials and to teach computer lessons to students and staff
  • Educating women about their rights through an indigenous nonprofit organization fighting for the rights and interests of the Ogiek hunter and gatherer community
  • Caring for children in a home for orphaned, destitute, and former street children and also helping with the school at the home that has very limited resources

Entrepreneurship & Alternative Economies

  • Assisting in a center that tries to alleviate poverty by training youth on sustainable use of available natural resources and helps them set up small enterprises
  • Marketing the products of a vocational training center, such as pottery and beadwork, to shops in Nairobi
  • Working for a nonprofit's micro-credit program to develop promotional materials and assess the utilization of the loans given to the community health workers in Nyanza
  • Working to produce and market products for a small flour-making factory

Public Health

Social Services

Sustainability & the Environment

Program Handbook Program Orientation Visa Information

I-UROP Scholarship

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship

Spring Deadline Extended

The application deadline for Spring 2019 has been extended until November 1st.