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25 Years

Field Experiences

MDP Students are required to complete a 10-week (400 hours) international field experience, which will include professional work and academic cross-cultural training. Students will complete the field experience during the semester between the first and second year of the program.  **Students are responsible for the additional cost of the field experience and should plan accordingly.  The typical field experience will cost $4,500-5,000.  For more information click here. 

Timeline (approximate dates):

  • September -- Solicitation and development of field experience projects by MDP faculty and students
  • November -- Projects presented to students and team selection process occurs
  • December -- Initial team contact with clients
  • January -- Proposal (TOR) development; Submit funding proposals to various funders (ongoing)
  • Spring -- Formative interactions with client Registration with Learning Abroad Center; IRB Process; ITRAAC
  • May - July -- Students in the field - typically late May through end of July

Past field experiences have taken place in Americas and Caribbean: Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Fond du Lac Tribal Community, New Orleans; Africa: Senegal, Ghana, Kenya; Southeast Asia:  Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines; South Asia: Nepal, India.