Apply the knowledge and skills you acquire in the classroom while engaging in the field of sustainable development in real-world settings.

Professional Practicum
Following the on-campus coursework phase, each student completes a professional practicum with an organization of his/her choosing.* The practicum must be related to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.

SIT Graduate Institute student in Thailand for practicum
Working at an elephant rehabilitation camp in Thailand

During this period — referred to as Reflective Practice — students remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills while working in a professional context.
Practicum placements provide in-depth, hands-on learning; enhance résumés; and expand professional contacts.
Recent practicum placements held by students in the sustainable development program include:
United States

  • Program Director, Africa Projects, NextAid (Los Angeles, California)
  • Program Coordinator, Foundation for Sustainable Development (San Francisco, California)
  • Economics Intern, United Nations Development Programme (New York, New York)
  • Food Access and Urban Agriculture Intern, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Micro Credit Projects Coordinator, American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Short-term Consultant, World Bank (Washington, DC)
  • Kiva Fellow, Kiva Microfunds (San Francisco, California)
  • Legislative Intern, Bluegreen Alliance (Washington, DC)
  • Policy Research Analyst/Intern, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (Burlington, Vermont)
  • Program Coordinator, Fair Trade Resource Network (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Economic Justice Intern, Oxfam America (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Micro Business Loan Developer, Holy Rosary Credit Union (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Program Advocate, FAIR Fund (Washington, DC)


  • Proposal Writer and Project Manager, FORMATEL (Haiti)
  • Commissioner, National Elections Commission (Liberia)
  • Program Officer, Embassy of Sweden Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Program Assistant/Intern, ProAct Network (Switzerland)
  • Project Manager, CARE International (Switzerland)
  • Research Intern, Tibetan Women's Association (India)
  • Monitoring/Evaluation Coordinator, The Environment and Rural Development Foundation (Cameroon)
  • Assistant Research Team Leader, Norwegian People's Aid (Norway)
  • Coordinator, Migrants Rights International (Switzerland)

* Students find positions on their own with support from SIT's Career and Practicum Services Center.