Apply the knowledge and skills you acquire in the classroom while engaging in the field of sustainable development in real-world settings.
Following the fall term, 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 full-time for three months. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.
During this period, 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.
Organizations where recent students in the sustainable development program did their practicum include:
- Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (Sofia, Bulgaria)
- Interfaith Works (Rockville, Maryland)
- Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development (WARECOD) (Hanoi, Vietnam)
- Global Peace Foundation (Lanham, Maryland)
- Integra (Washington, DC)
- Africa Center for Strategic Studies (Washington, DC)
- Panagora Group (Kensington, Maryland)
- Peruvian Institute of Responsible Parenthood (INPPARES) (Lima, Peru)
- PYXERA Global (Washington, DC)
- Savi/Auroville International Programs (Tamil Nadu, India)
- Service for Peace (Washington, DC)
- USAID (Washington, DC)
- World Resources Institute (WRI) (Washington, DC)
- United Nations Environment Programme (Washington, DC)
* Students find positions on their own with support from SIT's Career and Practicum Services Center.