After completing a full academic year, students undertake a 3-month internship at a public, private or non-governmental organization for the opportunity to gain hands-on problem-solving experience in development practice. With help from MDP Peradeniya partners and networks, and the approval of the MDP field coordinator and academic advisors, students arrange internships corresponding to their interests, training and experience at development practice agencies and organizations in Sri Lanka or overseas. In addition to maintaining a daily log, providing bi-weekly submissions and making a summary presentation, each student produces a previously agreed-upon practitioner report (deliverable) as an output of their internship.
The field training aims to expose students to the realities of development practice and give them an opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge and practical skills acquired in the programme in a real-world setting.
The main objectives of the MDP internship placement are to enable MDP students to:
Students are expected to gain competencies in at least three of the five areas identified by the Global Network: Technical Skills (T), Integrative skills or cross-sectoral understanding (I), Communication Skills (C), Project Management (P) and Social Cultural Skills (S). Students are encouraged to gain exposure to all of these areas.
On successful completion of the internship, students will be able to do several of the following:
Internship activities will vary widely across placements. However, all internships should provide students with opportunities to engage in experiential learning and professional skill-building, in line with the aforesaid objectives and intended learning outcomes.
Role of the Academic supervisor
(a) Help identify appropriate internship placement and appropriate field training activities
(b) Monitor progress, identify issues and assist student to address them, through
1.Perusal of bi-weekly submission
2. Monthly (2) meetings with supervisor are a requirement
(c) Evaluate (assess) the practitioner report
(d) Participate in the panel evaluating the summary presentation
Role of the Internship organisation (and mentor-supervisor)
(a) Facilitate the intern’s entry into the team
(b) Provide appropriate training opportunities
(c) Provide access to office staff
(d) Provide access to required information
(e) Provide advisories on safety, personnel and institutional rules for staff
(f) Provide a mentor/supervisor for the intern
Role of internship mentor-supervisor
(a) Monitor the activities of the intern and certify the authenticity of his/her daily log
(b) Provide an evaluation of the students’ background, level of preparation and abilities
Students are required to provide the following outputs