Many MPA students have an international focus in their studies or pursue the joint MPA/MAIR degree. While the MPA degree is a one year intensive program, students do still have the opportunity to gain hands on experience working for international entities.
The MPA Workshop is a four week culminating experience, where students work on a team of three to six of their peers to complete a consulting project for a real world client. Clients range from local community organizations and municipal governments to international government agencies and non‑profit organizations. In 2017, seven of the twenty-one projects had a global focus. MPA project teams acted as consultants for the following clients and international projects.
|Chicago Council on Global Affairs||Girls in Rural Economies|
|Global FoodBanking Network||Developing a Program Model to Strengthen Hunger Relief Organizations in More than 30 Countries|
|Health In Harmony||Does Coupling Incentive-based Systems with Legally Protected Forest Areas Enhance Conservation, Economic & Human Health Outcomes within the Global South|
|U.S. Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program||A Scenario Based Human Rights and Human Dignity Course for Foreign Police|
|Ministry of Economy and Finance of Peru||National Infrastructure Plan|
|Near East Foundation||International Development NGO Organizational Performance Management|
|RAND Corporation||International Public-Private Security Partnerships|
|Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction||Afghanistan Lessons Learned Gender Study|
|U.S. Agency for International Development||Informing USAID’s Approach to Gender and Indigenous Representative Institutions|
Projects with an international focus have always been present in the MPA Workshop. Take a look at projects from 2016 and 2015.
Participants in the MPA Workshop were allowed to rank five projects from a list of twenty-eight. Projects with the least amount of student interest were dropped, then students were assigned to teams based off their project rankings. In 2017, 93% of students got to work on their first or second choice project. While not every student gets the exact project they desire, international projects are always available for MPA students wanting to take their degree global.