Internships

Summer internships are a critical building block in Fletcher’s professional development process that leads to full-time employment after graduation. Recent summers have found MIB students in professional internships across the globe, building on their first-year foundation courses.  Students secure internships in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and in a diverse array of industries including investment banking, private equity in emerging markets, political risk consulting, high tech, environmental sustainability, economic development, and microfinance.  About one-third of the internships typically take place in the emerging markets, including Brazil, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Thailand, and Turkey. Click on a sector below to read more about student internship experiences.

Non-profits and Development

Chemonics - Washington, DC, USA

“I spent my summer internship at Chemonics International Inc. (CII), which is a private sector development consulting firm whose primary client is USAID. I worked in the New Business Development section of the department responsible for the Africa Region and Post-Conflict Reconstruction projects. My tasks included preparing a corporate capabilities assessment and past-performance evaluation of CII's and its partners' former projects. These projects encompassed Public-Private Partnerships in post-conflict Sub-Saharan Africa; tracking and researching donor-funded post-conflict reconstruction projects engaging both the public and private sectors; analyzing and forecasting policy trends; and recruiting a project manager for a proposal in East Africa.

During my internship, I also participated in Do No Harm training. This experience provided me with great insight into how development consulting firms and USAID work as well as the latest development policy trends. I also learned how to effectively multitask in a hectic environment, working on several projects at the same time. My co-workers were fun, bringing a variety of development experience to the table, and I value the opportunity to have worked with them.”

Microvest Capital Management - Washington, DC, USA

“In my internship at Microvest, I performed financial modeling for debt investment in a micro finance institution (MFI) in Kazakhstan and for an equity investment in India This involved researching political, economic, and regulatory landscapes to asses potential investment opportunities.

The quantitative work I performed at my job helped me further apply and solidify fundamental credit and equity analysis techniques that I learned from my finance courses in an emerging markets context. Researching the political and economic landscape of several emerging markets/developing countries helped me understand several political and macroeconomic risk factors that need to be taken account from a principal investing viewpoint. The holistic perspective of an investment that I gained is something I believe will be very useful for my future career as well as academic efforts.”

Mobil Metrix - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mobile Metrix (MMX) is a market research social venture, based out of Palo Alto California that focuses on solving the information gap for base of the pyramid populations. MMX intends to become the prime source for base of the pyramid (BoP) information for governments, NGOs, multilateral organizations and selected corporations, with the ultimate purpose to make the "invisible" visible and lead to a more accurate formulation of policy, aid and commercial inclusion.

My internship was based in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, where the company has operations. Principal responsibilities related to the elaboration of a demand assessment for commercially sustainable projects with specific industries in Brazil and the formulation of strategies for scalability into other markets of the BoP. The experience was excellent, I was given room to explore and create, and the results of my activities are now one of the pillars for the company's formulation of commercial strategy. In addition I had the opportunity to build long lasting relations with key players in the Brazilian market with the added bonus of spending my summer in beautiful Rio de Janeiro.”

Other NGO and Development Internships
  • ACCION Investments - Boston, MA and Lima, Peru
  • Ashoka – Arlington, VA
  • Catholic Relief Services – Niamey, Niger
  • Clinton Global Initiative - Beijing, China
  • Eurasia Foundation - Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • FINCA - Washington, DC