April 27, 2018
The final presentations for the International Development program’s practicum project were presented at the Washington, DC campus, featuring insights from the faculty, clients, and 24 IDEV students participating in 2018. Students, faculty and the clients that teams had been working with for the past year were all in attendance. This was the 5th practicum cohort that had completed the program which consisted of a total of 24 students.
Vice Dean Peter Lewis discussed the benefits of the practicum—now in it's fifth year—for enhancing student learning. He said the school has set a goal to introduce a practicum curriculum to all concentrations in the future. Following Lewis’s address, Professor Tanvi Nagpal reviewed recent accomplishments of International Development program's practicum and how it has evolved.
Students presented their findings on a variety of topics including social impact bonds, water and sanitation projects, mobile technology and financing, and food fortification. The presentations showcased the excellent work done by each of the teams. After the team presentations, students and clients responded to audience questions about their projects.
After all the presentations, Nagpal closed the event by inviting clients to work with the IDEV program again next semester. The event was followed by refreshments and a short networking event in the adjoining room.