Fieldwork in International Development
Last Offered Winter 2020

This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This course involves an internship, volunteer work, or a research project in a developing economy and an academic analysis of the relevant development issues. The instructors will work with interested students to help arrange a placement and to help secure funding through Williams Financial Aid or other sources. Such arrangements must be made well in advance of Winter Study. Spanish speakers are especially encouraged to apply as there will likely be a few fieldwork possibilities in coffee-growing areas of Latin America. Students will read relevant background articles distributed at the end of fall term and must agree to keep a journal, maintain contact with the instructors, and write a final paper on development issues raised by their specific internship. A group meeting of all students will occur after Winter Study to reflect on individual experiences. Students are also encouraged to attend development talks at the Center for Development Economics throughout the academic year. Requirements: 90 hours of fieldwork; satisfactory evaluation from the institutional sponsor; 10-page final paper or equivalent; participation in final meeting. Interested students should send a resume and letter of interest to Paula Consolini by November 1. Each student’s internship provider should send a confirmation letter by December 1 verifying the placement and describing the nature of the work to be performed by the intern. Paula Consolini is Director of the Center for Learning in Action.
The Class: Format: internship
Limit: 8
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: 10-page paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Resume and Letter of Interest will be used to select students if over-enrolled
Materials/Lab Fee: variable--depends on project

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