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MSID International Development in Senegal


Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Degree Level



Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) is a community-based learning program sponsored by the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. It offers options in Ecuador, India, Kenya, and Senegal to students from any college or university who will be juniors, seniors, or graduate students, as well as to college graduates not currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning. The equivalent of four semesters of French language study is also required for the Senegal program.

Fall or spring semester consists of five phases:

1) pre-departure assigned readings and writing projects;
2) in-country orientation;
3) approximately two months of predominantly classroom instruction, supplemented by structured field assignments;
4) a grassroots internship of about 6 weeks (spring and fall semester) with a development agency or project in a rural or urban setting; and
5) a week back in the headquarters city for the last contact hours of the courses plus a final semester.

For academic year students, in spring semester the internship continues along with a major research project. A highly interdisciplinary program, MSID invites applications from students in all fields of study. Past internships have been in such disparate areas as public health, micro business development, environmental protection, agriculture, housing, women in development, education, literacy, community development, and many others.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and early application is encouraged. Priority deadline for fall or academic year is February 15, final deadline April 1; priority deadline for spring is June 1, final deadline October 1.

Intern Types

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Women's Studies


  • English
  • French

Subject Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Conservation & Preservation
  • Counseling
  • Culture
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Forestry
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Journalism & Broadcasting
  • Leadership
  • Medicine
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Political Science & Politics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Service Learning
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theater
  • Women's Studies

Cost in US$:

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Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.