The MIP Practicum
The MIP Problem-Solving Framework
Developed by Prof. Francis Fukuyama & Prof. Jeremy Weinstein
- New Problem-Solving Framework
- Holistic Teaching Network
- Field Work
New Problem-Solving Framework
Holistic Teaching Network
Practicum students benefit from a holistic teaching network that provides multiple layers of support. The network consists of:
- Faculty Chairs: Professors Francis Fukuyama and Jeremy Weinstein spearhead the curriculum, lead class sessions, and provide overall leadership of the practicum program.
- Practicum Manager: Kimberly Renk works closely with Professors Fukuyama and Weinstein to manage all aspects of the MIP Practicum.
- Practicum Partners: Each student team works with an outside organization on a problem that affects them. Practicum partners provide students with regular input throughout the practicum process.
- Faculty Mentors: Each student team is provided a faculty mentor who has expertise in the project topic.
- Teamwork Coaches: Teamwork specialists Dikla Carmel-Hurwitz and Leslie Chin coach student teams on effective teamwork strategies.
Field work is an indispensable part of the practicum experience. Through field work, students are able to interact with stakeholders, collect primary data, test assumptions, and otherwise gain an understanding of realities on the ground. Each practicum team is supported by the MIP Program to travel to field locations during their spring break.
The practicum takes place during the winter and spring quarters of MIP students' second year in the program (January to June). Students travel to field locations during their spring break (typically late March).
Scoping for practicum projects begins during the spring proceeding the start of the practicum cycle.
Highlighted Practicum Projects
Countering Online Hate Speech
Engaging Nigerian Militias for Civilian Protection
Abuse of Migration Investment Programs
Community Health Workers in Bangladesh
Call for Practicum Partners
For more information, please contact Kimberly Renk.