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The Young International Development Expert Programme

Live Online OR In-Person Ages 15-18 Timezone: GMT+0

Live Online
11th - 12th December 2021

Starts at 11.00am

Starts at 11.00am

In Person Date Only
11th - 12th December 2021

Starts at 11:00am

Starts at 11:00am

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Internship Overview

The Young International Development Expert Programme takes students aged 15-18 on an immersive exploration through the development world, from humanitarian relief work to sustainable development initiatives. The programme brings experts from NGOs, aid charities and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) to coach you through a series of interactive simulations, seminars, case studies and Q&A sessions over 2 days. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person in London or ‘Live Online’.


Attendance will give you a competitive edge in the race for the best universities and jobs in international development and a ‘super-curricular’ experience to add to your CV and UCAS application. 

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Internship Highlights

An Immersive experience of a Career in International Development:

  • International Development Experts will coach you through a series of live, interactive simulations

  • Design and execute a humanitarian relief project in a simulation of an unfolding crisis
  • Carry out a post-disaster evaluation and pitch your long-term strategy for sustainable development
  • Represent a multilateral organisation at the next Climate Change Summit 2021 and advocate for a new set of climate commitments

    Career Coaching for Students Aspiring to Work in International Development and the Environmental Sector:

    • Receive invaluable advice on what it means to work in the development sector and how to break into the industry

    • Guidance by experts on university choices, internship opportunities and what you can be doing right now to boost your employability and gain valuable experience

    An Audience with Experienced Professionals in the World of Humanitarian and Environmental Aid:

    • Q&A time with a panel of international development experts to answer all your burning questions

    • Engage with experienced individuals who have worked in crisis situations as well as advised governments on international policies
    • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time

    Boost Your UCAS Form and CV:

    • Attendance demonstrates key skills such as working under pressure, problem-solving and communication skills

    • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications

        Programme Fee, Format & Options

        You can choose to attend the programme either in-person in London or ‘Live Online’; the content is the same for both. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions.

        Programme Fee:

        'Live Online’: £165/student for both days.

        In-Person in London: £295/student for both days 

        Places are limited. If 2 or more places are booked students receive a 10% discount. Enter code GROUP10 at checkout to benefit from this.


          Day One: Human Development

          Day Two: Environmental development

          Day One: Human Development

          11.00amThe World of Human Development

          - Enlarging people’s freedoms, opportunities and well-being
          - Life ‘on the ground’
          - The key players, challenges, pressure and expectations

          11.30amDesigning a Humanitarian Relief Project

          - Understand what makes a good and bad intervention
          - Encounter the four key components of development projects: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence and Neutrality
          - Learn the difference between ‘parachuting in’ vs. sustainable development

          12.00pmCrisis Response

          - Respond to a ‘live’ unfolding humanitarian crisis
          - Understand the processes and pitfalls involved in dealing with disasters
          - Take on a variety of roles to overcome the challenges thrown at you throughout the crisis

          1.30pmLunch break

          2.15pmThe Impact of Intervention

          - Impact evaluation and future intervention direction
          - Analyse the morning’s humanitarian intervention, re-evaluate your methods and identify unintended effects

          3.15pmLong-Term Strategy

          - Short-term humanitarian aid vs long-term solutions
          - Consider responsibility and sensitivity to the local context
          - Develop a long-term strategy and pitch it to the board of directors

          4.15pmCareer Coaching: Breaking Into Human Development

          - Coaching on breaking into Human Development
          - A-Level, degree and university choices
          - How to stand out: skillsets, work experience and extra-curricular activities

          4.45pmPanel Discussion

          - Live panel Q&A with Human Development Experts
          - Receive valuable advice
          - Hear their real-life experiences
          - Inspirational stories


          *exact programme subject to change without notice.

          Day Two: Environmental development

          11.00amThe World of Environmental Development

          - Dedicating your life to addressing some of the most pressing issues of our times
          - Science vs politics
          - The key players, challenges, pressure and expectations

          11.30amThe Researcher

          - Environmental scientists shaping responses to climate change
          - Act as a Researcher in a case of deforestation in South America
          - Analyse a collection of data to assess the damage in the area
          - Interpret the data given from different sources and create an action plan for the future

          12.30pmThe Environmental Policymaker

          - Environmental development and the government’s role
          - The importance of the SDGs and international cooperation

          1.30pmLunch Break

          2.15pmThe Environmental Advocate

          - Learn how to have an impact outside government – through civil society, grassroots movements, business, and more
          - Find out what makes an effective campaign
          - Understand the motivations behind corporations ‘Going Green’

          3.00pmThe Climate Change Summit – COP26

          - Learn how to turn science into persuasive arguments
          - Influence government to adopt climate commitments
          - Make your case for the policies you’ve developed to a range of stakeholders

          4.15pmCareer Coaching: Breaking Into Environmental Development

          - Coaching on breaking into Environmental Development
          - A-Level, degree and university choices
          - How to stand out: skillsets, work experience and extra-curricular activities

          4.45pmPanel Discussion

          - Live panel Q&A with Environmental Development Experts
          - Receive valuable advice
          - Hear their real-life experiences
          - Inspirational stories


          *exact programme subject to change without notice.

          Venue & Dates

          Live Online or In-Person

          Live Online or In-person in London: 11th - 12th December 2021

          Who Can Attend

          This programme is for students aged 15-18 who have the passion and ambition to both learn about this career, and start boosting their UCAS/college applications & CVs. If you are a student who is slightly older or younger than our guidelines, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific situation.

          There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited; we are usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. No prior knowledge or experience is required to join this programme as we build your knowledge up from basic concepts.


          The in-person programme will be run with strict Covid-19 prevention measures in place which have been modelled on the government’s guidelines for prevention in educational settings. You can view our measures here. In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is completely cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will have two options: i) move to the next in-person date; ii) move to the ‘Live Online’ programme and be refunded the difference in price.


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