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The Young International Development Summer Experience

Ages 15-18 London OR Live Online

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Overview

The Young International Development Summer Experience gives students aged 15-18 a 360-degree, fully-immersive experience of working in international development in London.

 Over the course of 15 days, students aged 15-18 will have some of the most prestigious experiences of development that one can imagine: representing the UN Security Council in conflict resolution at a leading UK policy department; designing your own advocacy campaign for a world-renowned NGO; pitching a sustainable business model to a multinational company. 

Also available on the Summer Experience are immersive visits to research and economic institutes who are revolutionising international development practice and the London School of Economics.

Join us for a life-changing experience that will serve as an outstanding differentiator on your university application form and set you up for a future as a successful lawyer.

Highlights


Immersive International Development Experiences:

  • Represent the UN Security Council and resolve an urgent conflict scenario at a leading UK policy department
  • Visit a world-renowned NGO and design your own advocacy campaign on a key developmental issue
  • Enter the board room and pitch a sustainable business model to the executive team of a multinational company
  • Experience economic development through an interactive session with experts from leading economic institutions such as IMF and the World Bank
  • Explore the role of the scientist and consultant as you race against the clock to mitigate national climate damage
  • Attend a private reception with top international development experts in the heart of Westminster

Senior International Development Experts From A Variety Of Fields:

  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with international development experts from world-renowned NGOs, aid charities and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and more
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career

Personalised Career Coaching:

  • Bespoke career coaching: receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in law and a dynamic, personalised development plan to reach the height of your career ambitions
  • Securing a place at a top-tier university: work alongside admissions officers from the UK’s leading universities to map out your university and degree choices, extra-curricular activities, and work experience; and receive expert coaching on the art of personal statement writing
  • Excelling at university: take part in a private tour of the University of Oxford; attend a thought-provoking lecture; discuss your insights with likeminded individuals; and network with leading academics
  • Master the recruitment process: crack the code to the perfect CV with industry recruitment experts and hear from senior hiring managers on what they are looking for in candidate applications, interviews and assessment centres

    Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:

    • Attending the Summer Experience demonstrates that you’ve gained key skills such as attention-to-detail, public speaking and commercial awareness, which are highly-valued by top universities
    • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your UCAS/College applications.

    World-Class Universities And World-Class People:

    • Experience two of the best universities on the planet: London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London (UCL).
    • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the internship, creating an invaluable lifetime network.

    Design Your Own Internship:

    • Choose to attend the 15-Day, 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience. You can also opt to attend this Summer Experience "Live Online" choosing between the 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience.
    • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout. London accommodation is provided at University of London’s halls of residence. Evening social activities will also be provided for students booking with accommodation. 

    Fees, Eligibility and Options

    This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required; our professionals will give you all the training you need. 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 so encourage you to register as soon as possible.

    The Summer Experience will begin on 22nd July 2022. You can choose either the 15-Day, 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience.

    The Live Online Summer Experience will begin on 12th August 2022. You can choose either 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience.

    Listed on the table below is a breakdown of the pricing options and what is included. Places are highly limited. The only way to guarantee your place is to click 'Register Now' and enter your details.

    In select circumstances, we can offer payment by instalments, which requires a 50% deposit. To speak to a Student Experience Manager about your personal circumstances please click here OR email us at info@investin.org OR call us on +44 (0) 203 488 5089.

    *Locations only apply to the In-Person Summer Experience. For the Live Online Summer Experience, all sessions where locations are specified will take place virtually.

    Internship Name In-Person 5-Day Summer Experience In-Person 10-Day Summer Experience In-Person 15-Day Summer Experience 'Live Online' 5-Day Summer Experience 'Live Online' 10-Day Summer Experience
    Length Days 1-5 Days 1-10 Days 1-15 Days 1-5 Days 1-10
    Represent the UN Security Council and resolve an urgent conflict scenario at a leading UK policy department
    Visit a pioneering scientific research institute and explore an environmental issue from research to consultation
    Race against the clock to mitigate national climate damage
    Visit a world-renowned NGO and design your own advocacy campaign on a key developmental issue
    Enter the board room and pitch a sustainable business model to the executive team of a multinational company
    Private networking session in the heart of Westminster with top international development experts (virtual networking in the case of our Live Online experience)
    Coaching on mastering every aspect of the recruitment process for the best jobs in international development
    Personalised career coaching: receive a dynamic, bespoke development plan to help you reach the height of your career ambitions
    Training on securing a place at a top-tier university
    Summer Experience (without accommodation or meals)
    £1350

    £2600

    £3750

    £595

    £995
    Additional price for University of London accommodation (private single en-suite rooms) with all meals and guardianship included
    £600

    £1350

    £2100

    n/a

    n/a
    Additional price for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way)
    £100

    £100

    £100

    n/a

    n/a

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE

    DAY 2 – HUMANITARIAN DEVELOPMENT: DEVELOPMENT AID AND RELIEF WORK

    DAY 3 – HUMANITARIAN DEVELOPMENT: POLICY, PEACE BUILDING, AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

    DAY 4 –SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: SCIENCE AND CONSULTING

    DAY 5 – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: DEVELOPMENT AID AND RELIEF WORK

    DAY 6 –THE DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCHER: THINK TANKS, ACADEMIA, AND RESEARCH ORGANISATIONS

    DAY 7 –ENTER THE NGO

    DAY 8 –THE DEVELOPMENTAL ECONOMIST: IMF AND WORLD BANK

    DAY 9 –THE DEVELOPMENTAL CONSULTANT: MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND BIG BUSINESS

    DAY 10 – THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRIVATE NETWORKING

    DAY 11 – CAREERMAX WEEK

    DAY 12 – ENTER LSE

    DAY 13 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    DAY 14 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    DAY 15 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE

    2:00pmStart

    Over the course of the next five days, you will explore the key themes within the two major branches of international development: humanitarian development and sustainable development. You will engage with simulations that focus on development aid, relief work, and peace building on the humanitarian side, as well as the research and consultancy on the sustainable development side.

    AfternoonThe Summer Experience Begins

    - Your journey starts here: step into the shoes of a top international development expert
    - Keynote speech by the programme director: discover what the Summer Experience has in store and how to make the most of this unique experience
    - Immersive group activities: develop crucial development skills for the Summer Experience ahead, including working under pressure, problem-solving and communication skills
    - Interactive networking session: meet your fellow students – talented and ambitious students from around the world who can act as prove powerful contacts for your future career

    6.00pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice

    DAY 2 – HUMANITARIAN DEVELOPMENT: DEVELOPMENT AID AND RELIEF WORK

    10.00amStart

    MorningDevelopment Aid: Inequality and Poverty Reduction

    An introduction to humanitarian development: understand the key concept of a ‘humanitarian-development-peace nexus’ and acquire the skillset needed to work within the field of humanitarian development.

    - Explore the structural shifts occurring across the aid system that are changing how aid is planned and financed
    - Deliberate what constitutes a coherent humanitarian approach – balance addressing immediate needs vs addressing longer-term systematic causes of conflict and vulnerability
    - In teams tackle a long-term simulation to reduce poverty and inequality in an urban area utilising an intergovernmental situation report to support your solutions

    AfternoonA Crisis Response: Bilateral Aid and Relief Work

    - Examine participatory development and consider its two priorities of improving socioeconomic outcomes and citizen empowerment
    - Debate the pros and cons of this ubiquitous theme in development
    - A country in CRISIS! Work in teams to urgently deal with an evolving situation and develop an effective international development strategy which provides a sufficient aid and relief package
    - A bilateral aid quandary: consider ethical questions, balance priorities, and present your long-term development strategy and budget proposals to have the greatest impact on the affected community

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 3 – HUMANITARIAN DEVELOPMENT: POLICY, PEACE BUILDING, AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

    10.00amStart

    MorningVisit a Leading UK Policy Department

    Uncover the leading national and international policy institutions within humanitarian development as you tour a world-renowned institution and learn skills that will contribute toward your conflict resolution.
    - Visit a key governmental department in the heart of Westminster as you explore the inner workings of policy, and marvel at the multi-faceted wheel of negotiation
    - Engage with industry professionals as you hone your international development nous
    - Unearth the factors that drive decisions, and see first-hand the day-to-day role of diplomacy on the international stage

    AfternoonInside the UN: Resolving Conflict and Restoring Peace

    - Peace is the aim: explore tactics used to defuse tensions, build constructive relationships, and end international suffering
    - Breaking point! Represent the UN Security Council as you work to create solutions to form a collective resolution
    - The immovable negotiator: vigorously pursue a compromise in the face of inflexible factions as you aim to balance the opposing national and international priorities
    - Resolve the conflict scenario and vote on your negotiated resolution

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 4 –SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: SCIENCE AND CONSULTING

    10.00amStart

    MorningBecome the Scientist: Visit a Pioneering Research Institute

    Gain an insight into the world of sustainable development as you unpick the science behind climate change and follow the issue from research to consultation.

    - Visit a pioneering scientific research institute that is making ground-breaking strides in the science of climate change
    - Take the lead! Climate change has disrupted the ecosystem in an island community, it is your job to work in teams as you represent conflicting scientific research institutes and strive to pinpoint the key drivers of climate change in the affected area
    - Use qualitative and quantitative evidence to guide your thought process
    - Engage with environmental professionals about the importance of encouraging sustainable techniques and technology

    AfternoonBecome the Consultant: Mitigating National Climate Damage

    - Continue your research: using your findings in the morning session, work in teams to design a road map to recovery
    - Highlight the challenges the local community face and decide upon the best course of action in the face of an imminent environmental threat
    - Adapt to moving intergovernmental and governmental targets as mitigate damage by focusing on reducing emissions and increasing carbon sinks
    - Present your solution to industry experts and receive live feedback

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 5 – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: DEVELOPMENT AID AND RELIEF WORK

    10.00amStart

    MorningA National Disaster: Relief, Aid and an Adaption Strategy

    A national disaster! Resume tackling the issue of climate change as a national state of crisis is declared following a devastating natural phenomenon. Can you provide urgent relief and aid to the surrounding area?

    - An emergency council has been created: work in teams as you undertake differing roles to anticipate the negative effects of climate change and create an action plan to manage the consequences
    - React quickly and effectively to an evolving situation
    - Embark on a long-term project as you set out a step-by-step guide to a sustainable future – focus on changing techniques used in the production and delivery of goods and services in different sectors, and altering the mindset of citizens towards energy conservation
    - Present your sustainable agenda to governmental officials for adjudication

    AfternoonCareer Coaching: The Essentials

    - Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success
    - Subject choices at A-level/IB/university and more
    - Securing work experience, designing impactful CVs/resumes and powerful interview techniques
    - Coaching from experienced international development experts on what you can do now to stand out in the future

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 6 –THE DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCHER: THINK TANKS, ACADEMIA, AND RESEARCH ORGANISATIONS

    10:00amStart

    Over the course of the next five days, you will be exploring international development in a wider context as you look at the role development plays within research, advocacy, economics, and business. This is an opportunity to explore specialisms within international development at greater depth and find what inspires you.

    MorningAn Academics Perspective: Contextualising the Theory

    Enter the world of development research: analyse cutting edge arguments, learn about the importance of terminology, and take your first steps towards working at acclaimed research institutions such as Brookings, and the Centre for Global Development.

    - Examine the success and failings of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and evaluate the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as we move towards 2030
    - Understand the historical role of colonialism, and consider the evolution of societies and the role culture can play in harnessing sustainable development
    - Become the expert: assess the Eurocentric mindset that inequality is geographically disproportionate and debate what must be done to ensure poverty levels are reduced globally

    AfternoonThink Tanks: Enlightening the Research

    - Take the lead! Adopt a position at a leading think tank and research the steps that must be taken to ensure progression is made toward an SDG
    - Work in teams to ensure we are on the right pathway – adapt your approach learning from previous problems that have been encountered in past case studies
    - Speak the language: analyse quantitative and qualitative data and utilise world indexes to ensure your approach is watertight
    - Utilise innovation and creativity to design the blueprint for the next 50 years of the industry under the guidance of top development professionals, receiving live feedback on the accuracy and quality of your research

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 7 –ENTER THE NGO

    10.00amStart

    MorningVisit a Leading Development NGO

    Examine the relationship between advocacy and international development as you understand the significance of campaigning and fundraising when raising awareness of key issues, and discover opportunities at foundations and non-profit organisations such as Oxfam, Amnesty, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
    - Tour an advocacy firm and uncover the inner workings of an international development NGO
    - Hear from industry experts, and learn about the challenges of advocacy work
    - Examine the fundamental tool kit that makes a successful advocate
    - Explore the role of an NGO and identify the difference in approach when targeting governmental officials, businesses, or the general population

    AfternoonAn Aspiring Advocate: Working at a Non-Profit Organisation

    - You become the advocates! Work in teams to design you own advocacy campaign
    - Choose a key developmental issue and debate how you will fundraise and allocate your resources
    - Unleash your creativity: how will your team be successful? What methodology will be used to ensure your team is able to achieve its aims
    - Present to international development experts and receive prizes for the most thought-provoking and well-structured campaign

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 8 –THE DEVELOPMENTAL ECONOMIST: IMF AND WORLD BANK

    10.00amStart

    MorningVisit a Leading Economic Institution

    Turn your attention to the role of the international economic bodies within development, such as the World bank and IMF, as they learn about employment opportunities within the sector and the skillset required to thrive in major economic institutions.

    - Tour an economic institution and engage with leading experts within the field
    - Become the economist: dive into a simulation as you become an economist at an institution, distributing loans and providing technical, financial, and policy support
    - Can your team achieve long term economic development and poverty reduction and a more stable and prosperous global economy?
    - Gain live feedback from industry professionals and gather technical insider knowledge of the key traits needed to work in this area of expertise

    AfternoonDigital Economic Development: The Future for Economic Institutions

    - Trending! Delve into the biggest upcoming area of development and learn how nations can generate economic growth through digitalisation
    - Evaluate the importance of incorporating digital technologies to achieve growth and benefit the most vulnerable in global societies
    - An economic revolution: discuss the role of economic institutions as they seek to provide knowledge and financial support to help close the global digital divide
    - A digital renovation: work in teams as you scale up digitalisation in a nation with the intention of unlocking structural transformation and achieving national economic prosperity
    - Tackle a myriad of developmental challenges as you unpick the legal and ethical impact of technology in society

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 9 –THE DEVELOPMENTAL CONSULTANT: MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND BIG BUSINESS

    10.00amStart

    MorningThe Trials and Tribulations of Implementing Sustainability in Big Business

    Examine the role of sustainable development in the corporate world and understand why more and more businesses are incorporating sustainable techniques into their company visions.

    -The ability to work well with others is a fundamental skill within consulting – impart your wisdom as you share the knowledge you have acquired throughout the Summer Experience
    - The brief: a multi-national firm is having a severely damaging impact on the environment; strategise with your project team and help the firm work towards a greener future
    - Work in your team to theorise the best approach and hone the direction of this multifaceted project
    - Research, analyse and evaluate environmental techniques and solutions

    AfternoonBecome the Consultant: A Greener Future

    Now you have planned your project and conducted your initial research it is time to get to work.

    - Separate the signal form the noise: explore the complexities of a sustainable business model and discover the issues surrounding greenwashing
    - Pitch to the C-Suite: enter the board room and convince the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the more sustainable and greener direction you would like to take their company
    - Receive live feedback form environmental consulting experts on your strategy and vision

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 10 – THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRIVATE NETWORKING

    10.00amStart

    MorningTracking the Progress of International Development Efforts

    Connect with industry professionals and evaluate the progress of the development industry, discussing key emerging projects within the industry.

    - Debate upcoming ideas and form an opinion on the direction the industry should be heading
    - Reflect on the advancement of technology and examine the role drones can play in global development
    - Look forward: facilitate an action plan to pursuing a career path in development

    AfternoonPrivate Networking Event

    - Take part in a private networking session in the heart of Westminster with international development experts from NGOs, aid charities and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
    - Put your newfound knowledge to the test
    - Have your burning questions answered by those in the know
    - Receive valuable advice from experts in the field

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 11 – CAREERMAX WEEK

    10:30amStart

    Over the next five days, you will receive personalised coaching on how to succeed in each of the major milestones on the road to landing your dream job: i) securing a place at a top-tier university ii) excelling in your studies iii) mastering every aspect of the recruitment process and procuring a top job in international development post-university. In addition, you will receive inspirational coaching on key employability skills from high-profile figures including politicians and Olympic athletes.

    MorningEnter CareerMax

    Your future starts now: discover the essential skills needed to thrive in international development such as working under pressure, problem-solving, and communication skills.

    - Personal development plan: work with a careers expert in small focus groups to plan the next steps in your journey
    - ‘Big results require big ambitions’: hear from a world-class Olympic athlete on the importance of being a self-starting, ambitious individual in today’s increasingly competitive climate
    - ‘The art of communication is the language of leadership’: hear from a high-ranking politician on how best to improve your communication skills and captivate a large audience

    AfternoonUniversity Applications

    You’re in your final year of school and it is time to start thinking about what comes next.

    - Inside UCAS: an interactive session with a university admissions expert, with guidance on how to ace your applications and bag your first-choice university
    - University and degree choices: making the right decisions to maximise your career potential
    - Eye-catching extracurriculars: using extracurricular activities to boost your application
    - Personal statement workshop: expert coaching on the art of personal statement writing
    - Interview training: a masterclass with senior admissions tutors from top UK universities
    - You become the admissions officer: step into the shoes of a university admissions tutor; review a collection of personal statements and interview prospective students for a place at a world-renowned university

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 12 – ENTER LSE

    10.30amStart

    MorningWelcome to University!

    Congratulations! You have been accepted into your first-choice university – it’s time to start preparing.

    - University tour: private tour of the London School of Economic campus led by students, who will guide you through the abundant opportunities available to you there
    - Academic lecture: meet academics from the Department of Global Development and experience a university-style lecture
    - Meet the university team: attend an exclusive networking lunch with students and academics

    AfternoonStep into the Shoes of a Student

    - The academic seminar: discuss the contents of the morning lecture in a seminar group led by an academic, reflect on the topics raised with likeminded individuals and begin to generate your initial hypotheses
    - The research project: work effectively as part of a team to research and plan for a knock-out group presentation
    - The group presentation: present your team’s finding to your peers and academics
    - The feedback: receive feedback on your presentation and reflect on your team’s performance

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 13 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    10.30amStart

    MorningGraduate Applications

    You’re in your final year of study and it is time to start thinking about life after university.

    - Standout work experience: learn the importance of securing relevant work experience and the impetus it can add to your graduate job applications
    - Killer CVs: crack the code to the perfect CV with industry recruitment experts and hear from hiring managers from the development industry on what they are looking for in candidate resumes
    - You become the hiring manager: step into the shoes of a senior hiring manager working at a development agency as you screen a set of graduate CVs and select which candidates you would like to interview

    AfternoonGraduate Interviews

    The graduate recruiter was impressed by your knockout CV and you have now been invited to interview for the role.

    -Interview workshop: receive bespoke public speaking training on how best to articulate yourself during high-pressure, professional situations such as interviews and presentations
    - You become the graduate interviewer: interview candidates for a graduate role alongside senior recruitment managers and put them through their paces with a series of challenging scenario-based questions
    - Reflection: return to your focus groups and review the goals you set for InvestIN’s CareerMax week. What have you achieved so far? What would you like to work on over the final two days? What questions do you need answering?

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 14 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    10.30amStart

    MorningEnter the Assessment Centre

    Congratulations! You have nailed the initial interview for a graduate role at a development agency and are among the top-ranked candidates invited to the final stage assessment centre.
    - Graduate assessments: discover the different types of activities you will be faced with during an assessment centre and the core competencies that recruiters are looking for
    - Psychometric tests: experience a series of psychometric tests that will gauge your suitability for your dream role and receive feedback on your performance
    - In tray exercise: tackle a series of challenging in tray exercises and impress your prospective employer with your calm and organised approach to work

    AfternoonThe Group Exercise

    - The task: receive an exciting group exercise brief, meet your team and establish members’ individual strengths and areas of expertise
    - Group discussion: master the art of managing discussions during group assessment centre activities as you collaborate with your team and evaluate one another’s contributions
    - Key skills: manage your time effectively and wow the assessors with your outstanding approach to teamwork and leadership
    - The assessment interview: keep a cool head as you tackle a series of challenging group interview questions and impress your prospective employer with your responses

    5.00pmClose

    DAY 15 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    10.30amStart

    MorningPersonal Development Plan

    - Personalised feedback: receive a bespoke summary of your performance during the day 14 assessment centre, including your strengths and areas for development
    - Group reflection: return to your focus groups and reflect on what you have achieved throughout InvestIN’s CareerMax week
    - Personal development plan: work with a recruitment expert to establish your next steps and create your very own personal development plan
    - Farewell speech: a review of what you have gained from the Summer Experience, with closing remarks from the programme director

    1.00pmClose

    DAY 1 – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    DAY 2 – DEVELOPMENT AID AND RELIEF WORK

    DAY 3 - HUMANITARIAN DEVELOPMENT

    DAY 4 – POLICY, PEACE BUILDING, AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

    DAY 5 – THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRIVATE NETWORKING

    DAY 6 –CAREERMAX

    DAY 8 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    DAY 9 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    DAY 10 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    DAY 1 – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    11:00amStart

    Over the course of the next five days, you will explore the key themes within the two major branches of international development: humanitarian development and sustainable development. You will engage with simulations that focus on development aid, relief work, and peace building on the humanitarian side, as well as the research and consultancy on the sustainable development side.

    MorningThe Summer Experience Begins

    - Your journey starts here: step into the shoes of a top international development expert
    - Keynote speech by the programme director: discover what the Summer Experience has in store and how to make the most of this unique experience
    - Immersive group activities: develop crucial development skills for the Summer Experience ahead, including working under pressure, problem-solving and communication skills
    - Interactive networking session: meet your fellow students – talented and ambitious students from around the world who can act as prove powerful contacts for your future career

    AfternoonBecome the Researcher

    Gain an insight into the world of sustainable development as you unpick the science behind climate change and follow the issue from research to consultation.

    - Explore pioneering scientific research institutes that are making ground-breaking strides in the science of climate change
    - Take the lead! Climate change has disrupted the ecosystem in an island community, it is your job to work in teams as you represent conflicting scientific research institutes and strive to pinpoint the key drivers of climate change in the affected area
    - Use qualitative and quantitative evidence to guide your thought process
    - Engage with environmental professionals about the importance of encouraging sustainable techniques and technology

    4.30pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice

    DAY 2 – DEVELOPMENT AID AND RELIEF WORK

    11:00amStart

    MorningBecome the Consultant: Mitigating National Climate Damage

    A national disaster! Resume tackling the issue of climate change as a national state of crisis is declared following a devastating natural phenomenon. Can you provide urgent relief and aid to the surrounding area?

    - Continue your research: using your findings in the morning session, work in teams to design a road map to recovery
    - Highlight the challenges the local community face and decide upon the best course of action in the face of an imminent environmental threat
    - Adapt to moving intergovernmental and governmental targets as mitigate damage by focusing on reducing emissions and increasing carbon sinks
    - Present your solution to industry experts and receive live feedback

    AfternoonA National Disaster: Relief, Aid and an Adaption Strategy

    - An emergency council has been created: work in teams as you undertake differing roles to anticipate the negative effects of climate change and create an action plan to manage the consequences
    - React quickly and effectively to an evolving situation
    - Embark on a long-term project as you set out a step-by-step guide to a sustainable future – focus on changing techniques used in the production and delivery of goods and services in different sectors, and altering the mindset of citizens towards energy conservation
    - Present your sustainable agenda to governmental officials for adjudication

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 3 - HUMANITARIAN DEVELOPMENT

    11:00amStart

    MorningDevelopment Aid: Inequality and Poverty Reduction

    An introduction to humanitarian development: understand the key concept of a ‘humanitarian-development-peace nexus’ and acquire the skillset needed to work within the field of humanitarian development.

    - Explore the structural shifts occurring across the aid system that are changing how aid is planned and financed
    - Deliberate what constitutes a coherent humanitarian approach – balance addressing immediate needs vs addressing longer-term systematic causes of conflict and vulnerability
    - In teams tackle a long-term simulation to reduce poverty and inequality in an urban area utilising an intergovernmental situation report to support your solutions

    AfternoonA Crisis Response: Bilateral Aid and Relief Work

    - Examine participatory development and consider its two priorities of improving socioeconomic outcomes and citizen empowerment
    - Debate the pros and cons of this ubiquitous theme in development
    - A country in CRISIS! Work in teams to urgently deal with an evolving situation and develop an effective international development strategy which provides a sufficient aid and relief package
    - A bilateral aid quandary: consider ethical questions, balance priorities, and present your long-term development strategy and budget proposals to have the greatest impact on the affected community

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 4 – POLICY, PEACE BUILDING, AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

    11:00amStart

    MorningInside the UK Policy Department

    Uncover the leading national and international policy institutions within humanitarian development as you learn skills that will contribute toward your conflict resolution.
    - Explore the inner workings of policy, and marvel at the multi-faceted wheel of negotiation within governmental departments
    - Engage with industry professionals as you hone your international development nous
    - Unearth the factors that drive decisions, and see first-hand the day-to-day role of diplomacy on the international stage

    AfternoonInside the UN: Resolving Conflict and Restoring Peace

    - Peace is the aim: explore tactics used to defuse tensions, build constructive relationships, and end international suffering
    - Breaking point! Represent the UN Security Council as you work to create solutions to form a collective resolution
    - The immovable negotiator: vigorously pursue a compromise in the face of inflexible factions as you aim to balance the opposing national and international priorities
    - Resolve the conflict scenario and vote on your negotiated resolution

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 5 – THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRIVATE NETWORKING

    11:00amStart

    MorningTracking the Progress of International Development Efforts

    Connect with industry professionals and evaluate the progress of the development industry, discussing key emerging projects within the industry.

    - Debate upcoming ideas and form an opinion on the direction the industry should be heading
    -Reflect on the advancement of technology and examine the role drones can play in global development
    - Look forward: facilitate an action plan to pursuing a career path in development

    AfternoonCareer Coaching and Private Networking Event

    - Take part in a private networking session with international development experts from NGOs, aid charities and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
    - Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success
    - Coaching from experienced international development experts on what you can do now to stand out in the future
    - Have your burning questions answered and receive valuable advice from experts in the field

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 6 –CAREERMAX

    11:00amStart

    Over the next five days, you will receive personalised coaching on how to succeed in each of the major milestones on the road to landing your dream job: i) securing a place at a top-tier university ii) excelling in your studies iii) mastering every aspect of the recruitment process and procuring a top job in international development post-university. In addition, you will receive inspirational coaching on key employability skills from high-profile figures including politicians and Olympic athletes.

    MorningEnter CareerMax

    Your future starts now: discover the essential skills needed to thrive in international development such as working under pressure, problem-solving, and communication skills.

    - Personal development plan: work with a careers expert in small focus groups to plan the next steps in your journey
    - ‘Big results require big ambitions’: hear from a world-class Olympic athlete on the importance of being a self-starting, ambitious individual in today’s increasingly competitive climate
    - ‘The art of communication is the language of leadership’: hear from a high-ranking politician on how best to improve your communication skills and captivate a large audience

    AfternoonUniversity Applications

    You’re in your final year of school and it is time to start thinking about what comes next.

    - Inside UCAS: an interactive session with a university admissions expert, with guidance on how to ace your applications and bag your first-choice university
    - University and degree choices: making the right decisions to maximise your career potential
    - Eye-catching extracurriculars: using extracurricular activities to boost your application
    - Personal statement workshop: expert coaching on the art of personal statement writing
    - Interview training: a masterclass with senior admissions tutors from top UK universities
    - You become the admissions officer: step into the shoes of a university admissions tutor; review a collection of personal statements and interview prospective students for a place at a world-renowned university

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 8 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    11.00amStart

    MorningGraduate Applications

    You’re in your final year of study and it is time to start thinking about life after university.

    - Standout work experience: learn the importance of securing relevant work experience and the impetus it can add to your graduate job applications
    - Killer CVs: crack the code to the perfect CV with industry recruitment experts and hear from hiring managers from the development industry on what they are looking for in candidate resumes
    - You become the hiring manager: step into the shoes of a senior hiring manager working at a development agency as you screen a set of graduate CVs and select which candidates you would like to interview

    AfternoonGraduate Interviews

    The graduate recruiter was impressed by your knockout CV and you have now been invited to interview for the role.

    - Interview workshop: receive bespoke public speaking training on how best to articulate yourself during high-pressure, professional situations such as interviews and presentations
    - You become the graduate interviewer: interview candidates for a graduate role alongside senior recruitment managers and put them through their paces with a series of challenging scenario-based questions
    - Reflection: return to your focus groups and review the goals you set for InvestIN’s CareerMax week. What have you achieved so far? What would you like to work on over the final two days? What questions do you need answering?

    4.30pmClose

    DAY 9 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    11.00amStart

    MorningEnter the Assessment Centre

    Congratulations! You have nailed the initial interview for a graduate role at a development agency and are among the top-ranked candidates invited to the final stage assessment centre.

    - Graduate assessments: discover the different types of activities you will be faced with during an assessment centre and the core competencies that recruiters are looking for
    - Psychometric tests: experience a series of psychometric tests that will gauge your suitability for your dream role and receive feedback on your performance
    - In tray exercise: tackle a series of challenging in tray exercises and impress your prospective employer with your calm and organised approach to work

    AfternoonThe Group Exercise

    - The task: receive an exciting group exercise brief, meet your team and establish members’ individual strengths and areas of expertise
    - Group discussion: master the art of managing discussions during group assessment centre activities as you collaborate with your team and evaluate one another’s contributions
    - Key skills: manage your time effectively and wow the assessors with your outstanding approach to teamwork and leadership

    4.30pmClose

    DAY 10 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    MorningPersonal Development Plan


    - Personalised feedback: receive a bespoke summary of your performance during the day 9 assessment centre, including your strengths and areas for development
    - Group reflection: return to your focus groups and reflect on what you have achieved throughout InvestIN’s CareerMax week
    - Personal development plan: work with a recruitment expert to establish your next steps and create your very own personal development plan

    AfternoonProject Launchpad

    - Take off into your future: choose between five bespoke challenges designed to develop core skills in international development, building on your time with InvestIN and taking crucial steps on your path to becoming a top international development expert
    - The project launchpad competition: take on your peers in order to win an exclusive prize, attend an awards ceremony in central London and embellish your CV with a standout extra-curricular experience
    - Farewell speech: a review of what you have gained from the Summer Experience, with closing remarks from the programme director

    4:30pmClose

    Venues, Dates & Locations

    London, UK

    In-Person

    22nd July – 5th August 2022

    UCL, University of Oxford, and other locations

    Accommodation Location

    Garden Halls (University of London)
    London, WC1H 9EN

    OR 

    College Hall (University of London)
    London, WC1E 7HZ

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    In-Person

    12th August - 21st August 2022

    11am - 4:00pm (UK time)

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    In-Person

    22nd July – 5th August 2022

    UCL, University of Oxford, and other locations

    Accommodation Location

    Garden Halls (University of London)
    London, WC1H 9EN

    OR 

    College Hall (University of London)
    London, WC1E 7HZ

    Download Digital Brochure - Garden Halls >>

    Download Digital Brochure - College Hall >>

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    Online

    12th August - 21st August 2022

    11am - 4:00pm (UK time)

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    AmbitionX

    As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.

    COVID-19 Group

    We do not anticipate any Covid-related issues preventing us from delivering the in-person programme. Any government guidance on Covid-related safeguarding (such as the wearing of masks and social distancing) will of course be adhered to. We have managed to successfully deliver in-person programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic (including during the summers of 2020 and 2021), with excellent feedback. We are therefore highly experienced in giving students a fantastic experience even with social distancing rules in place.

    In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is 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’ version of the programme you selected and be refunded the difference in price. (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). 

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