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International Development Program | SIS

Candace Gibson
Program Coordinator
(202) 885-1657

IDP Skills Institutes

General Guidelines

Days/Times: 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday

Preparation: For many institutes, some advanced reading is required. This information will be posted on Blackboard.

Credits: Each institute is worth one credit hour of graduate level credit. All skills institutes are "pass/fail."

Eligible Students: All AU graduate students interested in international development are eligible. Non-degree students should contact the Graduate Advising Office at (202) 885-1690 for information on registering for skills institutes. Non-degree students will be admitted only by permission of IDP and the instructor.

Cost: Students will be charged the current tuition rate for one graduate level credit hour. Note: If this is the only course taken, a Sports Center fee of $30 will be assessed. Skills Institutes may not be audited and are not part of the alumni audit program.

Registration: Register as you would for regular courses. Students may register or drop up to two days before the Institute begins, but since space is limited, early registration is strongly recommended.  Students are registered on a first-come first-served basis. Students may drop an Institute with a 100% refund provided that your request (including course number and section and your AU ID) is emailed to no later than two days prior to the institute's start date. Please fill out the Request for Registration Action form if you would like to add or drop a skills institute after the add/drop deadline.

For further information please contact the International Development Program Office in SIS 228: 202-885-1657,


Fall 2016 IDP Skills Institutes

Click here for the IDP Fall 2016 flyer. Click here for the SIS-wide Fall 2016 master list.

SIS-638-004 Developing a Successful Career Path: Attracting Work and Delivering with Professionalism

Stephen Ladek                

September 16-18, 2016

This practical course focuses on two major skills that are essential for every professional path and in every sector: how to build a system for attracting and acquiring new work and opportunities; and how to deliver high value for current work. The course demystifies what it takes to "make it," whether as a thought leader at a think tank, helping those in need at an NGO, in the private sector, government, or creating a company. Students gain a blueprint for how to create success for themselves, their group, or their organization.


SIS-638-003 Gender Analysis & Development

Patricia Morris        

October 15-16, 2016

This course explores the concept of gender and its practical application to international development programs and policy. It covers a variety of analytical and planning tools as well as frameworks and methodologies developed and used by gender practitioners and activists worldwide. Course participants review gender concepts, gender analysis frameworks, gender analysis tools and strategies for gender mainstreaming and gender integration in international relief and development programs. This interactive skills institute focuses on applying gender analysis tools in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


SIS-638-002 Budgeting for Development

Kristi Ragan and Nicholas Brown       

October 28-30, 2016

A basic understanding of how the U.S. government's budget is managed through the allocation of foreign aid to address international development challenges such as literacy, maternal and child health, good governance, clean water, and food security, is needed to understand how international development works. At a more practical level, an understanding of how to build, manage, and report on a budget is required to work on any development project. In this course students learn the overall framework for how funding is allocated to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), how priorities are set, and how funds make their way to the USAID Mission managing resources at the country level. The course follows the program process within USAID as a guide to understanding how the budget flows down to individual projects and how NGO and for profit implementers use budgets to deliver assistance on the ground. Students learn the fundamentals of how to construct a budget and budget monitoring methodologies, as well as getting hands-on experience in basic budget forecasting and standard budget reporting.

Tinker-Walker Fellowships

50 with the School of International Service seal (world map with leaves surrounding) in the zero

Through the Irene Tinker-Millidge Walker Fellowship, students can receive financial support to offset the costs of including overseas field experience in their research, internship, or practicum.

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