IDS Program

The Organization of International Development is the student group representing the MA in International Development Studies (IDS) program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. The IDS program is a multidisciplinary program that is designed to provide students with a broad understanding and application of current development issues and theories as well as the process involved in formulating policy and implementing development projects. Students also focus a portion of their coursework on a specific aspect of international development that they wish to pursue in their careers.

Learn more about IDS academics and admission requirements at the IDS homepage.

The IDS program culminates in a Capstone project, where student groups seek out a real-world consulting experience with a development organization. Students have been conducting Capstone projects for close to a decade, during which time they have successfully helped to implement development projects for dozens of leading development organizations. In such projects, student groups partner with an international organization, agency, or firm to complete an assessment, situation analysis, policy recommendation, or other project as dictated by the client’s needs. Although the majority of the work is conducted in the United States, groups typically spend between two and four weeks in the field.

  • Reports from past Capstone groups are available on the IDS website
  • For more information on past Capstone experiences check out the class of 2012’s blog, IDS Beyond the Classroom.