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Professional Development

As a top tier academic institution, Michigan State University (MSU) is committed to the professional development of all MasterCard Foundation Scholars. One of the distinguishing marks of MSU’s program is 100% placement for summer internships on the continent of Africa.

Traditionally, undergraduate Scholars undertake their internships after their sophomore year, though 2016 marked the first time that both rising freshman and juniors had the opportunity to return to Africa to explore additional internship opportunities. Graduate Scholars participate in research and internship activities during the summer between their two academic years. Between May to August 2016, 36 Scholars (12 graduate and 34 undergraduates) from The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at MSU undertook research and internships. The Scholars' internships took place at 42 sites in 16 different countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Scholars from 27 majors have joined corporations, organizations, and programs that contribute directly to solving today's key problems in areas such as global health, environment and energy, access to education, and food security.

Internships on the continent are an integral component of a Scholar’s professional development in that they help a student build a professional network before graduation, they help fine-tune and focus a student’s field of study to match market needs, and they teach soft skills necessary to stand out in a competitive labor market. Previous feedback collected from site supervisors has found that 100 percent of our internship or research sites state they would like to work with a MasterCard Foundation Scholar again in the future.

The required internship experience for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is one piece of the comprehensive career education program component, which also includes six workshops each semester tailored to each cohort's unique needs. 

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Internship Placement (2013 - 2016)

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