Obtain valuable real-world experience with a Development Work Experience placement Obtain valuable real-world experience with a Development Work Experience placement

Undergraduate degree programmes in the School of International Development offer students the opportunity to take a Development Work Experience (DWE) placement, to supplement the knowledge and skills learnt in other modules.

Recent examples of placements include:


  • Accountability in Tanzania, East Africa. (Governance) 

  • East African Playgrounds, Uganda. (Education)

  • Mudeka Foundation, Zimbabwe. (Education)

  • Quicken Trust, Uganda. (Health)

  • Restless Development, Uganda. (Health and Gender)

  • School Club, Zambia. (Education)

  • Terre de Paix, Mauritius. (Education)

  • The Bush Camp Company, Zambia. (Conservation)

  • VSO, Nigeria. (Governance)


  • Durbar, India. (Gender, Health) x2

  • Hope Foundation, India. (Disaster Recovery)

  • Human Rights Organisation for Transparency and Peace, Cambodia. (Advocacy)

  • Nijera Kori, Bangladesh. (Gender, Advocacy)

  • Projects Abroad, Philippines (Disaster Recovery)

  • Seva Mandir, India. (Microfinance)

  • Takeo, Cambodia. (Education)

  • UNDP Intern, Cambodia. (Food Security)

  • Win Peace, Israel. (Conflict) x2

Latin America

  • Caras Alegres, Guatemala. (Education)

  • Love Life Hope, Mexico. (Education)

  • Maya Mountain Research Farm, Belize. (Agriculture)

  • Operation Wallacea, Honduras. (Conservation)

  • Tangar√© foundation, Ecuador. (Conservation)


  • CAFOD, UK. (Gender, Advocacy)

  • Vutikalulu Centre, Fiji. (Agriculture)

Student feedback

A distinctive feature of the School's undergraduate degree programmes is the opportunity to go on a work placement. Students can work for an organisation overseas or in the UK. The work placement is an integral part of the degree programme and is a credited third year module. It is one of several parts of the degree programme in which we have invested to ensure students leave with transferable and professional skills that have prepared them for graduate life. The quality of all placements is monitored. The School has a database of projects to assist students with their placement selection.

Four students share their experiences of work experience during their degree.