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IEPM Practicum Experience


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Caroline Martin, IEPM Class of 2017, spent nine weeks in Lwala, Kenya during her practicum experience. During this time, her work included conducting research – in conjunction with Lwala’s education team – to investigate the level and levers of effectiveness of e-readers in 13 public primary schools, facilitating a teacher training for class 6 teachers on effective use of e-readers in the classroom, and creating M&E tools to help the education team continue to monitor e-reader usage.

Read about Caroline's experiences here.


IEPM practicumIEPM students are required to complete a two-month practicum experience, usually taken in the summer after the first year of the program. Practicum experiences can be completed either domestically or internationally. Students are encouraged to consult with faculty to identify suitable organizations and opportunities that will develop skills to complement the academic training provided by the IEPM curriculum. Upon return to campus in the fall, students are expected present their practicum experiences at a department-wide poster session and networking event held in the Wyatt Rotunda.


Sampling of previous IEPM summer practicum site affiliations

  • Aga Khan University (Karachi, Pakistan)
  • Akilah Institute for Women (Kigali, Rwanda)
  • American Council of Education (Washington, DC)
  • Asian Development Bank (Manila, Philippines)
  • Brandon Hall School (Atlanta)
  • Chemonics (Washington, DC)
  • Cordillera Regional Science High School, Mountain Province, (the Philippines)
  • Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring (DREAM) Project, Cabarete, Dominican Republic (post graduate position)
  • Family Health International, FHI 360 (Washington, DC)
  • Hyogo Summer Institute (Hyogo, Japan)
  • Institute of International Education (Mexico City, New York City)
  • InterAmerican Development Bank (Washington, DC)
  • International Bureau of Education (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Korean Education Development Institution (Seoul, South Korea)
  • LEAD Public Schools (Nashville)
  • Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala, Kenya)
  • Ministry of Education (Swaziland)
  • Nashville Immigrant Center for Empowerment (NICE) and Lwala Community Alliance
  • New Synagogue Berlin Museum - Centrum Judaicum Foundation (Berlin, Germany)
  • Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Dominican Republic)
  • Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS), Ecuador and FLAS fellow in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
  • Peru ProWorld (Cusco, Peru)
  • Primeros Pasos (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala)
  • Project Education South Sudan (Denver, CO)
  • Sarvodaya-Fusion (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
  • Shalom Foundation (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
  • TDOE (Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction)
  • TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (Nashville)
  • UNESCO (Paris, France; Bangkok, Thailand)
  • University of Melbourne, School of Architecture (Melbourne, Australia)
  • US – China Center for Education and Culture, (Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China)
  • USAID (Washington, DC)
  • Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (Nashville)
  • Vanderbilt International Student and Scholar Services
  • Vanderbilt University, Global Education Office (Nashville)
  • Vanderbilt University, Center for Latin American Studies (Nashville)
  • VIGH and a CDC project (Guyana)
  • Western Cape Education Department (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • World Bank (various divisions: Vice President’s Office for Religion and Development; Legal Department; Europe and Central Asia Education Sector, and project sites in Jordan and Togo)
  • World Teach (Boston)
  • World Learning (Washington, DC)
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IEPM students James Moore ‘13 and Can Zhang '13 present their summer practicum experiences at the fall poster session and networking event.