CIPA is a diverse program. I’ve learned so much from other students, and my network has expanded to include people whom I wouldn't have otherwise met. There are those who came straight through from undergrad and those who worked two years before coming to CIPA, and then there are those who worked 10+ years—some who had previous careers as engineers, lawyers, judges, and scientists before coming to CIPA.
I learned a lot from my professional development experiences at CIPA and acquired many skills that I was able to talk about during job interviews. For my Capstone project, I worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Salud MesoAmerica Initiative. My team developed a set of recommendations for designing a program to reduce the prevalence of adolescent pregnancy in rural Costa Rica. For my summer internship, I worked at the Enabling the Business of Agriculture branch of the World Bank where I collected data and conducted research in support of the annual Enabling the Business of Agriculture publication.