CIDCM's Minor in International Development and Conflict Management offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work with Center faculty to develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary to work in the field of development. In addition, CIDCM offers opportunities to students interested using their administrative and research skills in support of Center tasks and initiatives.
"I worked on a research project at CIDCM that analyzed articles and studies by industry groups, academic sources, and non-governmental organizations on the growth and use of mobile and web applications in the developing world, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. I performed this research under the direction of CIDCM Assistant Director Kelly Wong. I managed spreadsheets and data files and provided him with regular briefings on the state of the research and the accumulated data. This research was incredibly interesting, putting me into contact with materials that measured the real-time growth of a resource that is taken for granted in much of the West but sincerely life-changing in the developing world. It also helped to inform my longtime personal research interest in West Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, a scholarship largely based on security studies but now augmented by this new understanding of rising technology in the region."
--Kyle Mansfield, Summer 2014
"During the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters, I had the pleasure of working under the direction of Kelly Wong, CIDCM Assistant Director. My assignments aided in the development of an online resource center that advocated broadband implementation in development programs. This project introduced me to the fascinating opportunities made possible by successful broadband deployment, i.e., increased productivity and global economic growth. I learned a great deal about the basic need for broadband on local and national levels, and also about the major components necessary for successful broadband implementation. During my research, I was invited to attend a discussion session with project team members and other subject experts. This opportunity allowed me to observe, inquire, and interact with experts who were integral to the success of the project. In addition to its fascinating subject matter, working on this topic was made even more fulfilling by understanding the positive, widespread impact that broadband implementation will have on people at local and global levels."
--Devin Flores, 2013-2014