Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Work Study Program

Global Development Studies offers a wide range of opportunities for undergraduate students to work and study in a development context and to receive credit towards their DEVS degree.  Students are able to complete independent work-study placements in countries around the world as well as in Canada.

Independent Work Study

One of the most attractive features of the Development Studies program at Queen's is the opportunity it affords students to complete a placement abroad and get hands-on field experience for credit. Many of our students maintain that their placement is the highlight of their academic career. 

Click here for a copy of the 2020-2021 DEVS 410 Work/Study Handbook ( 701 KB).


Following is a list of some of the destinations where DEVS students have traveled to work and study: 

Aboriginal Communities, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Laos, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nunavut, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, The Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zanzibar


Some Organizations DEVS students have interned with:

United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Oxfam, Shastri, Polaris Institute, World Bank, Canada World Youth, SOS Children’s Village, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Queen's Project in International Development etc.

Examples of Types of Projects:

AIDS education, construction of houses, UNDP Internship in NYC, land erosion prevention, teaching mentally challenged children, working alongside and teaching English to migrant farm workers, working with media lobby groups re. human rights issues associated with the war on drugs, health education, teaching computer skills, cottage industry workshops for women, water sanitation projects, carrying out research for NGO head offices, working with new immigrants to Canada, organizing a summer camp for native children, writing and editing for a development magazine, alternate vocation training of former prostitutes, etc. 

Value of these Experiences: “The multitude of skills I have acquired and have been able to apply, the numerous contacts I’ve made, and the overwhelming satisfaction of contributing to this organization [I worked for] has made this one of the best experiences of my life” – DEVS student