About IDC

Columbia Business School’s International Development Club (IDC) is a large, active and growing organization of over 250 MBA students interested in the interplay between business and international development. IDC serves as a forum for students and faculty who recognize the importance of emerging economies and their underlying development challenges, and serves as a catalyst for their investigation.

Education

IDC strives to increase the awareness and understanding of international development and emerging markets at Columbia Business School through a variety of educational channels, including the annual Social Enterprise Conference and the IDC Speaker Series. For more information on these and other events, please see the events page. For information about relevant courses offered at Columbia Business School, please visit the Social Enterprise Program’s course page.

Experience

IDC facilitates experience in the field of international development for members through Pangea Advisors, a part of IDC, which offers pro bono consulting projects with leading international development organizations. Past projects have included work related to topics including: microfinance, healthcare, renewable energy, and social venture development for clients such as Grameen Foundation USA, Earth Institute, Ashoka and Endeavor. Many of these projects involve travel to the client, which is supported by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, through its International Development Consulting Project Travel Fund.

IDC members also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in microfinance through Microlumbia, a student-run microfinance fund. In addition, Columbia Business School students also participate as organizers and entrants in the Global Social Venture Competition.

IDC members also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in microfinance through Microlumbia, a student-run microfinance fund. In addition, Columbia Business School students also participate as organizers and entrants in the Global Social Venture Competition.

Network

IDC fosters a community of students, alumni and professionals interested in international development, as well as provides opportunities to build personal and professional relationships. IDC organizes a number of networking events and career sessions throughout the academic year.

Career Services

IDC creates opportunities for members to learn about career paths in the field of international development. IDC also helps its members develop contacts and find job opportunities through events, study trips and career treks. For more details on IDC career-related initiatives, please visit our Careers page.

IDC Signature Initiatives

IDC’s signature student-run initiatives include Pangea Advisors and Microlumbia. Pangea Advisors is a pro bono, student-run, international development consulting group that allows students to engage in high impact development projects with a diverse array of clients around the world. Microlumbia is a Columbia MBA student-run nonprofit that provides consulting services and loan capital to growing microfinance institutions. Together, Pangea and Microlumbia provide ample opportunities for IDC members to acquire real-world experience in international development and international business.

Learn more about these two initiatives online:

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