The IDI Society
The IDI Society is a forum for King's students (undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD), alumni and staff, interested in, and passionate about, development. It serves as a 'one stop shop' for articles, events, conferences, industry trends, and job opportunities within the development world. The Society hopes to create links between undergraduates, postgraduates, and alumni. These relationships transfer crucial knowledge to younger members, while building the networks for all members. The Society intends to be a fun and productive way to engage in development.
Joining the Society
To become a member, please email: IDIemail@example.com and state your name, surname and current occupation. We are open for applications throughout the year.
You can also follow us on LinkedIn and, if you are an IDI student, you can join our Facebook group: KCL IDI Society
You can also follow us at Twitter: IDI_SOCIETY
What is the Society?
Our Mission is to become a community of people passionate about international development. The Society is a platform to post and discuss ideas that are cutting edge in the development sector. It is also a platform to connect current and previous students in a vibrant networking environment. Through the Society, we are hoping to exchange ideas between academic and on-the-field development work. Our goal is to assist King’s students in transition from development student to practitioner and expert and to promote ideas of development.
How does the Society work?
Operating as a ‘one stop shop’, The IDI Society hopes to create links between staff, undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni, transferring crucial knowledge to younger members and extending the network links for all members. Facilitating the exchange of ideas between the many layers of the development field provides a balanced view of development realities. The Society also hosts events (such as workshops, panels, career events and movie nights) and other gatherings, fostering a community of aspiring development practitioners.
The IDI Society initially started in 2014 as Facebook page for the 2013/14 MSc cohort. From these beginnings it has since grown into a society which links all IDI students and alumni in a productive, proactive and inclusive dialogue.
What is in it for me?
Since its inception, the Society has grown considerably. We have 3 teams consisting of Careers, Events, and Social Media:
The Careers Team will work together with the KCL careers office to come up with effective ways of expanding members’ knowledge of career opportunities. The careers team plans to create an alumni blog with advice on how real graduates went about finding and landing a job.
The Events Team plans and organizes events ranging from conferences and discussions to movie nights; we aim for creative and organized events to engage development. The Events Team is also responsible for organizing the Fresher’s Week for new Undergraduate students.
The Social Media Team is in charge of marketing and updating social media outlets. They make sure that Society posts reach members in the most convenient way. An important function of the social media team will be to create and manage the Society’s own website as a centre of The Society’s media and communication.
The Society’s structure is aiming to be horizontal and open. In terms of management of The Society, we have a President, Vice President, Secretary, and a Treasurer (expected) and a Team Leader for each of the teams. All positions are filled by open elections – The Society elections will take place annually in the middle of October.
Our Society is mostly dedicated to IDI students, however everyone is welcome to take part in our events, lectures and conferences. Advantages of belonging to The Society:
- Puts you on our mailing list for events and new article posts
- Keeps you informed about job and internship opportunities
- Allows you to run for positions within The Society (These positions will undoubtedly build your skills and add to your CV , along with ensuring the smooth operation and delivery of Society activities)
- Allows you to contribute in the discussions posted on our website
- Guarantees you will also receive a PDF copy of The IDI newsletter.