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Step Three: Details

The following questions may help you frame your thinking and define your project.


  • What exactly is the project I am going to be doing?
  • How would I describe my project to other people?


  • When will I be carrying out my project?
  • Does this time-frame make sense, not only for me but also for the other people or organizations involved?
  • How much time do I have to carry out my intended project and is that enough?


  • What are the motivations behind my project?
  • Is there a genuine need for this to take place?


  • What are the goals I have for this project?
  • How do my project goals feed into my longer-term goals for my time at Yale and beyond?
  • What is the scope of my project?

Tip: In defining the scope of your project, defining what the project will not be can be just as helpful as defining what the project will be.


  • What challenges can I reasonably expect?
  • Are there steps I can take now which may help me to meet challenges in the future?


  • What are the practicalities of making something happen in the region I have identified?
  • What are the ethical considerations I need to be aware of when planning and carrying out my project?
  • What kind of support networks do I hope to have?
  • What steps can I take, before and during my experience, to earn money, save and budget effectively?


  • Am I ready to take on this project? Will I be ready by the time I undertake it?
  • Do I have the language skills needed to carry out this project effectively?
  • What preparation should I be undertaking between now and the time I leave?

Tip: Use the Planning Toolkits to prepare for your project.

Useful resources

Use the Planning Toolkits for:

  • Planning Research Projects
  • Planning Internships
  • Planning Public Service Projects