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Fellows secure graduate-level internships, jobs or consultancies in international organizations in the US and abroad and earn up to 12 units of academic credit
What is the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS)?
International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) is an immersive learning experience, integrating academic work with professional experience. Students serve as junior professional staff members in an international organization while producing specific deliverables for academic credit. The IPSS program is offered through the Graduate School of International Policy & Management (GSIPM) during the spring semester.
Jump-Start Your International Career
For many students, the IPSS experience acts as a stepping stone to their future careers. The program's networking possibilities and international exposure are just a few of the benefits students receive as a result of their participation in the IPSS program.
IPSS fellows are encouraged to seek out a leader in a field of their interest. Working with this leader provides a unique learning environment for the student. An IPSS assignment complements a student's degree focus by providing an applied learning environment for fellows to develop skills and knowledge not covered in traditional classes.
For more information on career resources to help you plan for IPSS, please visit the Center for Advising and Career Services.
IPSS Fellows Impact Since 2002*
|Alumni working abroad|
|Founders of an organization|
|Countries with an IPSS alum|
*Updated February 2015
Government Employers of IPSS Alumni
|U.S. State Department|
|U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services|
|State of California|
Non-Governmental Organization Employers
|Teach for America|
|American Red Cross|
|Catholic Relief Services|
International Organization Employers
|The United Nations|
|International Organization for Migration|
|International Labor Organization|
|The World Bank
|International Atomic Energy Agency|
|Inter-American Development Bank|