Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Complete a field project on a pressing issue related to your degree while developing contacts and utilizing resources within your host organization.


Is an exciting professional work opportunity that combines practical field work with demanding academic objectives to create an immersive learning experience. The IPSS semester typically lasts four to six months but may be longer if the participant chooses. There is an optional 0-6 unit pre-departure professional training component in addition to the 6-unit field course that allows students to earn up to 12 credit hours through the IPSS experience.

IPSS Curriculum

Preparatory Work

  • Research on assigned organization and relevant policy issues
  • Internship search and field project design workshops
  • Development of a Terms of Reference (TOR) with host organization in consultation with IPSS faculty and staff

Pre-Departure Professional Training

A series of optional 1-credit workshops offered to IPSS participants during J-term are designed to teach key skills essential for entry-level positions at international organizations. Workshops are taught by highly effective instructors with extensive experience in a variety of fields. Additional resourcs located at *IPSS Google Site

Workshops - January

Signature IPSS Courses:

  • High-Value Organizational Consulting

  • Designing and Evaluating Interventions

  • Quantitative Data Analysis in a Professional Setting Using Excel

  • Applied Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis

  • Networked International Organizations: Using Networks, Measurement, and Social Media for Learning that Leads to Impact

*Note: IPSS students may also take other January course and practicum offerings to be announced by late November. Non-IPSS students may take IPSS workshops, space-permitting.

Field Project

The main academic component of the program is an ambitious field project completed by IPSS fellows while on their assignment. Field projects should benefit the host organizations and help fellows apply and advance the skills and expertise essential for their career aspirations. IPSS fellows will benefit from peer feedback and faculty mentoring while working on their projects.

View an illustrative list of possible IPSS postings.

Final Presentation

All IPSS fellows will present their field project deliverables to their respective organizations or colleagues in their field by August.

Fellows will then virtually present to MIIS faculty in mid-August.