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

IPSS

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

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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 1-credit workshops offered to IPSS participants during the fall and 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. 

Applied Field Project Design - October

A required, noncredit workshop led by Dr. Maha Baimyrzaeva. The workshop details the IPSS field course, including key deliverables, and will help participants to practice designing applied field projects that would meet IPSS field course requirements.

Creating Video Presentations  - October

This optional, noncredit workshop, led by DLC staff, will teach participants how to shoot, edit, and upload video presentations.  Participating in this training will prepare IPSS students for submission of a final video presentation in August, 2015.

Workshops (optional*) - 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

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

Click here to view details from January 3-19, 2014 workshops.

*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.

For an illustrative list of possible IPSS postings, click here

Final Presentation

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

Fellows will then present to MIIS faculty through a colloquium webinar in mid-August.