All conditionally accepted students will be invited and are required to attend an orientation session in May (the year before the start of their IPSS assignment). At this meeting, IPSS faculty will explain academic requirements and the placement process.
Students must continue to demonstrate high academic achievement and completion of required coursework through the fall semester leading up to IPSS to maintain their status in this academic program.
Students will work on career documents such as resumes and personal statements during the summer prior to IPSS.
What should I expect from the time I apply to when I start my service?
Writing tests will be held in early April for all IPSS applicants.
Accepted applicants will be invited to an orientation meet in early May after they have received notification that they have been accepted to the program. Students will spend the early part of the summer updating career collateral—like their resume and cover letter. Depending on the student’s organization, contact may start during the summer, although a majority of the communication with organizations will take place during the first three weeks of September.
Participating students pay tuition for one semester (12 credits) and in return receive faculty supervision of the academic offerings and assignments outlined above. In addition to tuition, students cover expenses of travel airfare, rent, and other living expenses.
This program is for highly motivated, academically prepared, and well qualified students that display exceptional commitment to their academic work and have proven interests in working at an international governmental or nongovernmental organization.
All students enrolled in the International Policy and Development, International Environmental Policy, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, and Public Administration graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.
With successful completion of IPSS, students will receive up to 12 credits consisting of 0-6 credits for the January pre-departure training (with pass/no pass grade) and 6-credits (with a letter grade) for the field deliverables produced during the internship assignment.
IPSS fellows can elect to take another course in January instead of the IPSS training. Fellows may also only take the 6-unit IPSS field course after discussing this option with their advisor.
IPSS is offered in the spring semester, with an optional 2-3 week pre-departure training taught in January and 4-6 months of on-site work with an international organization (February-July/August). Students can only go on IPSS in their 3rd or 4th semester at the Institute.
We recommend that students start their brainstorming process by reviewing organizations with which the Institute has an established relationship. Please see our list of organizations in the "participating organizations" section.
A student can work with IPSS faculty, staff, and career advisors to research potential IPSS organizations.