Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
If I am accepted to IPSS, what are my next steps?

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?

The IPSS Internship Search Plan gives a general overview of the process of looking for and securing a practicum opportunity for IPSS. 

Writing tests will be held in early April for all first round IPSS applicants. An additional writing test will be held in the fall for second round applicants. 

Is there funding for the program?

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 (including airfare), rent, and other living expenses.

What types of positions are available?

There are positions available in many different fields of international policy. Please see the list of previous IPSS Participants and Participating Organizations to learn more about the types of positions available.

How do participants select an organization?

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.

Who is eligible for IPSS?

This program is for highly motivated, academically prepared, and well qualified students who 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.

How many credits will I receive?

  • 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.


When is IPSS offered?
  • 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.
How can I connect with past IPSS fellows?

Current IPSS fellows, IPSS alumni, and those interested in learning about the program can email ipss@miis.edu for more information.

What is the difference between IPSS, DPMI Plus, FMS, and the Independent Practicum?

So what is the difference between IPSS, DPMI Plus, FMS, and DPP Independent Practicum?

Hint--It's in the details. View matrix of semester-long opportunities.

When deciding whether to do IPSS, DPMI Plus, FMS, or the DPP Independent Practicum students should consider the following:

1) Which training program(s) should I complete?