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A key part of the Institute’s mission is to provide you with immersive, hands-on learning as part of your studies.

Unlike other classroom-based graduate programs, these experiences allow you to apply practical skills in your field of study before you graduate. Not only do you gain professional experience, but you are exposed to relevant networking opportunities that often lead to jobs after graduation. Below are some of the options available, with more emerging as the Institute’s professional partnerships grow and change.

Funding

Institute students can apply for up to $1,500 in immersive professional learning funding to cover travel and lodging costs for eligible programs or approved self-led research and internships. View funding requirements and application.

Once you've completed your experience and are seeking reimbursement, submit your information.

Client Projects and Simulations

Students complete projects in courses for real-life local and international clients. Courses use simulations to teach and build in-depth understanding and critical thinking around complex global issues.

Semester/Summer Programs Abroad

International Development and Social Change (DPMI)

Participants in the International Development and Social Change certificate program complete up to three weeks of project management training in Monterey, Washington, D.C., Colombia, Egypt, or Rwanda. Participants may opt into the practicum component by traveling abroad for three to nine months of fieldwork with a development organization.

Who: Current graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, practitioners, and people in career transitions.

Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation Practicum (DPMI Plus)

DPMI+ is designed for current graduate degree students to apply DPMI tools, frameworks, and concepts in the field to fulfill the practicum requirement within their degree.

Who: Current graduate degree students who need to fulfill the practicum requirement.

Frontier Market Scouts

Frontier Market Scouts starts with a two-week certificate training followed by a four- to12-month fellowship. The fellowship component partners with social enterprises and impact investment firms around the world.

Who: Current students, practitioners, and people in career transitions.

International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program

The International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program provides training and internships for graduate students interested in the work of international nonproliferation organizations. Speak with your academic advisor for more information.

Who: Institute graduate students in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program.

International Professional Service Semester

The International Professional Service Semester provides Institute students with the opportunity to work as junior staff members for a public policy or social change organization. Students can complete the last 12 credits of a degree through this program.

Who: Institute graduate students in the International Policy and Development, International Environmental Policy, and Master of Public Administration programs.

Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad

The Middlebury School in Jordan offers overseas graduate-level programs for Institute students. During your semester abroad, you’ll pursue academic and personal interests and improve your Arabic language proficiency.

Who: Institute students whose language of study is Arabic.

Student Exchange Programs

Students take courses at one of the prestigious partner universities in Bergen, Cairo, or Tokyo.

Who: All Institute students.

Short-Term Programs Abroad

Winter or Spring Semester Practica

Every winter and spring semester, faculty and students embark on a number of projects in the fields of peacebuilding, international development, and environmental conservation opportunities in Nepal, Spain, Czech Republic, Rwanda, and Cuba.

Who: All Institute graduate students

Centers and Initiatives

The Institute’s Centers and Initiatives give students opportunities to participate in internships or fellowships and conduct further research, and the chance to be published in world-renowned scholarly journals.

Stretch Work and Lifelong Learning

You’ll often hear the term "stretch work" used on campus to describe our promotion of self-directed learning and new skill development. Students can create many of their own learning opportunities:

  • The Digital Learning Commons provides students with training opportunities, technological resources, and collaborative spaces to facilitate peer-driven teaching and learning.

  • The Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS) is the hub for all advising, career education, and professional development activities. Advisors can help you make connections between your area of study and employment.

  • Lynda is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. It’s offered for free to the Institute community.

Team Challenges Around Social Issues

Our collaborative, innovative, and interdisciplinary approach is highlighted through team challenges and case competitions.

Local Internships, Service Opportunities, and Clubs

Students can complete internships at a wide range of nonprofit, government, and social enterprises in Monterey County and Santa Cruz. Speak with your advisor for more information.

Immersive Learning and Study Abroad Manual

The Immersive Learning and Study Abroad Manual covers policies and procedures that broadly apply to our Immersive Learning and Study Abroad programs, including step-by-step guides to researching, applying for, and participating in our programs.