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Gain hands-on experience working in a public policy or social change organization.

The International Professional Service Semester helps students secure graduate-level internships, jobs, or consultancies in international organizations in the U.S. and abroad. The program is designed for graduate students in the International Policy and Development, International Environmental Policy, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and Master of Public Administration programs. Students can earn up to 6 units in January and 6 units February-August for a total of 12 credits. Students should consult their academic advisor regarding additional credits if needed. 

Applications for 2019 are closed. A second round application for 2019 will open in August 2018.

Writing Testing Windows

This is a reminder that 2019 applicants should plan to attend one of the following 1-hour IPSS writing test windows:

  • Friday, April 13 (12-1pm PT)
  • Wednesday, April 18 (11-12pm PT)
  • Friday, April 20 (2-4pm PT)
  • Tuesday, April 24 (1-2pm PT)

Location: McCone 215 (near GSIPM front desk)

Get a Head Start on Your International Career

For many students, the IPSS experience acts as a stepping stone to a future career. The program’s networking possibilities and international exposure are just a few of the benefits students receive through their participation. An IPSS assignment complements a student's degree focus by providing an applied learning environment for students to develop skills and knowledge not covered in traditional classes.

For more information and help planning for your IPSS, visit the Center for Advising and Career Services.

View a complete list of past IPSS participants from 2002–2018.

Participating Organizations

Since 2002, more than 200 IPSS Fellows have served in more than 100 international organizations. Because of our continued partnerships with these organizations, many IPSS students are offered exceptional opportunities that are unavailable to anyone else. Recent opportunities include the following organizations:

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
Conventional Arms Branch (New York City)
Food and Agriculture Organization (Rome, Italy)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Romania)
Marine Conservation Institute (Washington, D.C.)
International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna, Austria)
U.S. Dept. of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (Washington, D.C.)
Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (Calca, Peru)
International Organization for Migration (Bangkok, Thailand)

Where IPSS Alumni Find Careers

U.S. State Department
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
State of California
Teach for America
American Red Cross
Catholic Relief Services
United Nations
International Organization for Migration
International Labor Organization
The World Bank
International Atomic Energy Agency
Inter-American Development Bank