The IFP is a platform for emerging practitioners and researchers to gain experience in the field within an academic environment. The IFP’s extended field stays are unique among international affairs programs in the United States. In the course of nine weeks, students work and conduct research with community-based organizations, NGOs, international organizations, and governmental agencies. The topics range from community development, policy advocacy, citizen journalism, and post-conflict state-building to urban planning and long-term monitoring and evaluation.
The IFP faculty consists of prominent scholars and leading experts on the topics and regions of engagement. These faculty-led customized programs offer students access to a wide network of on-the-ground collaborations with academics, NGO professionals, community activists, and government agencies relevant to the issues being examined. The dedicated IFP faculty prepare students to engage critically with current international debates and practices around issues of social and economic rights; urban and community development; new media and technology; environmental justice; migration and refugees; governance; conflict; and peacebuilding.
The IFP is designed to extend learning beyond the classroom. Students get firsthand field exposure to a multiplicity of perspectives, ideas, and people through orientation, field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions.
The IFP is open to Master’s and Ph.D. students, undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors), and continuing education professionals from all fields and areas of study. The program is open to both New School and non-New School applicants.
For more information on the program, please feel free to visit our website https://www.newschool.edu/international-field-program/