Since its inception in 2002, the International Field Program, as part of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs for International Affairs at The New School, has provided a platform for emerging practitioners to gain experience in the field while following a rigorous course of study that provides a critical context for understanding global issues.
The International Field Program is open to both New School and Non-New School graduate, Ph.D., and undergraduate students (rising juniors and seniors) and individuals pursuing continuing education in a variety of fields, including international affairs/studies, public health, public policy, anthropology, sociology, non-profit management, environmental sustainability, and urban planning.
Students work and conduct research with community-based organizations, NGOs, international organizations, government, and local agencies.
Students are exposed to a wide array of projects, ranging from community development, post-conflict state-building, to long-term monitoring and evaluation of projects implemented by international organizations such as the World Bank.
Through seminars and independent research, the IFP provides students with a critical context for understanding global issues as well as an opportunity to develop foundational tools for working in diverse communities, conducting research, analyzing policies, and implementing projects in developing countries.
Our long-term partnerships with various organizations in each country site guarantee continuity of engagement in project implementation and a sustainable contribution to the existing research body of knowledge.
Students interested in participating must fulfill program requirements, submit an application, and undergo an interviewing process for selection.
Participating graduate students earn nine credits toward their degree (3 Spring credits + 6 Summer credits).
Over the past decade, more than 900 students have participated in the International Field Program (IFP) in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.