International Field Program | Milano School in NYC

International Field Program

  • Since its inception in 2002, the International Field Program has provided a way 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.

    Over the past decade, hundreds of students have participated in the International Field Program (IFP), in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Students gain practical field experience through work and research with NGOs, international organizations, government, and local agencies. The program is open to all master's students at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and, with approval, to students across The New School.

    Students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply to the IFP and are selected through a competitive review process.

    The IFP offers several summer sites, where students work on projects ranging from post-conflict state building to long-term monitoring and evaluation of projects with international organizations such as the World Bank. Participating students earn six graduate credits. If you have any questions, email us at

    The IFP Team
    Director of International Field Programs: Fabiola Berdiel
    IFP Advisor: Mark Johnson

    Program Cost and Scholarships

    All costs listed below are the student's responsibility unless otherwise specified.

    Fixed Costs
    Tuition: 6 credits
    The cost per credit is the same as for the fall and spring semesters.

    IFP Program Fees
    The $1,000 fee covers administrative costs associated with running the spring-summer program.

    Additional Variable Costs

    1. Airfare to and from the program site
    2. Local travel and transportation
    3. Living and personal expenses beyond housing. Please note that housing is provided; because of university policy, students cannot opt out of housing arrangements.
    4. Vaccinations and other medical expenses
    5. Visas (see the visa information page for details)

    Financing the IFP
    Students with Milano scholarships can apply them toward IFP summer tuition.
    They must also pay a $1,000 IFP program fee.

    Apply to the International Field Program

    To apply for the IFP you must complete the online application and, at the end of the process, upload the following four documents:

    1. A recent resume or CV
    2. A brief essay for your first choice IFP country
    3. A brief essay for your second choice IFP country
    4. An academic or professional writing sample

    Have these documents ready before you begin filling out this application. Without these document files available and ready for upload, you will not be able to complete the application process.

    The brief essays (approximately 500 words) should explain:

    1. Your reasons for wanting to participate in that particular IFP site, what relevant experience or coursework draws you to spend the summer in that country?
    2. What prior experiences (research, internships, community service, travel, extracurricular activities, etc.) have you had that make you a strong candidate?
    3. What you expect to gain from the experience and how the IFP fits into your future studies and goals.