IPS takes a unique approach to international policy analysis, offering a dynamic learning experience that utilizes Stanford University’s exceptional resources. To enhance student learning beyond the classroom, the program offers annual international study trips, a summer internship program, a capstone practicum course, and a speaker series, exposing students to policy analysis and problem solving in the real world.
Students can specialize in five areas of concentration:
Each student has access to three professional advisors:
Faculty Advisor - Mutual research interests
Academic Advisor - Courses and degree requirements
Career Advisor - Résumé review, internship and job opportunities, and contacts
International study trips
First-year students spend spring break in a country outside of the U.S. to learn about policy making from government officials, international organizations, NGOs, the business community, and local media and artists.
Past study trips have traveled to China, Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, Rwanda, Argentina, Myanmar, and India. Students will travel to Russia in 2017.
Summer internship placement and funding
IPS staff facilitates the first-year internship search by providing opportunities and contacts, résumé review and forwarding, and referrals to potential employers.
Each student is eligible for an IPS internship stipend to help cover travel and living expenses for the summer.
Second-year students work in teams to analyze and make policy recommendations to real-world clients.
IPS Practicum students have consulted to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, as well as NGOs, private sector companies, and think tanks.
All students are eligible for travel funds to support research for their Practicum projects.
Stanford Alumni Community
IPS students join the community of current and former students both within the program and across Stanford. Alumni participate in IPS events, and support students with advice, referrals, and career opportunities.
Ford Dorsey and FSI Fellowships generally are offered to a limited number of incoming students based on merit and specific eligibility requirements. Fellowships provide a stipend, full or partial tuition, and a health insurance subsidy.
IPS often hires some second-year students as Teaching Assistants to support core courses, depending on program needs. Additionally, some second-year students may be hired as Research Assistants to work with FSI faculty when there is either programmatic or faculty funding to do so. IPS staff work with students to identify and apply to assistantship opportunities. The number of teaching and research assistantships varies year-to-year and is dependent upon curricular needs and availability of funding.