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International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership: Launch Your International Career

July 11, 2012

If you’re thinking about developing your career with nonprofit, government, educational, or other organizations focused on community learning and engagement, we invite you to consider The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL) and its Master of Arts in International Development and Service at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

The IPSL offers an interdisciplinary curriculum enriched by real world expertise from professionals in the fields of public administration, international development, and nonprofit management, as well as practical hands-on experience via domestic and international service-learning, including two semesters studying, serving, and partnering with professionals in the field abroad.

The IPSL/Concordia University Master of Arts program students spend two semesters in Portland, and two semesters abroad studying and volunteering with NGO’s, Non-Profits, and Community Development agencies. IPSL also matches up to 10% on the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

Students engage in hands-on service-learning, actively partnering with leaders in charitable and government agencies- in communities from Portland, Oregon to Chiang Mai, Thailand, from Rome to the Galapagos Islands. IPSL students serve as skilled volunteers with local organizations to help tackle complex global issues such as immigration, education, social justice, and public health.

Graduates go on to international, intercultural careers, from starting their own Non-Governmental Organizations in the U.S. and abroad to educating future generations of Peace Corps volunteers, globally minded students, and diverse leaders.

It is perhaps not surprising that many IPSL graduates are also AmeriCorps alumni. As AmeriCorps and IPSL alumnus Erin Barnhardt explains:

“Today, 14 years after completing my term of service, I’ve gone on to become a Fulbright recipient, taught as an adjunct professor, a consultant to nonprofit and government organizations, and recently earned my Ph.D. studying international civic engagement. Looking back, I can see clearly that The IPSL played a significant role in what has become a dynamic, rewarding and enriching career in public service.”

During your time with AmeriCorps, you faced some of the biggest challenges and opportunities for diverse, intercultural American communities. Now imagine leveraging the skills and perspectives that you’ve gained during your term of service and applying them on a global scale, actively serving and learning abroad while gaining hands-on experience with community organizations, institutions, and fellow citizens in diverse global communities.

To learn more about The IPSL graduate program in International Development and Service program, please click here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2012 10:10 am

    Thank you for sharing this information. What an awesome opportunity! I am inspired and very interested in checking it out.

  2. July 13, 2012 10:06 am

    @Kim – IPSL is great and glad to hear that you’ll look more into them!

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