International Program Associates:
The World is Waiting for You

The Catholic University of America’s (CUA) Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is offering international social development experiences to CUA graduating undergraduates, masters and doctoral students.


International Program Associates (IPA) provides unique opportunities (social, economic, legal, and other) to gain professional international social development experience by spending 10-weeks during the summer working for international NGOs.

IPA aims to respond to the increasing need for international social development. In addition, the program also serves as an educational and professional opportunity for CUA students to engage and partner with international agencies as well as learn about the various issues that are facing the world today.

Benefits of IPA

  • provides students with the opportunity to gain professional international social development experience

  • immerses the student in a different culture, allowing them to utilize their skills to assist local communities, international agencies, and most importantly, the people themselves with their problems and solutions

  • allows students to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom

  • opportunities to practice a variety of skills: grant writing, program evaluation, strategic planning, needs assessments, teaching, website design, health, and capacity-building projects

Possible Placements


IPA students will work with Community and Family Services International in Manila, which is an international non-governmental organization working on issues of social development and conflict resolution, working primarily in Asia and the Pacific. CFSI is committed to peace and social development, with a particular interest in the psychosocial dimension. The organization’s programs focus on humanitarian assistance, social development, child and family welfare, health promotion, and research. Placement opportunities in the Philippines include: youth programs, group work, program and business administration, and needs assessments and evaluations.



Looking to gain experience in social enterprise, economic empowerment, community development, non-profit management, women’s development, refugee reintegration? Join WomenCraft and have the experience of a lifetime. Exchange skills. Live and learn. WomenCraft is a community driven social enterprise that connects talented rural East African artisans with regional and international fair-trade markets. Its members create high-quality handcrafted products that preserve local traditions and incorporate environmentally-sustainable local materials. WomenCraft pays its members fair wages and uses its profits to provide services to its members, their families and their communities. As a result members build business acumen and gain practical skills so that they can eventually take ownership of the enterprise. IPA students will stay in a local guest house near the agency. Skills needed by Womencraft are those in marketing, business, product design, women’s development, fair trade, media and website design.

Nicaragua (Some Spanish required)

The John Paul II Technical Institute opened in 1999 to provide vocational training and high school subjects to the poor children of the capital city of Managua. Its partner school, Flor de Maria Rizo, is located in the beautiful mountains of Jinotega. This school provides technical education to the children of the campesinos, coffee pickers on a large coffee plantation. These Catholic schools have need of English teachers, social workers, nurses, media and web site designers, fund-raisers, grant writers, and community organizers.


IPA students work with a local NGO that offers family-strengthening programs to members of the surrounding communities.  The NGO aims to identify struggling families and provide support so that their children will be safe and healthy and can attend school.  This site is located in Da Nang, the largest city on the south-central coast of Vietnam.

Part I: Application Deadline Saturday, February 1, 2020.*

  1. Application 

  2. Three Essays

  3. Two Letters of Recommendation

*Application and supporting documentation must be received by February 15, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Apply to:

Part II: Interview

Once the application is received, student will be contacted for an interview. 

Part III: Acceptance

Accepted students must complete the online forms from the Center on Global Education.

Students must have a passport valid through six months after the end of their international placement.

Selected CUA students will spend 10-12 weeks during the summer to work in their international placement. The tentative dates of the placements will be end of May to August.


Students are responsible for paying their travel, room and board expenses.  Expected expenses range from $1,500 to $3,000. 

Limited financial aid is available based on need.

Contact us:

For more information, please contact IPA:

Bonnie McIntyre


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