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The Ford School encourages students to take advantage of the University of Michigan’s extensive resources for international engagement. U-M offers internationally focused courses, internships, study abroad, and research opportunities. (The Global Michigan portal provides information on many of these opportunities.)

The Ford School offers graduate level courses—IEDP and Introduction to Chinese Policy—that include faculty-led trips to emerging market countries. The International Policy Center offers events, opportunities, and resources for interational engagement. MPP students can gain international experience by completing their required ten-week internship abroad. Undergraduate students are encouraged to explore the numerous opportunities for studying abroad for a semester.

IEDP: Economic and Social Policies in Emerging Market Economy

The International Policy Students Association (IPSA), one of the Ford School’s most active student groups, works with a faculty member each winter term to plan a trip to an emerging market country. The project, known as the International Economic Development Program (IEDP), begins with classroom study of the economics, politics, and culture of the country. The course culminates with a trip to the country during which students conduct interviews and discussions with policymakers, members of civil society, foreign development agencies, and university students. Applications are typically due in September. Visit the IPSA website for more information.

Introduction to Chinese Policy

The Chinese Policy Course, developed in partnership with Renmin University, aims to improve Ford School students' understanding of China and Chinese students' understanding of the United States. The course has two components: a classroom portion held at the Ford School during the winter term and a trip to Beijing in May. The portion of the course held at the Ford School provides a general introduction to China and its policy and economic environments. While in Beijing, Ford School students interact with Renmin students and faculty, meet with business and government leaders, and explore Chinese cultural opportunities. Applications are typically due in September. Visit the Ford School’s course database for more information on this course.Visit the China policy course for more information.

MPP Internships

The MPP program includes a required ten-week public policy internship completed between the first and second years of the program. Each summer, approximately 25% of the class completes their internship in an international setting. The internship allows students to apply their knowledge to significant problems in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors and provides students the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in areas of professional interest. The Ford School has developed a substantial network of agencies and organizations that have hosted interns. Graduate Career Services staff work individually with graduate students to assist them in identifying and securing internships appropriate to their career needs and goals.

U-M Study Abroad, Internship, and Research Resources

The U-M International Center’s Education Abroad Office provides undergraduate and graduate students with assistance in exploring a wide range of in-depth cross-cultural internships and study abroad experiences.

Other U-M Resources:

U-M Research and Language Opportunities:

  • U.S. Student Fulbright Program
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships<
  • David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships
  • Luce Scholars Program