So what is the difference between IPSS and DPMI Plus?
Hint‐‐It’s in the details.
When deciding whether to do IPSS or DPMI Plus, students should consider the following:
1.) Which pre‐departure training program is the “right fit” for me?
The DPMI program provides participants with practical training in development project
management, social entrepreneurship and strategic partnering, and facilitating participatory
development. During the training‐‐students learn new technologies used in the development field,
work in teams representing various non‐governmental organizations that are selected, ad hoc,
during the program, and facilitate simulated trainings among their peers. By the end of the training,
participants will have acquired a unique set of tools and techniques that they can apply in the field.
The IPSS pre‐departure training includes one week of analysis on the organization where the
student will serve during the subsequent 6 months, followed by two weeks applying research design
skills. By the end of the three week training, participants will have a solid research design that will
guide their field research, resulting in a substantial product that will be presented during the August
2.) Which faculty member would be most suited to supervise my field research?
All DPMI Plus projects are supervised by Dr. Beryl Levinger, the DPMI Academic Director.
During an IPSS assignment, a student works with one of 4‐5 faculty members selected as IPSS
coordinators for that year. Faculty who have served as IPSS coordinators, include Jean du Preez,
Lyuba Zarsky, Steve Garrett, Nuket Kardam, Fred Wheling, Pushpa Iyer, Ed Laurance and Moyara
3.) What are the deliverables for each of the programs? How are the deliverables graded?
DPMI deliverables can vary, depending on whether or not the student is taking the course for credit.
Each of the three weeks has a different set of deliverables that pertain to the type of work done that
week. All students that wish to receive a certificate of completion for the DPMI program are
required to submit a comprehensive development philosophy statement that reflects on themes
and concepts discussed during the three week training. Projects are reviewed on a pass‐fail basis.
(Not sure what to put here for IPSS) Letter grades are assigned in IPSS courses.
4.) How much peer support and pre‐departure preparation would I like to have prior to starting my
professional service assignment?
DPMI Plus participants develop a strong set of professional contacts through the three‐week,
intensive training, although only a small percentage of participants from a specific training will be
departing on DPMI Plus assignments at the same time. Students can stay in touch through email and
The IPSS pre‐departure training has the added benefit of helping students build a peer support
network prior to departing for their IPSS assignment. Students go through the experience with 25
others and have the opportunity to reconvene for the capstone seminar and conference at the end
of the program. IPSS brings together a group of peers working across a broad range of policy sectors,
thereby giving students broader exposure to different policy fields.
5.) When do I want to complete a professional service assignment?
DPMI Plus is offered spring, summer, and fall (or any combination of subsequent semesters) and can
range in length from 3‐9 months (May‐January being the longest range). Some students completing
DPMI Plus during the “summer semester” can graduate with 60 credits one season ahead of
schedule if they take the maximum amount of credits offered for DPMI and DPMI Plus and are not
required to return to Monterey. Regular tuition costs for 60 units (One degree program) apply.
IPSS is only offered January‐August and lasts 5 ½ ‐6 months. All students return to Monterey in
August for a 2‐week capstone seminar.
6.) What kind of career development approach do I prefer?
DPMI Plus assignments are most often secured by the student with document review and strategic
support from the GSIPM career development team. Certain DPMI Plus assignments are secured for
students by DPMI staff if the student’s interests match an internship opening fostered by the Career
Development Team. DPMI Plus staff work continually with students to ensure that an appropriate
internship is secured and may contact an employer on behalf of the student to describe the DPMI
Plus program and the student’s credentials.
Through the IPSS application process, students list his or her first and second organization choice.
IPSS staff will consult with accepted applicants and then formally contact an organization in writing
to describe the IPSS program in detail as well as the most significant academic and professional
attributes of the IPSS fellow. IPSS staff work continually with students to ensure that appropriate
internship are secured, sometimes moving to a third or fourth organization choice.
Other Important Points to Consider:
1.) DPMI Plus and IPSS application acceptance rates are approximately the same.
2.) DPMI Plus applications are due 2 months prior to the desired assignment start date. IPSS
applications are due approximately 8 months in advance (Example: March 31, 2010 for Spring
3.) DPMI Plus is best suited for MPA and IPS students within the development track or IEP students
specifically interested in working in a program management capacity for international
4.) Are there any others that you can add for IPSS?
For more information on DPMI Plus or IPSS, contact email@example.com or visit
http://go.miis.edu/dpmi or http://go.miis.edu/ipss.