Program Details

Students get firsthand field exposure to a multiplicity of perspectives, ideas, and people through orientation, field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions.
Beirut, Lebanon; London, United Kingdom; Warsaw, Poland
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Work Types:
Journalism, Law, Social Sciences

Program Overview

Program Description:

Open Society Foundations (OSF) are the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. The Foundations' Global Drug Policy Program works with policymakers, academics, and grassroots organizations to challenge and question the way the world approaches drugs and drug policy. Organizations supported through grants by the Global Drug Policy Program reinforce the mission statement of the program: to promote drug policies rooted in human rights, sustainable development, social justice, and public health. This summer, the Global Drug Policy Program is piloting its first IFP, a program that will reflect students' academic interests and motivations. Graduate students can apply for an internship in Europe with an NGO in London or a foundation in Warsaw, Poland, or in the Middle East with a treatment center in Beirut, Lebanon. With the help of the faculty advisor and host organization, students will carry out their own independent research project that focuses on the effects drugs have on international and cross-cultural issues such as human rights, gender expression, social justice, governance, public health, and development. Learn more about the Global Drug Policy Program.

Faculty Countries Chair: Kasia Malinowska

Begins: June 2020*

Ends: July 2020*

*Exact dates to be determined

  • Open to: Graduate students who have had previous experience living, studying, or working abroad
  • Language requirement: No language requirements apply.
  • Schools and programs: Open to graduate students in New School and other universities
  • Lodging: Will be identified by host organizations
  • Concentrations: All concentrations in International Affairs are applicable to this program.
  • Course requirements: Global Drug Policy and Global Drug Policy Lab
Setting Description:
Since its inception in 2002, hundreds of students have participated in our signature International Field Program (IFP) in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The IFP is a platform for emerging practitioners and researchers to gain experience in the field within an academic environment.
$5,130 USD. Tuition, 3 or 6 credits: The cost per credit depends on your program within The New School. For students outside of The New School, tuition is based on the International Affairs per-credit cost. Please email with questions about specific program costs. Tuition, noncredit: There is a $5,130 flat fee for those who wish to participate in the IFP without earning academic credits.

Additional Program Information

The IFP is open to Master's and Ph.D. students, undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors), and continuing education professionals from all fields and areas of study. The program is open to both New School and non-New School applicants.
Scholarships Description:
Many study-abroad scholarships are available through various external organizations. It is worthwhile researching and applying for scholarships on your own.

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