Students are encouraged to go beyond the classroom and around the world to explore international research and study abroad opportunities to become involved in a global academic community.
The International Studies program at Rutgers–Camden allows students to engage in global experiences without disrupting their personal lives. The unique program integrates periods of travel with regularly offered courses in the Rutgers–Camden curriculum. Each year, the program sponsors between five and 10 courses, working with academic departments and individual faculty members to extend the work of the classroom into a first-hand experience of cultural life around the world.
One of three master of public administration degree tracks offered by Rutgers–Camden, the IPSD concentration combines graduate-level studies in public policy and administration with coursework on community service, international development policy and administration, and nonprofit management. Students’ service training begins right here in Camden. They serve a year-long internship in North Camden at agencies like the Camden Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Respond, Inc., the Salvation Army, and Save Our Waterfront. The students’ work in an urban environment like Camden prepares them for what they will be doing overseas in the U.S. Peace Corps for two years or an alternative international assignment for one year. More than 120 Rutgers students have worked on Peace Corps placements since the program launched at Rutgers–Camden in 1987.
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from the U.S. Peace Corps director commending Rutgers–Camden.