IPD Ambassador Program

Share your experiences


The IPD Ambassador Program recognizes the contribution of alumni to IPD and helps build a community among IPD study abroad returnees. IPD Ambassadors serve as official volunteer representatives of the IPD office and advocate for study abroad within the Northwestern undergraduate community. 


  • Be a part of a community of fellow IPD study abroad alumni
  • Act as a mentor/adviser to prospective and outbound study abroad students and make significant contributions to the Northwestern study abroad community
  • Gain valuable experience for your résumé and professional development through skills such as marketing, event planning, and public speaking/presentation delivery
  • Provide feedback to IPD about your study abroad program to enact tangible change in your program


  • Attend IPD Program Ambassador group training in the fall or winter
  • Be available via email, phone, or in person to advise interested and outbound students on IPD study abroad and exchange programs
  • Participate in at least one IPD related event throughout the year: Study Abroad Fair, SummerFest, or other program-specific events and gatherings on campus

Additional Opportunities

We encourage, but do not require, IPD Ambassadors to become involved in the following ways: 

  • Coordinate and conduct general outreach through your on-campus and electronic networks, i.e. through Facebook, Twitter, student group and campus community involvement, etc.
  • Organize firesides, student panels, reunion events, student meetings, and other gatherings to present information on your IPD program and experience abroad
  • Participate in a focus group to provide feedback about your program to the Assistant Director of IPD Study Abroad
  • Make connections with and organize events for future study abroad students to share your experiences and answer any questions they may have before departing
  • Contribute alumni content to the IPD blogs


All ambassadors will be grouped by Program Type as well as Region. Additionally, IPD seeks ambassadors who can speak directly to their academic and extracurricular backgrounds and/or their personal identity and diversity as this is vey helpful for outbound students. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to self-identify their specialities in their application. 

Program Type:

  • IPD Specially-Designed Programs
  • Exchange Programs


  • Africa: South Africa & Tanzania
  • Americas: Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Mexico
  • Asia: China & Singapore
  • Europe: England, France, Germany, Italy, Serbia/Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey
  • Middle East: Israel & Qatar

Academic & Extracurricular Backgrounds:

  • First time traveler
  • Greek life
  • International student
  • Pre-med or pre-health
  • Student athlete
  • Transfer student

Identity & Diversity: 

  • Accessibility
  • First generation college students
  • Gender identity
  • LGBTQ identity
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Students with high financial need


  • Current Northwestern Undergraduate student willing to commit for the entire 2016-2017 academic year
  • Previous or current participation in an IPD Specially Designed or Exchange Program
  • Enthusiasm and passion for study abroad
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to holistically reflect upon and articulate your study abroad experiences in a professional, truthful, and responsible manner


Applications for Fall 2016 IPD students are open until Thursday, January 4, 2017. Apply now