International Professionals Program
Are you a foreign-educated professional seeking professional employment? Even with a high level of English and a degree from a foreign university, it can be hard to find employment.
If you are unemployed or underemployed, live in Philadelphia, and have work-authorization, join our program designed to build the skills you need to secure professional employment in the U.S.
After 9 weeks of intensive training, you will have the skills and confidence to apply to and interview for professional jobs. For an additional 6 months, you will work closely with our team to connect to employment opportunities and we will provide career coaching along the way. Some of the subjects covered: resume writing, researching employers and applying for jobs, interviewing successfully, building a professional network, and designing an action plan for your career.
IPP addresses brain waste in Philadelphia. More than 40% of the immigrants seeking our services have at least a college degree from their home countries. Many are unemployed or underemployed, working in low-wage jobs. This program is helping highly skilled immigrants actualize their full potential and informing the emerging field of skilled immigrant integration on a national level.
Welcoming Center is one of only a handful of organizations in the U.S. addressing the issue of skilled immigrant integration, and IPP is the only program in the tristate region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. IPP is funded by Philadelphia Works Inc.
Immigrant Fellowship Program
Since its launch in 2014, IPP has attracted a diverse group of foreign-trained professionals. In order to assist these highly skilled individuals in finding employment, we have partnered with the City of Philadelphia – one of Philadelphia’s largest employers – to help IPP graduates find professional jobs. On September 12, 2017, we launched the Immigrant Fellowship Program in partnership with the Department of Commerce.
The program is a 12-week paid, part-time, and project based fellowship experience throughout the City of Philadelphia’s various agencies with the intention of providing immigrant professionals with the U.S. work experience they need to obtain full-time employment. The pilot launched in fall 2017 and we anticipate to be able to offer this opportunity to IPP program graduates in the future.
Welcoming Center and Department Commerce staff with city fellows (seated left to right): Annelyn Grellier (Innovation & Technology), Aichetou Soumaré (Commerce), Yaniv Gal (Licenses & Inspections), Pierre-Olivier Lugez (Commerce).