International Professionals Program
Do you qualify for IPP?
Are you a foreign-educated professional seeking professional 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 8 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.
Hesitating on whether you should apply for IPP? Or not sure if you qualify? Don’t worry! Fill out the application form and we will get in touch with you.
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.
Watch IPP graduate, Yulia, talk about why she joined IPP and how the program helped her.
Immigrant Fellowship Program
The Immigrant Fellowship Program offers graduates of the IPP an opportunity to connect to real-world, paid experiences in their field. In Fall 2017, the Welcoming Center and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Workforce Development launched the program to assist in providing meaningful U.S. work experience for IPP participants, while also providing highly skilled staff to various city departments. The program has now also expanded to private employers.
The fellowship is comprised of: Three cohorts a year – scheduled for Fall, Spring, and Summer; A 12-week paid fellowship; Minimum of 30 hours per week; Project-based assignments; Ongoing support from coaches at the Welcoming Center; Various professional development and networking events through the fellowship.
If you are a private sector employer looking to hire fellows, learn more about our opportunities for employers.