International Professionals Program

Enrollment for the International Professionals Program is open.

Do you qualify for IPP?

Are you a foreign-educated professional seeking meaningful 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.

About IPP

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.  

The 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.

“I am so grateful for IPP as now I have started working full time in the city in a professional role. I enjoy creative problem solving and really appreciate the impact I have had at my workplace.”
—Dominika, International Professionals Program graduate


Immigrant Fellowship Program

The Immigrant Fellowship Program connects employers to foreign-trained professionals for short-term, paid experiences in a variety of industries and professions.

Launched in Fall 2017 as a means of providing highly skilled staff to various City government departments, this initiative, in partnership with the City’s Office of Workforce Development, has now expanded to private employers with support by Philadelphia Works, Inc.

The Fellowship program offers:

  • 12-weeks of full-time, paid work experience for graduates of the International Professional Program
  • Ongoing support and coaching from WCNP to fellows and employer partners throughout the 12-weeks
  • Wage subsidy for private sector employer partners

If you are an employer interested in increasing your access to diverse talent, learn more about our opportunities for employers.

Why a Fellowship?

The Immigrant Fellowship Program provides meaningful U.S. work experience for IPP graduates in their field, combating an often-insurmountable hurdle to a professional career path.

Fellows have worked within the Streets Department, Office of Procurement, Office of Innovation and Technology and many more.  The City’s Department of Commerce is proud to have two graduates of the Immigrant Fellowship Program working in permanent positions. Aichetou Soumare, a finance professional with years of experience in small business development in Mauritania, is furthering Commerce’s community lending and immigrant-engagement strategies. Pierre- Olivier Lugez, a lawyer from France trained in international law and business, is expanding Commerce’s global reach as an International Business Manager.

Every member of the first two cohorts have leveraged their fellowship experience to secure permanent employment and 40% of the 15 graduates have secured positions within the City itself, solidifying this as a pipeline of diverse talent into hard-to-fill city positions and providing early evidence that even short-term U.S. experience is valuable.

The 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). 

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We have also published various career guides for international professionals. Check out our Publications section to read more.