The goal of the MSFS program is to give each student an excellent education and assist them in leveraging the resources available to them through the School of Foreign Service. While at MSFS, students develop a multi-pronged approach toward building a challenging and rewarding career after graduation, which is based upon creating their own personal network of career advocates both on and off campus. Both curricular and extra-curricular activities are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills that can be applied over a lifetime. In addition, the Program offers students a number of services to help them launch their careers, whether they are interested in pursuing a job in the private sector, with government (U.S. or foreign), or within non-profit or multilateral organizations.
Our international graduates from the Class of 2011 found themselves working in all sectors, including the private sector, in foreign governments, and for international organizations. A sample of some of the workplaces include: the European Union; the Governments of Bhutan, Peru, Poland and Turkey; the World Bank; Barclays Wealth Management; the Inter-American Development Bank; the International Finance Corporation; Caritas; Kroll Consulting; Proximity Designs; the United Nations Foundation; SunEdison; and Knights Investment Group, among others.
MSFS has two staff members dedicated to providing students with advice and assistance in finding internships and full-time employment after graduation. Staff members meet with students individually and organize career and sector events. In addition, students often draw upon the guidance of faculty members, staff, and alums in expanding their professional networks and furthering their career search.
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- Internships: The MSFS Internship Coordinator helps MSFS students find part- or full-time work during the school year and summer that will fulfill their MSFS internship requirement while complementing their graduate education through developing professional skills and experience and expand their network of contacts. This past summer, 90 percent of the graduating class of 2012 interned; some decided to stay and work locally, while others found work abroad in locations such as: Austria, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua and Rwanda.
- Career Development: MSFS graduates are around the world pursuing careers in a wide variety of organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. MSFS graduates have profoundly different interests and expertise, as demonstrated by the diverse number of employers that hire our graduates every year. Over 96 percent of the Class of 2011 is pursuing further education or employed by more than 65 employers from around the world. Information on employment outcomes from past years is also available.
- Career Center: In addition to our own in-house career services, MSFS students and alumni are able to draw upon the vast resources of the School of Foreign Service Graduate Career Development Center (GCDC). The GCDC provides advice and assistance to graduate students and alums in MSFS as well as the seven other SFS graduate programs and the Government Department. MSFS and GCDC staff work closely together to maximize our resources and provide students the best guidance possible.
- Activities: MSFS hosts a number of exclusive events throughout the year to introduce students to successful practitioners and potential employers in the field of international affairs, including alumni presentations, guest speakers brought in by our concentration chairs, a series of "DC Career Days" and our annual "NYC Career Trip." Other activities include the Link Up Program and alumni visits.
- Careers in International Affairs: The award-winning guidebook published by Georgetown School of Foreign Service is an excellent resource for students seeking more information about organizations involved in international affairs. The updated Careers in International Affairs guidebook will be available in 2013.