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2019 Launching a Career in International Affairs

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Universities Aren’t Ready for Trade War Casualties
American schools have become dependent on Chinese student money.

BY  | MAY 19, 2019


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New Areas of Demand
for International Affairs Professionals

Introduction by Carmen Iezzi Mezzera, Executive Director, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (www.apsia.org)

Career opportunities in cities such as Washington, D.C., Tokyo, and Geneva are well known; but now, demand for an international affairs skill set is rising well beyond traditional epicenters.

State and local governments understand that global issues impact the security and prosperity of their citizens. Cross-cultural understanding, language skills, and a global perspective are vital for a range of public services: welcoming tourists, attracting foreign direct investment, bringing communities together, combating terrorism, and more.

Private companies, from start-ups to multinationals, need to navigate a rapidly changing global marketplace. They seek professionals with an understanding of the politics, economics, and cultures in different parts of the world and the analytical skills to assess risk in different markets.

As nonprofit organizations expand their monitoring and evaluation work, they need staff who can perform effective analyses, maintain flexibility, and make crucial connections—skills taught at leading schools of international affairs.

In the 2019 FP Guide to Launching a Career in International Affairs, you will learn about a variety of master’s degree programs and ways to open doors to promising international affairs career opportunities.


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Photo credits: top row center, Boston University, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies (students doing internships abroad); bottom row center, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (students)


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