2019 Launching a Career in International Affairs
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.
- 2019 Launching a Career in International Affairs
- UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
- Boston University, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
- New York University School of Professional Studies, Center for Global Affairs
- SOAS University of London
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