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2020 Launching a Career in International Affairs

Florida International University,
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

School in the Multicultural City of Miami Prepares Students for Global Careers

Students at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs have the kind of big career aspirations that match their location in a large, global city.

“There is a determination to do well here,” says John F. Stack Jr., the school’s founding dean. “Our students come from all over the hemisphere, and many have overcome multiple challenges. They have come to make something of themselves, and there is a fire in their belly.”

Students can take advantage of the services of the Green School’s Career and Talent Development Office, which include practical career-building skills, self-branding, and preparing a standout résumé. A mock job interview in the first semester is a graded assignment, and students are dispatched to interview professionals in their chosen field of work about how they forged their career path. Students gain important job skills through internships, fellowships, study abroad, volunteer work, leadership roles in clubs and service organizations, and shadow programs with employers. In addition, the career office organizes professional development seminars each semester. In one seminar, the US State Department Diplomat in Residence described career opportunities at the State Department and gave students tips for strengthening their writing skills.

“Our students come from all over the hemisphere, and many have overcome multiple challenges. They have come to make something of themselves, and there is a fire in their belly.” –John F. Stack Jr., Founding Dean, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs, Florida International University

The school benefits from its location in the multilingual, multinational city of Miami. Thirty-one percent of students come from outside the United States.

Specialized Green School academic programs include African and African Diaspora Studies, Asian Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies and the Václav Havel Program on Human Rights and Diplomacy, one of the few programs of its kind in the United States. The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center are among the best in the country for their specialties.

Accelerated programs allow students to graduate faster with two degrees in the same field, and joint programs allow students to earn two degrees in related fields.

These specialized programs develop ties with employers in Washington, DC, and the school cultivates a DC-based alumni association with 3,000 members, Stack says. In addition to heading the Green School, he is a professor of politics and international relations and law at Florida International University.

“We want our students to be well-rounded,” Stack says. “They have grit and determination and continue to push themselves once they graduate and pursue their careers.”

Graduates have found jobs in cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Washington, DC, as well as around the world, working in federal and municipal governments, international organizations, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations.

Career Services
https://sipa.fiu.edu/academics/careers/index.html

Contact
neleon@fiu.edu, 305-348-7911
abuendia@fiu.edu, 305-348-4888