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2021 Charting a Career Path in Global Affairs

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HANDS-ON LEARNING experiences are popular offerings these days at international affairs graduate schools because they help satisfy employers, which place higher value on real-world know-how.

Top schools featured in this FP Guide offer a range of experiential learning: study trips, practicum courses, and internships. Another experience is a lab that places students into cross-disciplinary teams working directly for an organization, aiming to tackle an objective or solve a problem. Another is a fellowship that assigns teams of students to draft policy recommendations for officials in the military or diplomatic government agencies. Topics range from building US leadership in Afghanistan to reviving traditional crafts in the Middle East.

A separate creative curricular approach is requiring that the first course for new students is about race, power, and inequality—to better equip graduates to lead on these issues in an evolving policy landscape.

Other pathways that allow students to chart a fulfilling career path include:

George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government
International Commerce and Policy Program Offers Online, In-Person Flexibility

Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Students Learn Skills Through Immersion in a Real-World Project

Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies
A Newly Flexible Program for a Changing World

Princeton University, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are Central to Public Service

Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Hands-On Programs Offer Authentic Public Policy Experiences

University of Notre Dame, Keough School of Global Affairs
At the Integration Lab, Practical Experience Is a Must

Indiana University, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
Cultural Fluency a Core Focus of International Affairs Degree

Texas A&M University, The Bush School of Government and Public Service
One-Year Program Offers Intensive Study for Experienced Professionals

Carnegie Mellon University, Institute for Politics and Strategy
Making Graduate Education—and Real-World Experience—Very Personal



Circle photos: Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; Carnegie Mellon University, Institute for Politics and Strategy

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