Prospective Students

The Office of Career Services coordinates a set of professional development workshops, visits by recruiters, career exposure trips to major employers, and presentations, all organized around helping you make the transition from your academic studies to professional opportunities. Embedded in the academic objectives and outcomes of the School's curriculum, professional development at SIA is designed to help you think concretely and deeply about your internship and career objectives, strategies for achieving those objectives, and specific steps toward success in that process. The Office of Career Services will keep you informed of professional development activities as they occur, so that you can take advantage of those that will best serve your professional interests.

Our graduates find career success in a variety of venues, including international organizations; media organizations; federal, state, and local governments; consulting firms; higher education institutions; cultural and educational change organizations; policy research centers; development assistance programs; foundations; and multinational corporations. Our alumni is an ever-expanding set of networking opportunities, and the Career Services office works to connect current students with alumni through career information meetings, networking receptions, career exposure trips, and webinars.

SIA’s capstone requirement can be met either through a Master’s paper, or through an internship. Enrolled students who choose to pursue internships for capstone purposes have access to an expansive database of internship opportunities, to assist in identifying opportunities and starting the application processes.

SIA students have secured internships and career opportunities with a wide-range of organizations including:

  • The United Nations
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Embassies
  • The Marshall European Center for Security Studies
  • East-West Center
  • Woodrow Wilson Institute
  • Accenture
  • USAID
  • Mashavu Telemedicine Initiative
  • UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Bank of China

Additionally, SIA offers a variety of more formalized programs to assist in completing a Capstone internship:  SIA in WashingtonSIA in New York City, and the range of internship programs abroad. These programs work with on-site staff to secure internships on your behalf, arrange housing, and support you during your internship experience.

Services of the Office of Career Services are available to you throughout your time at SIA, starting at Fall Orientation of your first year, and continuing long after graduation. We will work with you as you discover your intellectual passions, explore related careers through professional development activities and internships, hone your applications, and secure your first positions. Some will choose to pursue further education after SIA, others will move directly into the professional world. Whatever direction you decide is right for you, the Office of Career Services will be there to support, assist and advise you.