Professional Development

Professional development is a central component of the MA program in International Relations.

Our graduates are well prepared for careers in several sectors: international organizations (including a variety of UN agencies); government agencies (in the U.S. and internationally); non-profit or non-governmental organizations (from think tanks to human rights groups to disaster-relief agencies); and international business.

The program supports students in their career advancement in several ways. This focus is embedded in the curriculum. Our MA requirements include a semester-long Professional Development Seminar as well as an internship with an approved organization. Program faculty and staff work in partnership with NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development and with our student-led International Relations Association to provide programs and services shaped to meet student needs.

Ongoing programs and services include:

  • Individual Career Counseling at the program offices or at the Wasserman Center.
  • Three “Career Conversations” per semester with a visiting professional. This is an opportunity to discuss career concerns and needs in an informal, supportive atmosphere, and to develop crucial networking skills and other vital tools for career advancement.
  • Bi-monthly Career Updates, with information on upcoming events, internship and job opportunities, online career resources, suggested readings and more.

In addition to the wealth of career development workshops and seminars offered by the Wasserman Center, the student-led IR Association and the IR program offer a variety of special events, including panel discussions featuring recruiters, accomplished professionals in diverse fields, program alumni and current students sharing their own internship experiences with their peers.