M.A. in International Studies

Other Resources and Useful Websites

The University of Washington and the Jackson School have a variety of resources to ensure your experience is positive, healthy, educational, and expansive. Please find a brief list of resources available to students below. If you have any questions about these or any other resources available to students, please contact the Graduate Program Adviser.


Career Services

The Jackson School Career Services office helps students connect their academic interests to internships, training, and future careers. It provides support through advising, exploratory and skill-building workshops, panels, networking opportunities, internship support, maintaining a job board, and arranging an annual mentor program.


The PolSci/JSIS/LSJ/GWSS Writing Center assist at all points of the writing process – from brainstorming to the final draft – so that your written work clearly and effectively communicates your ideas. They also help students write strong thesis statements, make persuasive arguments, use evidence to support your claims, use proper citation practices, understand the expectations of your assignment, and learn disciplinary writing norms. The Center can also provide feedback about major applications, cover letters, internship applications, fellowship applications, etc.

Get Connected

Looking for another way to join the Jackson School community? Get connected to our latest news, events, info sessions, and job opportunities through our online media channels.

You can sign up for weekly general Jackson School event emails. For a Jackson School quarterly newsletter round-up that goes out to the wider community, sign-up here.

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Outreach Centers

The University of Washington has 14 outreach centers all housed here at the Jackson School. These centers provide opportunities for educators, students, and the community to learn about the world. Some of them have specific scholarship opportunities and other resources that may be useful.


The Writing Center

The UW writing centers are staffed by tutors who provide students with customized guidance on writing projects. They are able to help students understand fully what any given assignment is asking them to do; plan how to complete all assignments; and execute that plan from the initial writing of research notes through submission of the final draft.


UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity: The UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) (MGH 325) works to increase diversity on campus and enrich the collegiate experience of all UW students, faculty, and staff. They offer services including academic support programs, financial aid counseling and opportunities, and social activities.

Q Center: The UW Q Center (HUB 315) is a fierce, primarily student-run resource center dedicated to serving anyone with or without a gender or sexuality – UW students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. They host and support student groups, program events, house a lending library, and amplify student voices on the Student Blog.

Disability and d/Deaf Cultural Center (or D Center): The UW D Center (HUB 327) is a space where students can study, organize, rest and attend events and programs focusing on supporting and celebrating disability and D/deaf communities at the UW and beyond! Throughout the year the D Center hosts events, programs and workshops focusing on supporting and celebrating UW disability and D/deaf communities.


Disability Resources for Students (MGH 011) is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities. They currently work with over 3000 students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory, or psychological disabilities. If you need specific accommodations or services, the DRS is able to liaise with faculty and staff to ensure your needs are met. We also encourage students with disabilities to speak with the Graduate Program Coordinator about any concerns they have so that we can work together to develop strategies to help ensure success in the program.

Safety, Health and Wellness

At the Jackson School, we recognize that you do your best work when you also prioritize your physical and mental health. The following resources are just a few of those available to UW students. If you have a specific issue that is not addressed by any of the resources below, please reach out to the GPA for assistance.

Health & Wellbeing: UW Student Well-being houses all UW Seattle safety, health, and wellness resources in one place, containing all the resources below and more. If you do not know where to go, this is the best place to start.

SafeCampus: UW Safecampus works with campus partners to keep the community safe. Safecampus acts as the central point of communication and the coordinating unit for violence mitigation across campus. They deal with issues of conflict resolution, self-harm, relationship violence, suicide, and Title IX.

Their website provides resources to the entire UW community, particularly students, to address these issues. If you feel unsafe, you should call 206-685-7233, a number available 24/7.

Hall Health: UW Seattle students are eligible for a number of health services including medical advice from the consulting nurse, drop-in care for mental health concerns, one subsidized medical visit per quarter, and many more at the Hall Health Center at no cost. They are located on campus almost directly behind Thomson Hall.

Counseling Center: The Counseling Center in Schmitz Hall offers multiple options for students seeking help coping with stress and mental health concerns. All UW Seattle students in degree-seeking programs are eligible for their services.

If you are experiencing a psychological crisis outside of their working hours and cannot wait until they open, Crisis Connections, a local non-profit, has a hotline at 866-427-4747.

Intramural Activities (IMA): The UW IMA has a variety of recreation facilities including swimming pools, driving ranges, exercise rooms, recreation fields, basketball courts, and more to help students stay physically fit. As a UW student, you have access to these facilities.

Technology and Computers

The Jackson School Graduate Student Lounge has several computers and a printer available for your use. Printing costs in the lounge are cheaper than elsewhere on campus. To add money to your account, see Mark Haslam on the 4th floor of Thomson Hall in the IT office.

All Library computers offer word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics applications, and access to the Internet. The resources listed below provide additional computing services. See DawgPrints for information.

UW Information Technology: Housed on the second floor of Odegaard Library, UW IT provides technology support to all three campuses. They also offer free trainings on software including Adobe InDesign, Excel, HTML, Audacity and Podcasting, Adobe Illustrator, iMovie, and Accessible Document Creation.

The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS): The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences is a computer resource center providing facilities and support for social science departments at the University of Washington, including JSIS. CSSS facilities are restricted to use by students, faculty, and staff of the University of Washington. CSSS’s labs are located on the first floor of Savery Hall.

CSSS offers trainings and consultation services for social science students conducting quantitative and qualitative research requiring data management. Their computers have the following non-exhaustive list of software installed: ArcGIS, ATLAS.ti, Audacity, Crimson Editor, Eclipse, Emacs, MATLAB, Python, R, SPSS, Stata, and Tableau Public. They offer regular trainings in ATLAS.ti, Python, R, Stata, and others.

The Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology: The Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology is a community of scholars that develops new demographic measures and methods, advances knowledge about population dynamics, generates new data and evidence to support population science, and trains the next generation of demographers.

CSDE offers workshops on Spatial Data Analysis, R, GIS, Python, Stata, Coordinate Systems, and other software. Please see their website for up to date information on workshop offerings. CSDE is located in Raitt Hall 206.

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate is the official student government representing the 15,000 graduate and professional students at the University of Washington. GPSS provides and advocates for the tools needed to enhance personal and professional development, and safeguards the interests of the students it represents.