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APSIA Guide to International Affairs Careers

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) International Careers Guide: Options in the Field


The Jackson School is a member of the APSIA network of schools around the world who are dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs and the advancement thereby of international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security. The Career Services offices at APSIA member schools collaborated to produce the International Careers Guide with the intent for it to serve as a resource in our students' career searches.

This International Careers Guide is available to current Jackson School undergraduate majors, current graduate students, and program alumni. To receive the password to view these documents, please contact JSIS Career Services.
How to Use the Guide:

The Guide is 110 pages total and addresses 29 career areas. While students are welcome to read the entire guide, we have separated it into entries by professional area for easy reference.

Each entry includes the following information: descriptions of the field, career paths, salary information, demand, minimum qualifications, sample employers, future challenges, publications, and resources.

The guide was written primarily for a graduate student audience, but it's information is also very relevant for undergraduates and recent alumni.
The guide is meant to provide an overview and a starting point for a career search. It is not comprehensive, so please do additional research.
The guide is not city or region-specific, but is more targeted to the broad US job market.
The guide was last published in 2006, so some of the information (salary information mainly) may have changed.

International Careers Guide: Options in the Field


Table of Contents

  • Associations
  • Capitol Hill
  • Consulting: Management & Strategic
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Energy
  • Environmental Policy/Program Management
  • European Commission
  • US Federal Government
  • Foundations
  • Government Relations / Lobbying
  • Human Resources Training & Development
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Aid & Relief
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • International Education
  • International Law
  • International Security
  • Investment Banking
  • Journalism
  • Marketing/ Sales
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Public Health & Nutrition
  • Public Relations
  • Science, Technology & Public Policy
  • Think Tanks
  • Trade Policy

For more information, visit:

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University of Washington
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Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director

Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant

Linda Cuadra, Graduate Student Assistant