After 4+ years, APSIA has finally published a comprehensive Career Guide for students seeking a career in International Affairs! The full guide is attached here:
2020 APSIA Career Guide-Final

Why International Affairs?

The world is interconnected. Trade; communication technologies; health and security concerns; our shared environment; and personal relationships tie us all together.

Careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors demand professionals who reflect and understand that interdependence. Graduate schools of international affairs help you to weave these different strands together — and set you apart from other candidates.

International affairs programs equip graduates with an understanding of regions, languages, and global trends. They provide skills in project management; problem solving; teamwork; and analysis. Cross-cultural training is not an add-on to the curriculum; rather, students live it every day as they mix with classmates from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Employers seek professionals who can find order in chaos; who can contextualize and connect ideas; who inspire others; who can create the future as the world changes around them. They are looking for international affairs graduates.

What is APSIA?

Created in 1989, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) is dedicated to the improvement of graduate education in international affairs. We work to strengthen and promote the leading schools of international affairs around the world. APSIA helps students, schools, organizations, and partners transform themselves into more effective agents of positive change.

For more information on APSIA, fellowship and scholarship ideas, inspirational stories about APSIA students and alumni, and more, visit

How Does the Guide Work?

The APSIA Career Guide offers an overview of different international affairs careers. Each section contains a high-level summary of a field, as well as example employers. It has tips and a look at some of the skills necessary to enter the field (in order of importance for each topic). Finally, it provides ways to continue learning.

The information provided here is far from an exhaustive. Some employers could be listed in more than one category, even though they will only appear once. We encourage you to go beyond our Guide using the suggested additional resources, as well as Google, Indeed, LinkedIn, your school’s career office and alumni network, and other tools.

A graduate degree can transform you in a more effective agent of change in the world. We hope this Guide helps you explore the many opportunities provided by a professional international affairs degree.

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