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NEW EDITION: Careers in International Affairs

We are excited to announce the publication of the latest edition of Careers in International Affairs. Following in a great MSFS tradition, this is an up-to-date version of an important resource for anyone interested in exploring careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of international affairs.
Congratulations to MSFS alums Laura Cressey, Barrett Helmer and Jen Steffensen for their great contributions and for assembling an amazing group of authors!
Careers in International Affairs
Ninth Edition
Laura E. Cressey, Barrett J. Helmer, and Jennifer E. Steffensen, Editors
This is the essential resource and job-hunting guide for all those interested in international careers in the US government, multinational corporations, banks, consulting companies, international and nongovernmental organizations, the media, think tanks, universities, and more. Careers in International Affairs, now in its ninth edition, provides up-to-date insights about the range of possibilities in the global workplace and tips on how to get these jobs—along with profiles of hundreds of important employers.This helpful guide includes a directory of more than 250 organizations who offer internationally oriented jobs such as the US Department of State, CIA, United Nations, World Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Google, McKinsey & Company, and dozens more. The book also includes insightful testimonies about what these careers are really like from both junior and senior professionals in these fields. Careers in International Affairs gives advice on academic paths that will prepare students for demanding international careers and guidance on how to write resumes, interview for jobs, network, and maintain their online profile.Published in cooperation with the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, the oldest school of international affairs in the United States, Careers in International Affairs will encourage job seekers to consider their goals and talents, widen their horizons to consider new possibilities, and help them realize that their future can hold several careers, while reminding all that it is never too early—or too late—to consider the realm of opportunities that await them throughout the world.

Laura E. Cressey was formerly the internship coordinator at the Masters of Science in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She has worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, and is currently an employee of the Department of State. Barrett J. Helmer and Jennifer E. Steffensen are graduates of the Masters of Science in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University.

“An invaluable resource to those students who are eager to use their international relations training productively. It is respected by those who teach, those who employ, and those who want jobs . . . a trifecta!”—Madeleine K. Albright, Michael and Virginia Mortara Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University; former US Secretary of State, reviewing a previous edition or volume
Table of Contents
Laura E. Cressey

I. Strategies

1. Preparing for Your Career
Education, Coursework, and Internships
Laura E. Cressey
Overseas Experience
Jennifer E. Steffensen
Notes from the Field: Gaining Overseas Experience Through the Peace Corps
Michael Brannagan
Considering Graduate School
Barrett J. Helmer
Considering a Fellowship
Maryam Hensen

2. Marketing Yourself

Resumes and Cover Letters
Lisa A. Keathley
Personal Narrative and Online Presence
Anne M. Steen and Nicolette Pizzitola
Laura E. Cressey
Anne M. Steen

II. The International Job Market: Types of Employers3. The United States GovernmentCareer in the Executive Branch
Nicole Melcher
Notes from the Field: Department of Energy
Rhiannon Davis
Notes from the Field: Presidential Management Fellow
Karen Courington
Careers in the US Foreign Service
Lisa Kubiske
Notes from the Field: US Foreign Service
Robin Dunnigan
Careers on Capitol Hill
Brent Woolfork
Notes from the Field: Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Mary DeBree
Careers in Development Agencies
Taylor Stager
Notes from the Field: USAID
Alexandra Riboul
Careers in Intelligence
David A. Gutschmit

4. International Organizations
Careers in the United Nations
Izumi Nakamitsu
Notes from the Field: UN Office on Drugs and Crime
Cheikh Ousmane Toure
Careers in International Organizations Outside the UN
Ernest J. Herold
Notes from the Field: International Organization for Migration
Shilpa Nadhan
Careers in International Financial Institutions
Alexandra Pugachevsky
Notes from the Field: International Finance Corporation
Thomas Pellerin

5. Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)

Careers in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance NGOs
David A. Weiss
Notes from the Field: Pact, Inc.
Maggie Dougherty
Careers in Democracy and Human Rights NGOs
Courtney C. Radsch
Notes from the Field: National Democratic Institute
Sarah Moran
Careers in Public Health, Educational, and Environmental NGOs
Sharon Rudy and Suzanne Petroni
Notes from the Field: Center for Clean Air Policy
Michael Comstock

6. International Banking and Finance
Careers in International Banking
Hernan Narea
Notes from the Field: Barclays
Richard Gallivan

7. International Business
Private Sector Changes Since 2008
Barrett J. Helmer
Careers in Multinational Corporations
Miguel Estien
Notes from the Field: Target Corporation
Jill Johnson
Sloan Mann
Notes from the Field: CrowdHall
Jordan Menzel
Careers in Contracting
Rich Millies
Notes from the Field: CENTRA Technology, Inc.
Mathew Cahill
Careers in Government Relations
Lisa M. Barry
Careers in Lobbying and Advocacy
Jonathan Huneke
Notes from the Field: US Chamber of Commerce
John Murphy8. Consulting
Careers in Management and Strategy Consulting
Audrey Bracey Deegan
Notes from the Field: McKinsey & Company
Marc A. Sorel
Careers in Risk and Security Consulting
Jackie Day
Notes from the Field: Eurasia Group
Ayham Kamel
Careers in Development Consulting
Kaia Miller
Notes from the Field: Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Shyam Sundaram
Careers in Business Consulting
Rebecca Bou Chebel-Macmillan
Notes from the Field: APCO Worldwide
Anna Tunkel

9. Universities, Research Institutes, and Think Tanks
Careers in Universities
Laura J. Mitchell
Considering a PhD
Laura J. Mitchell
Notes from the Field: Georgetown University
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
Careers in Research Institutes and Think Tanks
Kevin Massy

10. Media
Careers in Media
Sujata Thomas
Notes from the Field: Bloomberg News
Allen Wan
Notes from the Field: Wall Street Journal
Rima Abushakra

III. Directory of Organizations
Barrett J. Helmer and Jennifer E. Steffenson


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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.