The Asian Studies Program strongly emphasizes career development for the M.A. Asian Studies students. The creation of Georgetown University’s M.A. Asian Studies degree was intended to train and develop the next generation of leading Asia specialists. As a result, the leadership team at the Asian Studies Program works closely with current students to help them enjoy a meaningful education and to assist them in their pursuit of their professional objectives.
The Asian Studies Program offers in-house professional development events to prepare students for their current internships/work experience along with their post-Georgetown graduation plans. Current students have participated in opportunities such as the Asian Studies Speed Networking night, “Lunch with the Ambassador” series, MASIA Career Strategy Group, etc. Opportunities for MASIA students is without limit given Georgetown’s location in America’s center of international relations. Asian Studies staff members regularly update students with upcoming on-campus and off-campus programming.
Students meet with the Supervisor of Academic Programs for 30 minute sessions each semester to discuss their professional objectives and on-going preparation to meet such goals. Students are also welcome to meet with the Supervisor of Academic Programs throughout the year to discuss internship/fellowship/career planning, academic issues, and campus life. Additionally, Georgetown faculty are not only accomplished academics and practitioners, but they are a wealth of information and contacts for current students interested in government service, diplomacy, business, think-tank research, non-profit work, and academia. MASIA students study under top faculty who are leading academics and practitioners in their field, and they benefit greatly from receiving an education that combines the necessary tools of theory and practice. One of the many benefits of the MASIA curriculum is that students can largely tailor their education to their future objectives as the program’s requirements offer multiple relevant choices within the required options.
The faculty and staff at the Asian Studies Program delight in the success of the students. Current MASIA students have been successful in landing valuable internships with the U.S. State Department, CSIS, the Stimson Institute, consulting firms, and other leading organizations in the Washington, DC area and around the world.
Focus on Asia
The Asian Studies Program seeks educate the next generation of Asia experts in all fields. To support this mission, Asian Studies emphasizes career and Ph.D. preparation through specialized events with guest speakers that target students unique interests in advanced academic study, the private sector, and the public sector.
Graduate School of Foreign Service (GSFS) Career Development Center
The Asian Studies Program also works closely with the Graduate School of Foreign Service (GSFS) Career Development Center, which serves as an invaluable resource for MASIA students. The Center offers daily walk-in hours during the academic year for students to ask their quick questions. Students are also able to schedule 30 minute appointments to meet with one of the Center’s professional counselors. To assist graduate students with vital skills such as interviewing, networking, salary negotiation, social media, the Center offers regularly scheduled career workshops. Every two weeks during the school year, the Center’s e-newsletter featuring several upcoming employer sessions, internship postings, workshops, off-campus events and more is sent to MASIA students. The Career Center manages the Symplicity database; this online portal is regularly updated with new jobs, internships, and fellowships. Students are also welcome to post their resume onto Symplicity for employers to review. Given the experience of SFS alumni, it is not uncommon for students to find their first post-Georgetown job through this source.
Cawley Career Education Center and Other Career Centers
The Cawley Career Education Center is another office that offers MASIA students with numerous career development resources. The Career Education Center works closely with the GSFS Career Development Center to offer students the following services: on-campus recruitment, career fairs, alumni connections, US Government employer information sessions, and workshops.
Georgetown University also features career development offices at the McDonough School of Business, the Graduate Public Policy Institute, and the Law Center. MASIA students will want to focus their attention to the GSFS Career Development Center, but career events at any of the Georgetown career centers may be open to MASIA students.