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Students at APSIA member schools contribute to global peace, prosperity, and understanding even during the course of their programs.

They believe the world can be a better place – and they are prepared to do the hard work needed to actively bring about that brighter future.

APSIA students are ready to solve the world’s problems. They are flexible enough to navigate the world as it is now and in the future.

Learn about some of our students and their work to transform the world:

Ensuring students are ahead of the curve

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Working behind the scenes, GPS’s Professional Development Committee is dedicated to dreaming up how to make students stand out in the workforce

Interning near and far: Ford School student internships in 2016

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Read more about these and other policy-relevant internships at fordschool.umich.edu/careers-internships/field-reports

Why GPS: Genuine support for your future career

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As part of an ongoing series, we give students the creative liberty to opine on their favorite memories from the School and “why GPS” is a solid fit to pursue their graduate education

Bush School Students to Aid International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Eighteen students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University will aid that effort by designing and preparing proposals for the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

How I Learned Diplomacy Amidst Nuclear Tensions

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I recently participated in negotiations to solve a major global issue. And while I can’t say I was completely successful, significant headway was made.

Korbel Undergraduate Cameron Hickert Named a Schwarzman Scholar

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Cameron Hickert, an International Studies undergraduate at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, was named a Schwarzman Scholar earlier this year.

MA Candidate Ayesha Hamza wins Critical Language Scholarship

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Ayesha Hamza, a second-year International Studies MA candidate, was recently awarded the nationally competitive Critical Language Scholarship.

A leg up on Japanese language literacy

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Matthew Matsuyama, 2018 MIA candidate, spared time from his studies in Tokyo to opine on his Boren Fellowship, including how its readying him for a civil service career

Protecting the planet through fellowship

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Larissa Basso, a Ph.D. candidate at University of Brasilia, is visiting GPS on a Fulbright Fellowship to explore the politics of energy decarbonization under Professor David Victor

A day in the life of a Ph.D. candidate

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Through the eyes of Luke Sanford, learn what being a Ph.D. candidate in GPS’s joint program with the UC San Diego Department of Political Science entails today

Putting Global Studies to Work at the U.S. Treasury

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Andrew Watrous spent the summer of 2016 in Washington, DC, as a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow in International Relations. He was one of 30 students nationwide selected for the program.

Abele Award Winner Finds His Mission Where Two Roads Meet

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For Sanford MPP student Bahari Harris, having an impact on others’ lives is crucial.

PSIA: hearing from our Alumni.

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Hear from some of PSIA’s alumni about their unique student experiences at the school.

Our 2016-17 Dean’s Fellows

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Three students selected as GPS’s 2016-17 Dean’s Fellows share the experiences that qualify them for this special distinction

Students get a sneak peek at careers related to STEM

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Three students affirm GPS’s emphasis on quantitative methods positioned them for success in internships related to STEM, plus granted them confidence to pursue careers in the sector

Bush School Alexander Hamilton Society Wins Major Award

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Earlier this summer, the Bush School chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) received the award for “Most Improved Chapter” in the nation for the 2015-2016 school year.

Bush School Students Engage in Summer Internships, Language Immersions

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With financial support from the dean’s office, the Department of International Affairs, the Department of Public Service and Administration, and the Mosbacher and Scowcroft Institutes, Bush School stu

Jill Huang (MA 2015)

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Meet Jill Huang, a second year Johns Hopkins SAIS student from China. Jill is president of the Student Government Association and she is concentrating in China Studies.

Meet Marguerite “Mame” Tall (MIEF 2016)

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Meet Marguerite “Mame” Tall, a Master of International Economics and Finance (MIEF) student from Senegal.

Internship field report, Garcia @ International Labor Organization

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Early in the internship I helped organize a workshop for over 60 Labor Department officials to analyze and discuss the national challenges facing foreign-born workers in the labor market. Their anecdo

Graduate Student Pursues International and Personal Development

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Lauren Corke (GHD’16) describes her journey to the Global Human Development Program, through Peace Corps service in Africa to working on Professor Steven Radelet’s new book about the global poor.

Bernadette Hobson (MALAS’16) Pursues Energy Solutions in White House Internship

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Bernadette Hobson, MALAS’16, came to Washington, D.C., from California to pursue her passion for sustainable development in Mexico.

MASIA Graduate Alex Rued Appreciates Georgetown Faculty Investment in Students

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Alex Rued is a member of the 2016 Class of the Master of Arts in Asian Studies. She reflects on her time spent with “some of the world’s most brilliant and enthusiastic academics and practitioners.”

Faculty Mentors Inspired SSP Graduate Hijab Shah’s Time at Georgetown

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Hijab Shah is a member of the Security Studies Class of 2016. She reflected on her time in the program and the inspiration that she gained from SFS faculty mentors.

MAGES Graduate Ryan Millerick Feels Prepared For Global Private Sector Career

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Ryan Millerick is a member of the Class of 2016 in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies. He reflects upon his experiences exploring transatlantic studies in the School of Foreign Service.

Internship field report, Townsend in Hanoi

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I left my house in the dark this morning. The electricity went out at 7:30, which I later learned was because I made the very American mistake of having the air conditioner and hot water heater on at

Student researchers report on food insecurity and hunger in Austin for the Office of Sustainability

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LBJ School students released a report on food related issues in the Austin community in collaboration with the city’s Office of Sustainability.

Student Researchers Report U.S. Intelligence and Security Study Findings

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LBJ School students participated in a Policy Research Project that unearthed a broad range of attitudes regarding U.S. intelligence and resulted in various recommendations to improve intelligence.

LBJ Class Researches Open Aid Data Use in Uganda and Nepal

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In 2015, Dr. Catherine Weaver and 18 Master of Global Policy Studies students examined issues around the open data movement.

Meet Sid Ravishankar (MA 2017)

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Meet Sid Ravishankar, a rising 2nd year student concentrating in Strategic Studies with a minor in South Asia Studies.