Top employers: The US Agency for International Development (USAID), UN World Food Programme, and the US Environmental Protection Agency
Adam Norikane, SIS/MA ’07
My priority was to prevent a repeat of the devastating 2010 Somalian famine.
For the past two years, I helped lead the US government's drought response and famine prevention efforts to provide timely and appropriate food assistance throughout East Africa. As a career USAID Foreign Service Officer, I deploy to countries around the world to improve agricultural growth and combat malnutrition and hunger. This past year, I led our efforts to prevent famine in Somalia. The NRSD program prepared me for this work by introducing me to the complexities of aid architecture.
NRSD graduates work in a wide range of settings, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, the private sector, activist networks, think tanks, universities, and community groups. Our extensive alumni network is eager to help new graduates find positions.
Recent NRSD graduates have found jobs at employers including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Farm to School Network, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Afristar Foundation, and UN World Food Programme. Within six months of graduation, 89% of graduates are working or continuing graduate studies.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
Classes at UPeace are offered in English, as it is a highly international campus. However, the better your Spanish, the more you will get from your Costa Rica experience and the more flexibility you will have to find a meaningful summer internship. Therefore, we require students to take free, non-credit Spanish classes at American University in the fall and at UPeace in the spring. We strongly suggest that anyone with beginner-level Spanish take a course or on-tape classes during the summer before you matriculate. If you are truly fluent, attend the first class meeting so that our language instructor can certify your fluency. These classes are open only to NRSD students.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission. All NRSD students receive a small merit award.
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development students may choose to research other relevant fellowship opportunities.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.