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Global: Career Benefits

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“The International Media program’s combination of theoretical and practical coursework, coupled with American University’s world class professors and resources, has been invaluable to me. The program gives you the knowledge and skills required for a successful international career. Being an International Media MA graduate has benefited me both professionally and personally, and I have enjoyed my time in the program immensely.”

          – Ferenc Koszorus, MA '11 in International Media

Alumni in the Workforce

International Media alum and associate director at the Center for Social Media Angelica Das conducted research on the media landscape of Washington, D.C. for her capstone. She created a visual representation of media by layering all outlets that serve the District in Google Maps. The map is publicly available and was updated and published in a study by the New America Foundation, "An Information Community Case Study: Washington, D.C."

Research and Learning Centers

In addition to the Centers housed at SOC, International Media students are encouraged to take full advantage of the SIS partnership by partaking in opportunities for study through projects and research centers at SIS, each specializing in a particular area within the field of international affairs.

Access to Faculty Expertise

Students in the Global Media program are uniquely situated to draw upon the expertise of faculty in two distinctive schools.   Faculty at the school of communication bring years of professional experience, having worked as award winning filmmakers, journalists, political strategists, and more.  SIS, the largest school of international affairs in the United States, boasts an internationally renowned faculty of top academics.

Mentoring Program

SOC’s unique mentoring program is bridging the gap between the classroom and the professional world as students prepare for future careers in communication. Each year, about 30 of the top applicants are selected to participate in this unique opportunity where students are paired with top alumni in the field for career advice. Whether it is counseling mentees on their future career goals, sharing tips to improve resumes and portfolios or helping students land internships and job opportunities, professional mentors are an invaluable source of knowledge and experience for students. Read more


Internships are a way of life at SOC. The School of Communication offers students the opportunity to get course credit for one internship but most students have two or three, thanks to faculty and alumni who share their professional contacts.