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SPExS GPS Passakorn Inthanil

Passakorn Inthanil, Fall 2016
International Affairs

"GPS certainly helped me to be more successful professionally. The workshops, especially the writing skills workshop helped me to be a better writer. Moreover, my credits transferred to graduate school, saving me some time and money." READ MORE

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Alexandria Anderson, Spring 2016
International Affairs

"If you're looking to transition into the field of International Affairs and do important work in some of the nation's most prominent international organizations, GPS can be your way in. America University is an amazing way to start your career in DC and is home to some of the best international studies-related graduate programs in the country." READ MORE


Achim Braunsteffer, Fall 2015
Global Business & Trade

"The combination of internship and seminars is unique. My aim was to challenge myself and experience the best of both worlds during my semester abroad because I would like to work in the US some day. In my view, the city, the support of the staff and various internship opportunities make the program particularly attractive." READ MORE

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Frederic Sottnick, Fall 2015
U.S. Politics & Policy

"If someone is interested in moving to DC, joining government, or diving into politics I suggest they participate in GPS. If I did not participate in this program, I would not be where I am today!"

SPExS GPS Lindsey Depasse

Lindsey DePasse, Fall 2015
International Affairs

"Graduate Professional Studies was an invaluable opportunity which provided a helping hand in navigating a career shift in international affairs as well as acclimating into the expectations of graduate school-level work. By the end of the program I had an entire new group of international friends and colleagues and had solidified my next step post-GPS graduation. My choice in sticking around AU to pursue my master's degree really says it all." READ MORE

SPExS GPS Marcus Pfeiffer

Marcus Pfeiffer, Fall 2015
International Affairs

"Always having been crazy about International Affairs, the GPS program was the perfect opportunity to get an overview about all relevant theories and topics in this field. The fascinating atmosphere of DC, all the inspiring professors and especially my amazing classmates with their outstanding characters let my personality grow during this unforgettable semester!" READ MORE

SPExS GPS Micaela Coleman

Micaela Coleman, Spring 2015
Global Business & Trade

"[Through GPS] I conducted and contributed to original and unique research; met with thought leaders and power players within my industry; was afforded a once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity to Silicon Valley; and given access to an unparalleled network of faculty, staff and the greater AU community." READ MORE

GPS Student, Allan Saunders, Fall 2014

Allan Saunders, Fall 2014
International Affairs

"For me, GPS was an obvious choice as it allowed me to have a taste of both the academic and professional future following graduation. At that time, I wasn't sure which route I would take. While graduate school called to me in many ways, I also had a profound desire to get started in my professional life." READ MORE

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Pragati Chengappa, Fall 2014

"When I was done with my undergraduate degree, I felt like I was at a crossroads and I was unsure of what the next move should be. The idea of interning full-time while also doing full-time graduate classes appealed to me because it seemed like a great way to test the waters and figure out whether I wanted to continue with my studies, or enter the work force." READ MORE

Caitlin Moore

Caitlin Spinelli Moore, Spring 2014
International Affairs

"As someone looking to make a career transition, Graduate Professional Studies gave me a great opportunity to explore a new field, hear from experts, and decide if grad school was the right next step for me." READ MORE

Jason Mumma

Jason Mumma, Fall 2012
International Affairs

"After graduating early from Beloit College with a B.A. in International Relations, I knew that I wanted to move to the Washington, D.C. area. I decided to attend American University’s Graduate Professional Studies in the winter term of 2012 because it was an excellent option for me to “land on my feet.” It certainly did that, and far exceeded my most optimistic expectations." READ MORE

Ginny Coats

Ginny Coats, Fall 2010
US Politics & Policy

"I thank AU's Graduate Professional Studies for serving as the launchpad for my post-college academic and professional careers. If you're seeking an extremely fulfilling experience to boost your competitiveness as a job applicant or masters degree candidate, look no further." READ MORE