MIS in Action

Students in the Master of International Service program come from all sectors—government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations—and many countries around the world. Our students embrace their diverse backgrounds, which enhance class discussions and the academic experiences of all of our MIS students. Together, they build on the foundations of their knowledge and skills, learn from one another and from faculty, and endeavor toward their career goals.

On-Campus Immersion

One of our most valuable program components is the opportunity to connect with classmates and faculty, build lasting and professional relationships, and develop real-world skills that directly apply to students' professional lives. To foster this development, all Master of International Service students participate in an on-campus immersion weekend as part of their curriculum requirements. Offered in the spring and the fall, immersion provides students the opportunity to:

  • join their classmates and peers in-person to actively expand their networks
  • work with professionals on branding their career and develop a professional strategy
  • personally engage with leaders in the international community
  • network at high-performing international relations organizations in the nation's capital

Executive Leadership

During the immersion weekend, students will also have the opportunity to participate in the first half of our required Executive Leadership course, a hybrid course divided between a period of immersion and once-a-week online classes during the semester. In this highly interactive class, students will deliberate topics such as decision-making, ethical leadership, strategic communication, teamwork, emotional intelligence, leading multi-cultural workforces, and change and crisis management. They will have an opportunity to gain insight on their leadership strengths, challenges that may be impeding their effectiveness, and ways of creating leadership impact.

Get Involved Graduate Student Council

The SIS Graduate Student Council (GSC) is committed to providing professional development, advocating for graduate students, and building a school-wide community. GSC provides opportunities to graduate students to plan and participate in social and professional development events, serve on school committees, advocate for themselves and their peers, and generally have their voices heard in the SIS administration. With a team of senators representing the various programs at the School of International Service and a dedicated Executive Council, the GSC strives to be a leader both inside and outside American University. Contact the GSC at ausisgsc@gmail.com