GPS helped me find what I was looking for in a pathway for my future. I was looking for a concrete beginning to build my professional foundations, and that is what happened. I now have a great job, and I can only see growth for myself going forward.
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.
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.
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.
US 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Caitlin Spinelli Moore
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.
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.
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.
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