Ms. Julia Schulteis is a graduate student in International Relations. During the fall semester she is serving as a consultant for UNICEF’s Corporate Social Responsibility office.
I was uneasy about accepting an internship in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to Maxwell, I had spent two years living in rural Thailand working in community development as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I loved my time working outside of an office, living with people of different cultures and learning about development from the very people whose lives are impacted. However, in returning to school for a Masters in International Relations, I knew it would be important to see the other side, the work that happens from headquarters. I am grateful now that my hesitations did not stop me from spending the summer in Geneva, along with seven other Maxwell students, as it proved an invaluable learning opportunity. Continue reading Julia Schulteis (MAIR ’14) – UNICEF Corporate Social Responsibility Unit→
One of the challenges of finding a position within the United Nations is how to begin one’s search. The UN employs more than 44,000 staff around the world, with operations that affect the 193 member states and bridge specializations from information policy, to peacekeeping, to international health, to logistics.
In the past few days, we’ve helped to define the concept of Public Diplomacy (PD) as the foundation concept of our dual-degree with the Newhouse School. We have also told the stories of Adam Cyr and Jennifer Osias, who has recently completed exceptional internships in traditional public diplomacy-linked organizations. However, here at Maxwell we do have an expansive definition of PD, which includes public advocacy, organizational communications, and government relations work.
I spent two months working for the Voice of America in Washington D.C. The VOA is the official external broadcast institution of the U.S. government and works under the umbrella of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
The Maxwell School operates the Public Diplomacy dual-degree program jointly with the world renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. As one of the few schools with a dedicated program of study related to this central concept in international relations. So what do we mean when we talk about Public Diplomacy?
Earlier this year at the MAIR orientation, we were happy to host a few excellent alumni of the program to talk about their journey in the international affairs arena.
While there, one of the alumni, Mr. Omar Qudrat (JD/PD 2010) spoke about one of the truisms of the program. Namely that in most organizations, both in Washington and worldwide, there are either Maxwell alumni or Syracuse alumni. Thus, I thought I would share two interesting stories for an early Fall Friday. Continue reading Maxwell in the World→
The section of the U.S. government that is literally and metaphorically shrouded in secrecy is the intelligence community.
While all of the constituent agencies have public presences, they each have different functions and specializations.
Thus, if you area student seeking to serve in an analytic or management roles within these agencies as professionals, it is useful to understand which agency is the best conceptual fit. It is also useful to attempt an internship within one of these agencies, as it would secure valuable career preparation for work in the IC. For information about those opportunities, visit the individual websites of each of the IC members.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government’s primary agency for international development and humanitarian assistance. Given the breadth of its programming, the agency and its workers will often use short-hand notation to describe the offices in which they work and the programs that are carried out within.
In this edition of acronym salad, we will discuss two primary acronyms of use to potential development workers, IQC (Indefinite Quantity Contracts) and PVO (Private Voluntary Organizations)