Identifying Jobs, Internships and Stipends for the MA in Political Science Student
UNMA Canvas Site
The UNMA Program Canvas Workstation is a the M.A. Program private online page that includes program announcements, program guides, relevant career site database of National/NY/NJ and DC non-profits, organizations and programs, Directory of Human Rights Organization and Electronic Mailing Lists, Career articles and resources and other useful information for the Global Policy Major. Search these individualized websites and resources for direct links to job openings and templates or articles needed to secure a job in the Global Policy industry. This workstation is available to UNMA students ONLY.
Devex University Database
Devex University Database is the "World's largest development job board specifically for global development" Click this button below for access to the DEVEX University Career Link. This is available for UNMA students only. * Tip- All UNMA students should create an ONLINE PROFILE. List achievements, languages, relevant jobs and descriptions and be sure to tailor your resume and cover letter for each job you are applying for
American Political Science Association (APSA)
Political science majors gain the writing, communication, analytical, and data skills that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers. To learn more about possible career options for undergraduate and graduate students in political science, as well as for political science PhDs, visit Careers Webpage of APSA
The Rutgers Institute for Secure Communities (RISC) - & Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE)
"The Rutgers Institute for Secure Communities (RISC) brings together experts from across Rutgers University with domestic and international partners to use cutting-edge research, data and scholarship to support law enforcement and intelligence agencies in preventing violence, protecting vulnerable communities and promoting fair and efficient practices."
"Rutgers became a federally-designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) through a grant award from the Defense Intelligence Agency in January 2015. Since that time, Rutgers University-New Brunswick has established a popular, new minor in Critical Intelligence Studies in collaboration with the SAS Political Science Department; executed a number of certificate programs in intelligence/national security for undergraduate and graduate students across the University; hosted conferences on the most pressing issues in the field; and developed programs to prepare students for potential careers within the intelligence community.
CCIS leverages ties with federal agencies and others to expand educational and career opportunities for (1) Rutgers students through increased opportunities for interaction with law enforcement and intelligence professionals and (2) practitioners in the field by leveraging classroom and distance learning resources. Join their mailing list here
Featured Research projects here
Other Rutgers Department Databases
Many other departments at Rutgers has a SIMILAR Career Cluster for the Social Sciences and for Policy. Check out The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy resources to expand your search options as MANY of the jobs are appropriate for our graduates. We are grateful for our community partners to share resources within Rutgers.
Create a candidacy profile for yourself and keep it up to date *(this system is proving better than Linked In and similar online platforms because not only is it live, but it is specific to companies and organizations the select Rutgers University - New Brunswick students as part of their candidacy choice)
Go here for Handshake research tips: https://www.montclair.edu/career-services/handshake/handshake-search-tips/
Idealist.org Career Database
Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.
With more than 120,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, and Spanish (idealistas.org) sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.
This directory does require membership/enrollment to be notified when new jobs are posted. *Tip-The website also offers calls for papers if you are looking to get some of your policy papers published.
Worldwide NGO Directory
This directory does require a membership, but students can easily do a search for specific fields of interests and look up the name of the NGO for further research via Google. *Tip- This website also offers grant writing tips and resources to share and you don't need a membership to search for them.
Jobs for Global Professionals - NGO's, Think Tanks, Government, Private Sector
Public Service Careers.org
PublicServiceCareers.org is the most authoritative and widely used website for finding jobs, career advice, and information on degrees in public service and public affairs. It is sponsored by the three most prominent organizations in professional public service and education: NASPAA, APPAM and ASPA
Rutgers United Nations Researching Guide
This Rutgers Library research guide has links to official UN resources as well as third party resources for information about the United Nations. Also includes a section on research strategies for Model UN projects.
Rutgers Career Researching Guide
This guide will lead you along the basic steps in searching for a job in business and management, from exploring career possibilities to researching industries and companies, to identifying profession and industry-specific sources for job postings. General career resources are available in a related guide originally compiled by Jill Nathanson and now maintained by Mei Ling Lo: Career and Employment Resources. Rutgers Library Job Searching Guide
FEDERAL and GOVERNMENT JOBS
Go Government.org Database
Go Government is your one stop shop in finding jobs with the Federal Government. Look for "Career Pathways for current students or recent grads" and follow the instructions on what tests you need to take BEFORE you look for the jobs. Some of these tests take months to complete or to get full clearance, so plan ahead and create an Online Profile. Specific Programs for MA students with CIA and NSA have their own application process. Go to their website directly to see if you are eligible.
This is an official website of US Government job opportunities. Create a profile and direct connections to hiring agencies within the Federal Government.
Go here to find out about current hiring events or meeting notifications with hiring managers about programs that have open positions.
Go here to find out about how to search and tips on the application process. See last button for more.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI
The FBI is a national security organization that is intelligence and threat-driven. Its mission is to “protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.” The organization highly values integrity and responsibility while striving to protect the nation from terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, espionage, cyber attacks, public corruption, white collar crime, organized crime, and violent crime. U.S. citizenship is required for employment. Potential employees will be subject to an extensive background check and may require medical, psychological, and polygraph exams. Furthermore, applicants may be disqualified for recent or frequent use of illegal drugs, or wrongful downloading or misuse of digital media.
The following employment fields are offered:
Arts & Communications
Business & Administration
Facilities & Logistics
Medical & Counseling
Police & Security
The following opportunities are offered to graduate students:
• Honors Internship Program: this highly prestigious and competitive program is offered to JD, MBA, MD, and PhD candidates. It is a paid 10 week internship combining intelligence, law enforcement, and national security.
• College Hiring Initiative: this is an entry level program for recent graduates (B.A., M.A., or PhD). Students must have graduated before the start of the program with a 3.0 minimum GPA.
• Presidential Management Fellows: with a goal of developing government leaders, this two year appointment offers hands on assignments and leadership training.
Candidates will undergo the same process of employment screening and should apply at least 6-9 months ahead of their desired start time. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.fbijobs.gov/students/grad-students
Central Intelligence Agency - CIA
The CIA is the premier intelligence agency in the United States and is considered the first line of defense in national security matters. The CIA employs individuals with a wide range of skillsets including accounting, business, communications, computer science, cyber security, engineering, foreign languages, law, medicine, political science, psychology, and statistics among others. U.S. citizenship is required for employment. Additionally, potential employees will be subject to an extensive background check and may require medical, psychological, and polygraph exams. Furthermore, applicants may be disqualified for recent or frequent use of illegal drugs, or wrongful downloading or misuse of digital media.
The CIA recommends applying for student positions one year ahead of the desired start time. Students will receive competitive pay, as well as paid time off and benefits. Relocation to Washington D.C. is required for the 90 day internship sessions. Students who are part of the graduate studies program may complete more than one of these sessions before graduation.
In the graduate studies program, students may work in one of the following departments:
- Enterprise & Support
- Foreign Language
Completion of this program does not guarantee future employment, though many high-achieving students are offered positions. The graduate scholarship program, on the other hand, requires work for the CIA 1.5x the amount of time that the CIA offered financial assistance. This program is awarded based on financial need. Students will receive a yearly salary in addition to up to $18,000 per year for tuition assistance.
Visit the following link for more information on student opportunities: https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities
Drug Enforcement Agency- DEA
Students interested in applying for jobs at DEA must be able to meet all DEA Employment Requirements and comply with DEA's Drug Policy. This includes a rigorous fitness test for field agents. For information on student employment opportunities, please call 202-307-4088.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad. Spending less than 1 percent of the total federal budget, USAID works in over 100 countries to: Promote broadly shared economic prosperity; Strengthen democracy and good governance; Protect human rights; Improve global health, Advance food security and agriculture; Improve environmental sustainability; Further education; Help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and Provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. Web: https://www.usaid.gov/
The U.S. Intelligence Community
The U.S. Intelligence Community seeks to integrate seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies in order to optimize the effectiveness of intelligence collection and analysis. The IC has departments in all fifty states and seeks a broad array of skillsets. The primary categories are Analysis, Acquisitions and Financial Management, Science and Technology, Intelligence Collection, Language, Information Technology, and Security. U.S. citizenship is required for employment. Additionally, potential employees will be subject to an extensive background check and may require medical, psychological, and polygraph exams. Furthermore, applicants may be disqualified for recent or frequent use of illegal drugs, or wrongful downloading or misuse of digital media.
The following agencies are included in the IC:
- Office of the Director of National Intelligence
- Air Force Intelligence
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Coast Guard Intelligence
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Department of Energy
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of State
- Department of the Treasury
- Drug Enforcement Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Marine Corps Intelligence
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- National Reconnaissance Office
- National Security Agency
- Navy Intelligence
Summer internships are available to graduate and undergraduate students maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. Candidates will undergo the same process of employment screening and should apply at least 6-9 months ahead of their desired start time. More information can be found at the following: https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/IC%20opportunities%20for%20students.pdf
US Department of State- DOS
Many of the people who work in the State Department are not FSOs (Foreign Service Officers) . They are in the Civil Service, just as individuals in other federal agencies are. Most of these State Department employees are in Washington, but they also work in various other locations around the country and, in unusual cases, at embassies abroad. The State Department describes this employment in its website at: https://careers.state.gov/civil-service. Applicants for civil service positions in the State Department apply for specific openings. For an explanation of the application process, see: https://careers.state.gov/faqs.
Potential employees are required to be U.S. citizens, pass mandatory pre-employment and periodic drug testing and polygraph testing, and obtain Top Secret/SCI clearance. The security clearance is a long process that one must go through while applying to any federal jobs. To clarify just how long this process takes and exactly what you will be going through, please educate yourself on the Security Clearance Process and know that it often takes a minimum of 9 months to a year to get the clearance before you start the job. So be sure to go about your job search on other opportunities and be ready to be called when the federal jobs come calling. Be aware that if you are in a federal job application process, that you should not be travelling outside of the country. If you have to travel, be sure to contact the outreach coordinators who are handling your application and let them know you will not be available to communicate during your travel dates. Keep a constant log of your travel, work experience, educational institutions so that when you need to fill out your application, you will be ready.
Information about Obtaining an Internship with the State Department can be found with this article written by the Foreign Service Journal.
One stop shop for Careers in State Department: https://careers.state.gov/
Foreign Service Exam information: https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/officer/test-process/ - *Tip - Use the Study Guides and practice test to really study! Alumni tell us this test is very detailed. Test are typically, October, February and June but you must sign up to take it weeks before. Do not wait to register for the next exam date as slots fill up fast. The below information was taken directly from the current Diplomat in Resident.
"Foreign Service Test sign up: https://home.pearsonvue.com/fsot The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is typically offered three times a year in February, June, and October. The next available test is in October with testing locations across the country. Take our practice test to confirm your readiness or identify areas you need to strengthen. Applicants will need to submit their six personal narratives to finalize registration for the FSOT. Learn more about the application process here and consult resources on writing personal narratives and changes to the FSOT. Consult the 13 dimensions or skills we seek in candidates. Create a list drawing from your work, academic, and/or personal life to assess how you have developed and demonstrated these skills. This exercise will help you craft the personal narratives and prepare you for next steps in the application process. I offer additional virtual FSOT webinars in the weeks leading up to each FSOT -
Based on the results of the practice FSOT and your 13 dimensions self-assessment, you can develop a strategy and timeline to prepare yourself for the application process.
As a Foreign Service Specialist, (our "diplomats with special skills") you can use your specialized education and experience to begin a career with the U.S. Department of State. There are opportunities in financial management, human resources, general services/logistics, office management, construction, facilities maintenance, engineering, IT, English teaching, information resources/library outreach, law enforcement and security, and medicine. Learn more about the various career tracks here. Consult resources on writing personal narratives and the 12 dimensions or skills we seek in candidates. Create a list drawing from your work, academic, and/or personal life to assess how you have developed and demonstrated those skills.
Do you speak fluent Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic or Mandarin? Consider our Consular Fellows Program and work for up to five years as a Foreign Service Officer doing critical consular work at our missions overseas. You can learn more about this non-career position here: https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/consular-fellows/
You may also want to consider a career as a Civil Service professional, serving in a rank-in-position structure. Civil Service professionals help to drive diplomatic principles and initiatives worldwide through conscientious work from their location in the United States. You’ll work on everything from improving trade opportunities for U.S. businesses, to helping American couples adopt children from overseas, to monitoring human rights issues. A career with the Civil Service means that you can make a difference in the world. Learn more about the various job categories. Follow the application steps and get advice on crafting a Civil Service resume on USAJobs. You always have access to open Civil Service positions with us here. Students can also pursue the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) or Pathways Recent Graduates programs as a means to enter the Civil Service."
United States Department of State - STUDENT PROGRAMS
This is the main link for all student programs within the Department of State. * Tip- follow this Face Book link to learn about career announcements for students: https://www.facebook.com/DIRNYMetro/
U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Diplomatic Security
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the law enforcement body behind the Department of State. The department secures diplomacy and travel documents and has facilities in 29 U.S. cities and 270 locations worldwide.
Employment is offered in the following fields:
Security Engineering Officers
Security Technical Specialists
Students may apply for internships through the Department of State, and select the Bureau of Diplomatic Security as their desired office. Students must be U.S. citizens with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. It is also required to obtain security clearance and be subject to random drug testing. For students stationed overseas, it is required to have a valid passport that expires no earlier than six months before the return date.
National Reconnaissance Office - NRO
The NRO seeks to maintain global vigilance and promote national security in cooperation with the Department of Defense. The organization is responsible for developing, launching, and operating U.S. signals, imagery, and communications satellites. The organization also specializes in monitoring the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, tracking international terrorists, drug traffickers, and criminal organizations, developing military targeting data, supporting peacekeeping and humanitarian relief, and assess natural disasters.
Potential employees are required to be U.S. citizens, pass mandatory pre-employment and periodic drug testing and polygraph testing, and obtain Top Secret/SCI clearance.
The following departments are offered:
Acquisition Program Management
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency - NGA
The NGA delivers geospatial intelligence to aid policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders. This intelligence is essential to operating U.S. military transportation and fighting wars, among other duties. Data from the NGA is used to inform counterterrorism, monitor weapons of mass destruction, monitor battlefield threats, ensure safety of air and sea navigation, defend cyber security threats, and assist disaster relief.
The NGA has several areas of employment concentration:
Content and Visualization
Research and Development
Program and Office Administration
Security and Facilities
Students are eligible for internships if they are U.S. citizens maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA and are able to obtain a top secret clearance. There are two programs open to students. The SMART Scholarship program is offered to undergraduate, masters or PhD students pursuing STEM fields. Students will be paid $25,000-38,000 per year and will complete summer internships for multiple years. More information can be found at the following link: https://smartscholarshipprod.service-now.com/smart
The other summer internship opportunity is open to bachelors, masters, or PhD students in all of the organization’s target fields. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html?Agency=NGA
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
The NJOHSP coordinates New Jersey’s counterterrorism, cyber security, and preparedness efforts throughout the state. Part-time unpaid internships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Internships are offered in the following departments:
Grants Management Bureau
Information Technology Bureau
Intelligence Management Bureau
Infrastructure Security Bureau
Risk Management Bureau
Training and Exercise Bureau
New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell Division
UNITED NATIONS (and affiliates) JOBS
You went to careers.un.org and found a perfect UN job or internship posting? Go here get a full application guide. * Tip - As you investigate, be sure to reach out to our very own Dr. Roland Rich - BEFORE you submit that application. Dr. Rich, who works with UNMA students looking to get credit for their internship with the course 16:790:590 -Research Internship in United Nations and Global Policy Studies, will help you navigate through the application process and discuss the written part of your application with you. You must give him time to respond to your request for help, so be sure to keep searching in DEVEX and the UN careers site every day (if possible), and have Dr. Rich check out your application before you submit it.
United Nations INSPIRA Human Resources Gateway
Any applicant that has interest in joining the United Nations must create an Inspira account. All those interested in a UN job openings must have an Inspira account to apply. **Please note, UNMA students who have worked there informed us that () can not be delivered by some special domains such as UN emails. So it has been suggested to use email address as (). If you do not have an Inspira account, please fill out the information below to register.
*Tip- An alumni tip on registering for Inspira: "A PHP is basically what follows your account after you submit your first application on Inspira. It’s kind of an online resume and background database. You can add to it as you fill out more and more applications. When you submit a new app it allows you to choose a php from previous apps and you can update it to be applicable to various job descriptions. If anyone has taken courses on cyber security, women and gender studies, human rights or development, they should absolutely mention that in their cover letter as those are all incorporated in the office’s work. Make sure they use their Rutgers email address. I told the office about the program and they thought it was very interesting."
For Students- Check out YPP to see if USA is accepting applications for that year. They don't always offer openings.
Young Professionals Program: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=NCE&lang=en-US
OCHA is the arm of the UN that coordinates the global humanitarian response – it brings the world together to tackle its most pressing humanitarian crises. It does this through four key pillars of its work: coordination, humanitarian financing, advocacy, policy and information management.
OCHA has 2,000 specialized staff work in 60 countries and brings relief expertise, local knowledge and commitment to humanitarian partnerships and response efforts. They ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people around the world. Field coordination is the front line of our operations. The main profiles that OCHA recruits are Humanitarian Affairs, Information Management, Public Information and Administration.
*Tip from OCHA workshops** - "Required criteria are mandatory, if you do not meet these you will not be considered eligible. Desirable criteria are not mandatory, but may be considered in the final decision - a hiring manager may prefer to select a suitable candidate who also meets the desirable criteria (if there is one) as opposed to one who only meets the required criteria. Some UN job applications use a system that screens for required criteria to automatically filter applications; in rare cases when there are a very large number of applicants, this function may also be applied to the "desirable" criteria. That said, please don't be discouraged from applying if you do not meet all of the desirable criteria - you are most often eligible and are encouraged to apply if you meet all of the required criteria. Even if you don't get the job you apply for, some agencies will keep applicants on a roster for future consideration. Be sure to include all languages - including English."
• P-2 - minimum 2 years of work experience
• P-3 - minimum 5 years of work experience
• P-4 - minimum of 7 years of work experience
• P-5 - minimum of 10 years of work experience
• D-1 - minimum of 15 years of work experience
UN Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in a particular U.N. agency, make sure you get volunteering experience relevant to the work the agency is doing. Even if you are not available to travel abroad, UN Volunteers has plenty of openings within your own country or even online options. Volunteerism is important relevant experience toward a United Nations career.
UNFPA Field Work
As a field-based organization, UNFPA is looking for individuals willing to be mobile and serve in hardship duty stations, and highlighting this kind of flexibility and commitment can help you stand out as a candidate
UNDP- United Nations Development Program
Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding OPEN positions. UNDP ensures inclusive and effective democratic governance by advocating, advising, fostering impartial spaces for dialogue, achieving consensus and building institutions. Look for HQ for NYC and Intern positions if you are going in with little experience. Create an online profile.
UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is also the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries.
"Talent Pools may serve as an entry-point for specialists in the most sought-after functional profiles to help respond urgently to crises with the right skills. These opportunities could be at entry- and mid-management levels. Selected candidates have the opportunity to work in different field locations as well as the Headquarters (Geneva) or in one of the Global Service Centres (Amman, Budapest and Copenhagen)."
"Talent Pool Candidates are primarily recruited for Temporary Appointments, therefore, we encourage you to look at both the listing below as well as the latest temporary appointments."
Candidates applying for a fixed-term international job opening or to a talent pool must first register and complete an online profile in the system. You must go to Career services to learn how to make the best resume and online profile for yourself. P2 and P3 levels are good for MA degrees with 2 years experience.
ILO -International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social justice and promote decent work by setting international labour standards. It was the first specialized agency of the UN.
WFUNA and UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION
The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations (UNAs) and their thousands of constituents. Guided by our vision of a United Nations that is a powerful force in meeting common global challenges and opportunities, WFUNA works to strengthen and improve the United Nations. We achieve this through the engagement of people who share a global mindset and support international cooperation – global citizens. Be on the lookout of Internship Opportunities in the US Chapter and ways to get involved!
The United Nations Foundation (part of the United States Chapter) is an organization that is part of our interconnected world, our shared future rests upon our ability to act together with common purpose. The United Nations was created to strengthen the bonds of international cooperation around shared interests and values. It is the one place where all countries and citizens can unite behind collective action to address our greatest challenges and deliver a better world for all. The UN Foundation supports the UN’s ability to tackle these challenges and harness opportunities for the benefit of all humanity. As we head deeper into the 21st century, this task is more urgent than ever.
We work by building communities and incubating initiatives to support the UN and its priority issues, including achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
PEACE CORP JOBS
The Peace Corps is an agency of the U.S. government which sends Americans abroad, usually for two years to Third World countries, to help the people of other countries toward economic and social development. Volunteers often work on their own in rigorous physical conditions. Aside from living abroad, Peace Corps people get independent management experience at a very early age. As a result, Peace Corps experience is highly valued by employers hiring for international jobs. Admission to the Peace Corps is very competitive. For information see:
HUMAN RIGHTS CAREERS
Human Rights Careers (HRC) aims to help human rights students, alumni, recent graduates and young professionals to pursue a career in the highly competitive field of human rights. Go to their site to read articles and insider tips of open positions. The magazine link is here: https://www.humanrightscareers.com/magazine/