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PAIA Global Programs

Maxwell students have access to an incredibly diverse and well‑developed set of international programs. Fostering hands‑on experience, these programs enable students to develop a competitive advantage as international practitioners.

Global programs come in three main varieties:

Practical Experience

Global Studies

World Partners

Programs of practical experience combine professional development—typically in the form of an internship—with coursework. Global studies programs are focused on specialized seminars and coursework, whereas, world partner programs are universities around the world that SU has established partnership programs.

Through student initiative, internships or other practical experience can be combined with global studies and world partner programs. Participants are encouraged to reach out to the faculty leading the programs and relevant SU offices in the region for support in obtaining practical experience in addition to the coursework. Furthermore, Maxwell's alumni network in 149 countries allows for a wealth of possibilities in every international relations sub-field and career track.

For Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) students' first hand accounts of global programs, refer to the global PAIA blog: The Stacks: PAIA at Home & Abroad.

Practical Experience

    Survey of Current Issues in African Migration

    Students intern at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)—a UN organization—and conduct field work for the IOM in Ghana.
    Career Tracks: Development and Humanitarian Assistance; Governance, Diplomacy, and International Organizations or Regional – Africa

    SU Strasbourg/Summer Internships in Strasbourg
    Syracuse University maintains a center is Strasbourg, France, which offers one graduate level course appropriate for PAIA students. Religion, Law, and Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective explores religion and human rights in European and non-European jurisdictions. PAIA students have mainly interned at the Council of Europe or European Parliament, but other opportunities are available. Living with a host family is an option.
    Career Tracks: Development and Humanitarian Assistance; Governance, Diplomacy, and International Organizations or Regional – Europe & Eurasia  

    Summer Internships in Shanghai
    CET Academic Programs organizes internships mainly in the private sector, but opportunities can be catered to student career goals.
    Career Tracks: International Economics, Finance, and Trade or Regional – East Asia & South Asia

    Singapore Summer Internship Program
    A course and internship are combined to create a well‑rounded introduction to business in Asia. PAIA students have interned at Temasek’s Stewardship Asia Centre, American Chamber of Commerce Singapore, and Pratt & Whitney among others.
    Career Tracks: International Economics, Finance, and Trade or Regional – East Asia & South Asia

    Public Diplomacy Internships in Brussels
    Aimed at Public Diplomacy students, but open to any degree candidates this program encompasses a course in addition to an internship in the public, private, or non‑profit realms. PAIA students have interned at Human Rights Watch, Search for Common Ground, World Organization Against Torture, and Goethe Institut.
    Career Tracks: All career tracks

    Maxwell-in-Washington
    Our campus in Washington, DC offers programs of practical experience through night‑time courses and support for day‑time practical training within the capital's international sector.
    Career Tracks: All career tracks

    Law Internships in London
    Students pursuing a JD in addition to the MAIR or MPA can intern with a barrister to gain experience in English, comparative, and international law.
    Career Tracks: All career tracks

    Graduate Internships in Geneva
    Focusing mainly on the UN, this program not only includes an internship at a UN organization, but a course at the same time. PAIA students have interned at UNDP, UNICEF, UNJIU, WFP, IOM, WHO, and WMO.
    Career Tracks: Governance, Diplomacy, and International Organizations or Development and Humanitarian Assistance

    AMIDEAST Area and Arabic Language Studies in Morocco
    AMIDEAST offers semi-intensive Arabic language studies in Rabat, Morocco, which can be combined with graduate level coursework in English at Al‑Akhawayn University. For MAIR students to fulfill the global internship requirement, volunteer and service-learning opportunities are also available through the program.
    Career Tracks: All career tracks and Regional – Middle East & North Africa

    Global Studies

    SU Santiago
    Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Catolica both offer courses to students at Syracuse University’s Santiago Center. PAIA students have combined studies with internships at UN Women, Technoserve, Fundacion Multitudes, and other organizations. Spanish proficiency is required in this program and living with a host family is an option.
    Career Tracks: All career tracks and Regional – Latin America

    SU Istanbul/Boğaziçi University
    Closed for 2017-18 Academic Year, but may reopen for the 2018-19 Academic Year.
    English language courses from Boğaziçi University are offered through Syracuse University’s Istanbul Center. PAIA students take courses in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, including the Departments of Economics, Management, and Political Science and International Relations. Students often combine coursework with an internship position secured with the assistance of the SU staff in Istanbul.
    Career Tracks: All career tracks and Regional – Middle East & North Africa or Europe & Eurasia

    SU Beijing/Tsinghua University
    PAIA students take graduate level coursework in English at Syracuse University's Beijing Center and China’s renowned Tsinghua University through the School of Public Policy and Management. Students may do an internship in addition to their coursework with local SU staff in Beijing as good resources for this option.
    Career Tracks: International Economics, Finance, and Trade; Peace, Security, and Conflict or Regional – East Asia & South Asia

    Ana-Monzon

    South Africa Immersion - A Global Health Education Experience
    This course focuses on health and education in rural South Africa. After beginning online, the class travels to South Africa where students will implement and evaluate a program designed in partnership with local organizations.
    Career Tracks: Development and Humanitarian Assistance or Regional – Africa

    The Road to Democracy in the Islamic World
    Emerging out of the Arab Spring, this course examines changing governance structures in the region. Students will take this course in Dubai, UAE.
    Career Tracks:  Peace, Security, and Conflict; Governance, Diplomacy, and International Organizations or Regional – Middle East & North Africa

    Counterterrorism Studies at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism
    Students will complete a three‑week executive counterterrorism studies program in Herzliya, Israel, then a short program on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process at Mitvim, the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies.
    Career Tracks: Peace, Security, and Conflict or Regional – Middle East & North Africa

    World Partners

    Yonsei University
    PAIA students pursue coursework in English at the Graduate School of International Studies, where they can emphasize East Asian and Korean Peninsular affairs. Location: Seoul, Korea.
    Career Tracks: Peace, Security, and Conflict or Regional – East Asia & South Asia

    Waseda University
    The Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies offers PAIA students English language courses at this private university. Location: Tokyo, Japan
    Career Tracks: Governance, Diplomancy, & International Organizations; Peace, Security, & Conflict or Regional - East Asia & South Asia

    Sciences Po
    Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) offers students coursework in both English and French. Most PAIA students enroll in courses in the Paris School of International Affairs, but with applicable French language skills, students may pursue additional coursework across the university. Location: Paris, France.
    Career Tracks: All career tracks or Regional – Europe & Eurasia

    European University at Saint Petersburg
    This non-state, independent, graduate university offers English language coursework through the school's three graduate degree programs: Energy Politics in Eurasia, Russian and Eurasian Studies or Russian Culture and the Arts. Location: St. Petersburg, Russia.
    Career Tracks: International Economics, Finance, and Trade; Peace, Security and Conflict or Regional – Europe & Eurasia

    For more information on global programs, contact Isaac Olson at ioolson@syr.edu and take a look at The Stacks: PAIA at Home & Abroad blog.

    Administrative Forms for Global Programs