Global Programs

Maxwell students have access to an incredibly diverse set of international programs. Through experiential learning, these programs enable students to develop a competitive advantage as international practitioners.

Global programs come in two main varieties:

Internships & Practical Experience
Combines professional development—typically in the form of an internship—with coursework.

Coursework Abroad
Specialized courses are available through Global Studies while World Partners allow students to study at universities around the globe.

Students may combine Coursework Abroad with internships or other practical experience. Participants are encouraged to reach out to the faculty leading the programs and relevant SU Centers in the region for support in obtaining practical experience in addition to the coursework.

Read our global PAIA blog, The Stacks: PAIA at Home & Abroad, for first-hand accounts from our students about their Global Programs experiences.



Internships & Practical Experience

Survey of Current Issues in African Migration

Students intern at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)—the UN Migration Agency—and conduct field work for the IOM in Ghana.

Career Tracks: Development and Humanitarian Assistance; Governance, Diplomacy, and International Organizations or Regional – Africa

Strasbourg Center/Summer Internships in Strasbourg

SU maintains a center is Strasbourg, France, which offers two graduate level courses appropriate for PAIA students. Students may do an internship, coursework or a combination of both. The course 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, but other opportunities are available. Living with a host family is an option and students may be able to apply the course, French for Diplomacy, towards their degree.

Career Tracks: Development and Humanitarian Assistance; Governance, Diplomacy, and International Organizations or Regional – Europe & Eurasia

Singapore Summer Internship Program

Leading this program is a Whitman School Professor who combines a course with internships at a multinational firm. In the past few years, Maxwell students have interned at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, YCH Logistics, Temasek’s Stewardship Asia Centre, and Pratt and Whitney.

Career Tracks: International Political Economy: Finance & Trade or Regional – East Asia & South Asia 

Santiago Center

Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Catolica both offer courses to students at SU'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 or Regional – Latin America

Public Diplomacy Internships in Brussels

Aimed at students in our MAIR/MSPR program, but open to any degree candidates, this program encompasses a course featuring guest lectures by policy makers from the EU, NATO, the US mission to the EU, and the UN in addition to an internship in the public, private, or non‑profit realms. Students have interned at the European Parliament, Burson-Marsteller, Grayling, European Institute of Asian Studies, and prestigious NGOs such as International Crisis Group, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, and Search for Common Ground.

Career Tracks: All career tracks or Regional – Europe & Eurasia

Maxwell-In-Washington

Every semester, our campus in Washington, DC offers programs of practical experience through night‑time courses and support for day‑time internships within the capital's international sector.

Career Tracks: All career tracks

LondonEx

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, and WMO.

Career Tracks: Governance, Diplomacy, and International Organizations or Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Coursework Abroad

Yonsei University, World Partner

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, World Partner

The Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies offers PAIA students English language courses at this private university. Location: Tokyo, Japan.

Career Tracks: Governance, Diplomacy, and International Organizations; Peace, Security, and Conflict or Regional - East Asia & South Asia

Tsinghua University, World Partner

PAIA students take graduate level coursework in English at China’s renowned and globally ranked Tsinghua University through the School of Public Policy and Management. Location: Beijing, China.

Career Tracks: All career tracks or Regional – East Asia & South Asia

SRAS Diplomacy and International Relations at Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Graduate courses in English and Russian focusing on international relations diplomacy, economics, and foreign policy from a Russian perspective are offered through the program provider SRAS. Location: Moscow, Russia.

Career Tracks: Peace, Security, and Conflict; Governance, Diplomacy, and International Organizations or Regional - Europe and Eurasia

South Africa Immersion - A Global Health Education Experience

After beginning online, the class travels to South Africa where students will implement and evaluate a program designed in partnership with local organizations. This short program can be combined with an internship at Connect Network in Cape Town. Location: Makanda and Cape Town, South Africa

Career Tracks: Development and Humanitarian Assistance or Regional – Africa

Sciences Po, World Partner

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

Korea University, World Partner

PAIA students enroll in English language courses focusing on commerce, development and cooperation, peace and security, or Korea studies at the Graduate School of International Studies. Location: Seoul, Korea.

Career Tracks: Peace, Security, and Conflict or Regional – East Asia & South Asia

Counterterrorism Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center

Students will complete a three‑week executive counterterrorism studies program in Israel, then a short program on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process at Mitvim, the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies. Location: Herzliya, Israel.

Career Tracks: Peace, Security, and Conflict or Regional – Middle East & North Africa

AMIDEAST Al Akhawayn University

This all English language university offers graduate level courses in international studies, business, trade, and diplomacy. Students can also find additional courses on MENA, Islam, and natural resources among others. The school sits in the mountains about 70 km (43 mi) from Fez. Enrollment in the program is through SU's partnership with AMIDEAST. Location: Ifran, Morocco.

Career Tracks: All career tracks or Regional – Middle East & North Africa 

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