I work on the international team of the Training and Professional Services Division at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). We host senior-level delegations from around the world in different cities throughout the United States. These delegations take part in exchange programs and trainings in areas relating to criminal justice and law enforcement. We work on federal grants funded by the U.S. Department of State to assist other countries, as well as bilateral agreements with different governments and organizations.
The work that we do is very rewarding in many different aspects. The opportunity to connect with different officials from the United States and around the world who share their knowledge and experience is one example. Also, I value the opportunity to travel domestically around the United States, as well as internationally, while getting exposed to different cultures and learning to interact with different delegations. However, watching the delegates that we work with create change projects and strategic plans for their countries and knowing that our work is planting a seed for change throughout the world is the most rewarding aspect of the job.
My MA in global affairs has certainly helped pave the road for my success at my current job. The study abroad programs that I was a part of prepared me to work in foreign environments and taught me how to interact with people from different cultures professionally. The classwork and workload in classes such as Global Competencies, Human Systems, the concentration electives, and the final capstone class have all prepared me for what I work on now, from researching current affairs for my projects and the countries I am assigned to, to writing proposals and reports in a professional manner.
My biggest advice to current students is to network and build connections. Attend social events that may be of interest to you and mingle. Every person you meet in your field could be someone you learn from. Also, building my resume has made me a lot richer in my career than immediately going after the highest paying job. Don't focus too much on your financial goals, a good resume will get you there when the time is right!