Career Development

Careers After MAGES

The skills that MAGES students develop in our interdisciplinary program are precisely the qualities that employers in the public and private sectors are looking for: a solid understanding of international events, the ability to write clear and coherent analyses of important issues, the cultural insight and adaptability necessary to perform in many different settings, and the ability to step outside one narrow discipline and see the relationships between the many different facets of a constantly changing global environment. Each year, approximately 30% of graduates pursue public sector employment, 30% private sector employment, 30% NGO/IO, and 10% continue on to receive a Ph.D. or other degree.

Within the private sector, recent graduates have accepted full time positions at top consulting firms and corporations including:

  • Deloitte
  • Brunswick Group
  • BMW
  • Lidl
  • Banyan Global

Those who have entered the public sector have been employed by:

  • Federal Reserve Board
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • U.S. Army

 The MAGES Class of 2015 was 100% employed within six months of graduation. Full placement information for all graduate programs at the School of Foreign Service is available on the Graduate Career Development Center's website.


The Graduate School of Foreign Service Career Center (GCC) offers: 

  • Skill workshops in resume preparation, networking, interviewing, and more
  • Employer information sessions and resume drops for domestic and international employers
  • Job fairs and on-campus recruiting visits
  • Approximately 200 new internship and job listings per week

In addition to the GCC, MAGES students are supported by the Supervisor of Academic Programs, who works exclusively with students in the program to become familiar with their interests and identify career opportunities that fit each individual's interests and skills.

The MAGES alumni network are powerful mentors and advocates for the next generation of MAGES graduates, and the BMW Center hosts frequent professional and academic development workshops in collaboration with the CGES Alumni Association. These events aim to prepare students to enter the workforce and include annual Alumni/Student Career Happy Hours, CGES Speed Networking, and skills workshops on topics ranging from "Public Speaking in an Academic Context" to "Conducting a Job Search in Europe." 


MAGES students complete high-level internships throughout their studies in order to gain valuable skills relevant to their career trajectories and broaden their networks. While some students choose to complete an internship during their second and/or third semester(s), all MAGES students receive funding to complete an internship during the summer between years one and two of the program. Approximately 70% of students elect to complete an internship abroad.

Recent international host organizations include:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Berlin
  • Interel
  • Denmark Refugee Council
  • Kosovar Center for Security Studies
  • National Democratic Institute in Ukraine

Recent internship assignments in Washington, D.C., include:

  • Government Accountability Office
  • U.S. Department of State
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Search for Common Ground

In conjunction with select employers, CGES also supports the MAGES Signature Internship Program, which gives the BMW Center the opportunity to strengthen partnerships within the transatlantic community while giving our students access to top internship opportunities. The program aims to provide employers with high quality, reliable graduate student interns on a regular basis, and in turn, employers provide interns with a valuable experience to enrich their professional and academic development. In 2015, MAGES Signature Internship employers included:

  • BMW North America in Washington, D.C.
  • UNESCO-IIEP in Paris
  • SAP in Berlin
  • The Bank of New York Mellon in Frankfurt

Read more about student summer experiences and Signature Internships here.