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.

Students pursue careers in many sectors striving towards varied goals, from ensuring refugees have access to support services, to negotiating contracts for multinational corporations, to reporting for Deutsche Welle. Our graduates work for nonprofits, public agencies, private corporations, and multilaterals. A significant number continue their education in PhD programs.

MAGES Class of 2018 Graduate SFS Employment Report



*100% Knowledge of Class Employment Status, as of March 2019


Working Abroad

Djibouti, Hungary, and Israel

Employer Snapshot by Industry Sector


  • BerlinRosen Public Affairs
  • CACI International
  • GIZ
  • History Associates, Inc.
  • LaunchSquad
  • MacFadden-PAE
  • OurCrowd
  • SAIC
  • Tetra Tech DPK
  • The Boston Consulting Group
  • Water Street Partners


  • European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress


  • Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Brookings Institution
  • Center for New
  • American Security
  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
  • Representative of German Industry and Trade

Class of 2017 Graduate SFS Employment Report


Employment Success

Including: 95.2% employed and 4.8% pursuing further education

*100% Knowledge of Class Employment Status as of April 2018.


Working in Germany


  • CGI Federal, Inc.
  • Management Systems International
  • SAIC


  • Deutsche Welle
  • Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Vietnam Education Foundation
  • Washington State Department of Labor & Industries


  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Bertelsmann Foundation
  • Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University
  • Friedrich Naumann Foundation
  •  Georgetown University
  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • Global Nomads Group
  • Springboard Enterprises
  • The Bertelsmann Foundation North America


  • World Bank Group


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 many students complete an internship during the academic year at least once throughout their degree, nearly all students receive funding for an internship during the summer between their first and second years. First-year students may apply to spend their summer completing one of the BMW Center’s four Signature Internships, or they may prefer to find an opportunity uniquely fitting their personal career goals. To secure these internships, students receive assistance from MAGES alumni, the BMW Center’s Supervisor of Academic Programs, and the SFS Graduate Career Center.

Selected Class of 2019 Internship Opportunities:

  • BMW (Munich, Germany)
  • European People’s Party Group (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Fundación Escuela Nueva (Bogotá, Colombia)
  • House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade (Washington, DC)
  • International Organization for Migration (Kampala, Uganda)
  • UNESCO (Paris, France)
  • U.S. Department of State (Washington, DC)