US government, such as the State Department, US Congress, and Defense Intelligence Agency
Private sector, such as Booz Hamilton, SAIC, and Creative Associates
Think tanks and NGOs, such as Brooking Institution, Atlantic Council, and National Endowment for Democracy
Dave Hardison, SIS/MA ’12
I studied US foreign policy and now I get to do it.
I manage foreign assistance programs in North, West and East Africa that help partner countries prevent illicit diversion of conventional weapons. These programs further U.S. security policy. Looking at the big picture, it’s motivating to know that my work fosters positive diplomatic relationships and greater security for those partner countries and, in turn, for the United States.
When you should apply to the USFP program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for the USFP program are as follows:
- Fall semester (all applicants): January 15
- Spring semester (domestic applicants): October 1
- Spring semester (international applicants): September 15
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
USFP graduates go on to exciting careers in government, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.
Recent USFP graduates have found jobs at employers including the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Endowment for Democracy, and Accenture. Within six months of graduation, 89% of graduates are working or continuing graduate studies.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission. SIS also has partnerships with a number of organizations like the Peace Corps and Pickering Fellowships that provide qualified individuals with funding.
United States Foreign Policy and National Security program students may choose to research other relevant fellowship opportunities.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.