The Security Studies Program is committed to assisting students and alumni establish professional careers to match individual strengths and interests. The program enhances the academic education of SSP students with tools to succeed in the competitive work environment.
The staff of the School of Foreign Service Graduate Career Development Center works individually with students to target opportunities in all branches of the federal government, private firms, non-profit organizations and research institutions. Students in the Security Studies Program also have access to resources offered in the Career Education Center in the Leavey Center, such as skills workshops, career fairs, and have access to the extensive resource library.
See our most recent career placement report on our Employment Outcomes Webpage.
SFS Graduate Career Development Center
One – on – One Career Consultations and Counseling
To schedule an appointment, visit Symplicity.
The SFS Graduate Career Development Center is a career center exclusively for graduate students in the SFS, Department of Government, and Public Policy Institute. Its staff of career counselors works with students to target their career search to specific fields and opportunities. A tremendously important aspect of the SSP student experience is the nexus between academic and professional development. With this in mind, the Graduate Career Development Center staff helps students identify opportunities that will facilitate the achievement of their professional goals, while simultaneously allowing them to strike a healthy balance between academic and workplace obligations.
In addition, counselors meet with students to prepare job application documents, such as resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. The staff has an in-depth knowledge of the professional security community and works with students to build new – and improve upon existing – materials. With a textured understanding of document aesthetics and the ability to spot grammatical pitfalls, the Career Developmen Center helps students create top-notch job documents that serve as invaluable tools during the job search process.
The counselors of the Center also assist students in preparing for job interviews – both formal and informational – and host mock interviews to help students fine tune their skills and presentation. Mock interviews allow students to practice answering questions that are likely to be asked during real interviews and to assess and improve verbal and non-verbal communication skills before a real interview takes place.
On Campus Recruitment and Events
The Center hosts employers on campus many times each semester for both formal recruitment events, such as on campus interviews and career fairs, and informal informational sessions. Agencies such as the CIA, NGA and FBI have come to campus in recent years to meet with SSP students, hold resume drops, and interview potential job and internship candidates. Private sector firms such as Deloitte, Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton and Boston Consulting Group also hold on campus events, attend the Georgetown Career Fair, and meet with SSP students as potential job candidates.
To see a schedule of the upcoming events, visit the Graduate Career Development Center Events Website.
Skill Development Workshops and Webinars
In addition to employer events, the Center holds Skill Development Workshops and Webinars throughout the year to assist students in their career development. Handouts from these workshops and webinars, as well as recordings of past webinars, are available to current students and alumni. Below is a sample of topics covered:
Informational Interviewing Workshop
On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation Workshop
Writing Effective Cover Letters and Resumes
Webinar: LinkedIn Strategies for Job Seekers
Your 60 Second Pitch
Case Interviewing Workshop
To see a schedule of upcoming workshops, visit the Graduate Career Development Center Events Website (above).
Symplicity is an careers database used by the staff of the Graduate Career Development Center to post job and internship openings and fellowship opportunities. All current SSP students and alumni have access to the database and can browse recent postings or perform a targeted search for specific positions or employers. There are hundreds of postings on Symplicity and it is updated frequently.
Students and alumni can also create Personal Profiles on the site with their resume and a brief bio highlighting skills and specialties. These profiles allow prospective employers to find students with their desired skill sets. All current SSP students and alumni are encouraged to have a personal profile on Symplicity.
Finally, the extensive Document Library on Symplicity contains handouts from events and workshops, past career bulletins, and other valuable information about career opportunities that are of interest to SSP and SFS graduate students.
SSP and CSS Resources
The SSP and CSS compliment the Graduate Career Development Center by utilizing our extensive alumni and faculty network, ensuring that current students have access to alumni and other friends of the program who are willing to help in their professional development. SSP students and alumni are permanent members of a close-knit community whose members seek to help one another whenever possible. Students who create a solid set of job documents often indicate a desire to broaden their understanding of various security related subfields and organizations. Utilizing a database that monitors student and alumni employment, the SSP is able to network students with other members of the SSP community who are able to offer valuable guidance that can only be provided by individuals working inside a specific organization.
Alumni Mentor Program
The Alumni Mentor Program pairs current SSP students with alumni in fields of their interest. To learn more about this program and participate, visit the Alumni Mentor Program Webpage.
SSP and CSS Events
SSP and CSS host events throughout the semester that current students and alumni are encouraged to attend. These include weekly lunch speakers, formal conferences and seminars, career-focused panels in which alumni speak to their career paths, and weekly student happy hours and monthly alumni-student happy hours. Utilizing their network of both fellow students and alumni at these events helps students in their professional development. To see upcoming SSP and CSS events, visit the CSS Events Webpage.
Scheduling an Appointment
To meet with the SSP Coordinator for Careers, Alumni & Communications, click here!