Career Services for SSP Students and Alumni
The Security Studies Program (SSP) 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 professionals of the School of Foreign Service Graduate Career Development Center work individually with students to target opportunities in all branches of the federal government, private firms, non-profit organizations, and research institutions. The Career Center has resources, workshops, and information sessions both for students with clear career objectives and for those with less well defined goals.
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.
Career Resources for SSP Students include:
- SFS Graduate Career Development Center
- Career Education Center in the Leavey Center
- SSP Student-Alumni Mentor Program
Alumni Career Placement Reports:
- 2012 Security Studies Program Alumni Career Placement Report
- 2007 Security Studies Program Alumni Career Placement Report
- 2008 Security Studies Program Alumni Career Placement Report
Career counseling is an integral component of SSP Career Services. To schedule an appointment with a career counselor in the SFS Career Development Center, please visit Symplicity.
Prominent features of career counseling include:
In order to be competitive in the security-related job market, it is essential that candidates possess a highly-polished resume, as well as the ability to write outstanding cover letters. The School of Foreign Service Career Development Center Staff has an in-depth knowledge of the professional security community and works with students to build new - and improve upon existing - resumes and cover letters. 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.
Career & Internship Guidance
SSP students come from a wide spectrum of personal backgrounds and have highly individualized professional goals. The Career Development Center provides career and internship guidance that takes into consideration the experience level, vocational interests, and unique circumstances of each student. A tremendously important aspect of the SSP student experience is the nexus between academic and professional development. With this in mind, the Career Development Center 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.
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. The Career Development Center provides valuable feedback that allows students to refine their interview skills. Students have the option of having mock interviews videotaped in order to see themselves as others do, and also so that they can bring home a recording of the session for further analysis.
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.