August 2018 APSIA Newsletter                                                                View this email in your browser
Engaging the Leaders of Tomorrow!
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2018 Diversity Workshop Inspires Students and Young Professionals 

On Saturday, July 14, eighty-three multicultural students and young professionals from across the United States joined APSIA for a workshop to inspire them to seek out the field of international affairs. 

Farah Pandith, former Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the US Department of State and Fletcher Alumna, opened the day with a keynote address stressing the need to treat everyone with dignity and kindness.

Ms. Pandith reflected on her own career and emphasized the need to cultivate an expertise on key issues. She also stressed the need to “articulate your analysis so that people will hear it” without letting emotions rule the day (even if you feel frustrated or disheartened). 

Read more here

Summer Career Reception Connects Schools and Employers
On July 10, more than 200 students, alumni, employers, and staff gathered at the National Press Club in Washington DC for the second annual APSIA Career Networking Reception. 

Alumni and students from across thirteen APSIA members were able to connect with representatives of 22 organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Participating organizations include Brookings, Eaton Vance, Mercy Corps, and the US National Security Agency.

Attendees had the opportunity to focus their interactions across six areas: consulting, development, education, energy and the environment, health, and security.

Read more here
Upcoming Fall Events!
Best Practices in Applying for Graduate School
APSIA's Fall 2018 Graduate School Fairs 

September 6
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

October 17

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

Join the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) for an introductory webinar on best practices when applying for graduate school.

In this monthly series, APSIA’s International Admissions and Operations Manager will answer questions about selecting a graduate program, preparing an application, paying for school, and career opportunities.

Click here to register
Join APSIA on the road at one of our graduate school fairs this Fall. 

September 11 -
Montreal, QC
September 12 - Atlanta, GA
September 13 - New York, NY
September 18 - Washington, DC
November 15 - Online 

APSIA fairs can help you take the next step!

Meet admissions officers from APSIA member schools and discuss topics such as admissions requirements, curricula, financial aid packages, joint degree programs, career opportunities, and application information. 

Click here to find more information and
register for a fair in a city near you
International Day of Peace 2018

September 21st

Celebrate the International Day of Peace! This year's theme is "The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70."

Various events like 
The Geneva Peace Talks will be taking place around the world. Listen to speakers who will share their stories, experiences, and ideas related to peace that go beyond borders. Engage in one of the many activities in a city near you.

For more information on how to get involved click

Fellowship Spotlight
Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program
Application Deadline
September 17, 2018

The Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares young people for a career in international service. This program's benefits include: two summer internships (one summer working on Capitol Hill and the following summer working at a U.S embassy or Consulate overseas); an orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in late spring 2019; mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship; and up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master's degree in fields related to the Foreign Service, such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution. Fellows who successfully complete the program and meet the Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments in the State Department Foreign Service, committing to a minimum of five years of service.

Rangel Fellows enter exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

For more information, please visit the Rangel Website:  
Alumnus Experience Spotlight: Jongbeom Choi

Jongbeom Choi, Master's in Global Economy and Strategy, Alumnus, Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University

Jongbeom (JB) Choi holds a Master's degree in Global Economy and Strategy from the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Yonsei University, Republic of Korea. 

He currently serves as a Program Officer for the Asia Foundation Korea Office. 
Before joining the Foundation in 2016, he worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS), and the ASEAN Cyber University Project Secretariat (ACU)—an Official Development Assistance (ODA) Project supported by the Korean Ministry of Education targeting members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). His research interests focus on Korea’s unification issues, as well as Asia’s political, economic, and development cooperation.


Read more here! 

Member School Highlight



Yonsei University was founded in 1885 and is the oldest private university in Korea. Ever since its beginnings, Yonsei has been at the forefront of higher education in Korea. Yonsei’s establishment coincided with Korea’s initial forays into the modern international system and since then, it has played a vital role as a gateway for multicultural and multinational exchanges. Its pioneering role as a conduit of knowledge flowing in and out of Korea continues to be a hallmark of its educational philosophy.

The Graduate School of International Studies lies at the center of Yonsei’s commitment to internationalization and education of global leaders. The GSIS was established in 1987 as the first professional school dedicated exclusively to international studies in Korea. For the past twenty plus years, the GSIS has grown immensely. International students from more than 50 countries provide a unique multicultural learning environment where diversity is not just a slogan but an enduring feature of the school’s globalized student culture.

Dual degree and exchange programs with key partner institutions in the United States, Europe, and Asia, in addition to a variety of international internship programs, enable GSIS students to emerge into the job market with enhanced skills and tailored international experiences. These programs include: Master of Arts in Korean Studies; Master of Global Economy & Strategy, Master of Global Affairs & Policy; Ph.D. in Korean Studies; Ph.D. in International Studies; Ph.D. in International Political Economy; and Ph.D. in Strategy & Organization.

As the first program in Korea, the GSIS remains even more committed to its core mission of educating and training a "Global Corps" or leaders who transform themselves so that they can transform the world. 

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