MA Professional Opportunities and Career Support

The flexible design of the program attracts diverse students who complete the M.A. in Global Thought with enhanced research skills and a capacious knowledge of the complex processes that shape the contemporary world. They pursue careers in development, nongovernment organizations, government, public policy, academia, research, and the private sector. The combination of rigorous academic research and broad intellectual range prepares them well for employment, as well as for further study in professional schools or PhD programs.


Internship Opportunities and Job Search Resources


Global Opportunities (GO!)

MA students in Global Thought are invited to apply for CGT Global Opportunities (GO!) hosted by the Columbia Global Centers. In this program which is offered exclusively to the CGT, participants will contribute to projects at the Global Centers. Most opportunities will begin in May and last five to six weeks. Starting dates are flexible.

GO! is an ideal complement and capstone to the MA in Global Thought and an excellent way to gain global experience that will strengthen participants’ professional profiles. Click the links to learn about previous students’ experiences in Istanbul, Turkey and Santiago, Chile.

Current students should click here to learn more about the program and its application timeline.


Careers Without Borders

This workshop series brings MA students together with professionals from a wide variety of fields in order to network and think about global careers.

Past Workshop Participants

Past workshops have featured:

  • Cyna Alderman Former executive and creator of the Innovation Lab at New York Daily News; Senior Vice President, Business Management & General Counsel, Family Office
  • Rajesh Bilimoria Innovation, design and management researcher and writer and adjunct faculty at NYU Stern School of Business and Parsons School of Design; Former Vice President at Continuum
  • Filiz Bikmen Founding Director of Programs and International Relations at Sabanci Foundation; Founder and Adviser, Constellations for Change
  • Vishakha N. Desai, Vice Chair, Committee on Global Thought; Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President; Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs
  • David Park, Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Arts & Sciences; Faculty Director, MA in Global Thought