MA Professional Opportunities and Career Support

The flexible design of the program attracts a global and diverse student cohort who complete the MA 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, nongovernmental organizations, government, public policy, academia, research, and the private sector. The combination of deep research focus 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. Current students should click here to learn more about the program and its application timeline.

Student Testimonials

Through CGT, I was fortunate to intern with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) under the Regional Bureau of Europe and the CIS. During the 2017 High-Level Political Forum, I had the opportunity to offer program assistance to Armenia’s social impact investment event and attend fascinating meetings on Innovation Labs. I also gained exposure to the vital country liaison and diplomatic practices that contribute to the effective delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was important for me to apply the critical skills I have acquired from CGT to understand the unyielding challenges of a large NGO such as the United Nations, and to recognize the good work that continues to develop within this vast community.

— Elena Ho Yan Yee, Class of 2017, GO! NYC

As an intern at the United Nations Development Programme, I managed long-term comprehensive research projects for the senior staff at the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC). Rising to the challenge of my assignments was the most exciting part of my internship. With my own two eyes, I saw how global mechanisms that we discussed in our core classes are being implemented in an international organization.  I am grateful for this training as a Global Thought alumnus.

— Haebichan Jung, Class of 2017, GO! NYC

The highlight for me was the receptiveness, kindness, and friendliness of the Rio team. The atmosphere very much resembled a start-up and had a horizontal structure. This gave it more of a think-tank/entrepreneurial feel, and was very stimulating. Brazil has such an open and forward-thinking multi-stakeholder approach to solving problems. The Global Center brought in people who could create a real difference together as opposed to acting in their separate spheres.  I found it really inspiring.

— Sean McLintock, Class of 2017, GO! Rio

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