For Students

Career paths

The Office of Career Services collaborates with other areas of The Fletcher School to provide strong career preparation.  We think in terms of the complete set of skills, experiences and training that will enable you to succeed.

Recent graduates have followed these career tracks:

Public:

  • Diplomacy - US Department of State, Foreign Service Officer
  • Aid and development assistance - USAID, Program Analyst
  • International trade - Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Deputy Director

International organizations:

  • Environmental policy, UN Environment, Special Advisor
  • Project management, World Bank Group, Project Manager
  • Monitoring and evaluation – National Democratic Institute, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Non-profits:

  • International development - BRAC, Program Associate
  • Global health program management - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Program Officer
  • Policy design - IDinsight, Senior Associate
  • Policy research, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Program Manager

Private sector:

  • Development finance consulting - Bankable Frontier Associates, Associate
  • Political risk analysis - Eurasia Group, Associate
  • Consulting – PricewaterhouseCoopers, Consultant
  • Impact investing - Ballentine Partners, Impact Analyst

Some students arrive at Fletcher with a well-defined plan for the next step of their career while others are less certain. Some students are looking to pivot into a new career path, while others are looking to continue in the same trajectory. No matter where you are on these spectrums, the Office of Career Services (OCS) is here to partner with you, and help you find success.

Our Offerings

Career Education:

Fletcher's approach to career education is both broad and deep. We start with the fundamentals as part of the Professional Development Program (PDP) and then build on that foundation through sector-specific programming, skill-building workshops and a portfolio of digital resources.  Our goal is to empower students with the tools they need to build meaningful careers.

Career Resources:

The Office of Career Services manages a large collection of career resources that help students explore industries and job functions, network with employers and prepare for interviews.  From individual coaching and career development workshops, to a host of industry and sector specific resources, we provide students with the tools needed to proactively go after the careers they seek.

Employer Interactions

CAREER TRIPS

Every year the OCS organizes informational career trips to NYC and DC to help students meet employers and alumni working in many of the fields of interest to Fletcher students.

The trips consist of employer site visits, panel discussions and student-alumni receptions. Students are able to interact with practitioners and learn the different entry points into these organizations.

NYC Career Trips

One career trip is organized by Fletcher's International Business Club.  This trip focuses on organizations in the private sector, and takes place in October. 

The second trip is organized by the Office of Career Services and focuses on the UN, non-profits and private sector site visits.

DC Career Trip

 

The DC Career Trip is a two-day event and includes representative organizations from all sectors of interest to Fletcher students. Classes are canceled so all students may participate in the trip.

The Washington DC Career Trip includes Fletcher's largest alumni gathering outside of the Boston area. The student-alumni reception is generally attended by over 500 guests, and features an embedded structured networking event for students to meet alumni.

For more information on the OCS-organized Career Trips, please go to the career trip website.

 

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Employers from various sectors visit Fletcher to provide on-campus information sessions and meet students.

 

EMPLOYER SHOWCASES

In collaboration with many of our conferences, we provide employers exhibition space to meet students interested in learning about careers in their organizations.  

Summer internship assistance

All students are encouraged to find internships as part of their education and career development. The OCS offers many opportunities to connect with organizations offering internships including bringing organizations to campus, organizing career trips and encouraging employers to post opportunities on our job board. Fletcher provides internship funding to help alleviate the costs of unpaid or low-paying summer internships.

 

Recent students have interned in the following locations.

Public:

  • US Department of State, Washington DC
  • US Mission to UNESCO, Paris
  • Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Washington, DC
  • Government Accountability Office - Homeland Security & Justice, Washington, DC         

Private:

  • Pfizer, New York
  • Boeing, Washington DC
  • Egyptian American Enterprise Fund, New York
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Dubai

 

Non-profit:

  • Women Without Borders, Vienna      
  • International Rescue Committee, Kampala
  • World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), Bonn
  • EastWest Institute, New York

 

Multilateral Organizations:

  • UN Global Compact, New York
  • International Organization for Migration, Costa Rica
  • European Parliament, Brussels
  • United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva

A snapshot of a year of OCS offerings

  • 165 summer internships in 52 different countries
  • 1,500+ individual coaching appointments
  • 70+ Fletcher alumni clubs around the world
  • 95% of graduates in jobs within 6 months of graduation
  • Over $300,000 in summer internship funding awarded
  • 90+ employer information sessions, both on- and off-campus
  • 70+ career education sessions and panels

"Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." - Arnold H. Glasgow