The MAPS Professional Development Program (PDP)

The Professional Development Program offers MAPS students opportunities to broaden their familiarity with potential career paths and to meet with professionals in fields of potential career interest.

The PDP relies heavily on the expertise and voluntary services of working professionals to staff its programs. The majority of these professionals are members of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies' Executive Advisory Board of over 35 professionals involved in Asia Pacific affairs. The Advisory Board's Professional Development Committee advises the Center for Asia Pacific Studies on the administration and direction of the PDP.

Mentorship Program

The Mentor Program is a voluntary, non-credit option offered to students at any time during their two years of study in the MAPS Program. It presents students with a broad spectrum of possibilities as to how they might apply their degree to their chosen career field and connects students with professionals in their field of interest. The Mentor Program is coordinated by members of the Center's Executive Advisory Board and the Board's Mentorship Committee.

Internship Program

The Internship Program bridges the classroom and the professional world and enables students to experience — in a professional context — the cultural, economic and political issues studied in the Master's Program. An internship provides direct opportunities for job placement and career enhancement. Internships may be arranged with a Asia-related business or with nonprofit and public sector organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area or abroad. Internships are an option for students who come to the program with some Asian language competence. MAPS students have recently interned at the following organizations:

  • The Asia Foundation
  • Clarke Consulting Group
  • Hemisphere Marketing Inc.
  • International Management Group
  • Japan Society of Northern California
  • Meridian Resources
  • Russell Miller Corporate Financing
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • U.S. Department of Commerce

Executive Networking Event

Each fall students in the MAPS Program are invited to the Executive Networking Evening held on campus in collaboration with the Center for Asia Pacific Studies. Graduate students have the opportunity to meet many of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies' Board members and other professionals in a range of fields and organizations.

Job Search Training

MAPS students may request training and advice on pursuing a job in an international field, including resume,design, mock interviews and other job training skills.