Asia Pacific Studies MA
Brian Komei Dempster, Director
Our program offers a variety of resources and opportunities to help students prepare to enter the workforce and gain valuable networking skills and connections.
Understanding the vital role of professional development, our program holds a Career and Networking Forum every other year for students, alumni, and others in the USF community to engage with various organizations seeking interns and employees. At the most recent event, over 35 organizations — including businesses, non-profits, and recruiters with a connection to the Asia Pacific — attended and approximately 200 people participated. Representatives from The Asia Foundation, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Give2Asia, Pasona, and many others have enjoyed dynamic, productive interactions with students at the forum.
The Mentor Program is a voluntary, non-credit option offered to students at any time during their two years of study. 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 for Asia Pacific Studies Executive Advisory Board.
The Professional Development Program (PDP) offers students opportunities to broaden their familiarity with potential career paths and to meet with successful professionals.
The PDP relies heavily on the expertise and voluntary services of working professionals. The majority of these professionals are members of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies Executive Advisory Board. The board's Professional Development Committee advises the Center for Asia Pacific Studies on the administration and direction of the PDP.
Periodically students in the program are invited to the Executive Networking Evening held on campus in collaboration with the Center for Asia Pacific Studies. Students have the opportunity to meet many of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies' board members and other professionals in a range of fields.
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.