On March 7-10, 2023, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) hosted the 2023 Public & International Service Advisor (PISA) Spring Training Workshops, welcoming 80 new advisors to the PISA Network

APSIA’s PISA Network brings together undergraduate and community college advisors across the United States to advance their understanding of the professions of international affairs, public policy, and public administration on their campuses. The PISA Network provides support for and recognition of advisors as they counsel students to pursue careers in all of these fields. It also serves as a communication channel between campuses and the associations of graduate schools of international affairs, public policy, and public administration

The 2023 Spring Training Workshops began with a look at the vast career opportunities across the field of international affairs. Attendees heard from a diverse panel of international affairs professionals including a Foreign Affairs Officer for the US Department of State, a Manager at the C40 Centre for City Climate Policy & Economy, and a Policy Analyst at Atlas Public Policy.

The following day included a panel discussion on “Comparing Graduate Degrees & Mapping Financial Aid, which examined the distinctions between international affairs, public policy, public administration, and other professional degrees. The discussion also provided ways that advisors can help students understand the different possibilities for financial aid. 

The final panel focused on how students can articulate their experiences and stand out in applications. Panelists shared best practices in writing cover letters, statements of purpose, and personal statements. APSIA concluded the week with a look at what APSIA is and how the PISA Network assists advisors. 

RFG is a proud sponsor and participant in the PISA Network training workshops. To learn more about APSIA’s 2023 PISA Spring Training Workshops, please click here.