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Graduates of the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program pursue careers promoting the reduction and elimination of weapons of mass destruction and responding to terrorist threats.


This information is compiled from surveys of the Classes of 2011–2016 and refers to the first job after graduation (unless otherwise stated).

Employer Testimonials

“The students that graduate from MIIS are the most qualified of all the folks coming straight out of school to work here. MIIS prepares students well to work here in Washington.”

—Kerry M. Kartchner, PhD Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State

“We like this school. We like the people we’ve hired and we want to bring in more of you.”

—Frank Pearn, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase and Co.


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Argentina; Austria; France; Iraq; Kazakhstan; Mexico; Netherlands; Pakistan; Sweden; United States

Employment Status (One Year After Graduation, %)





Select Employers

  • Accenture Federal Services
  • Apple
  • Google
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • JPMorgan Chase and Co.
  • Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • Thomson Reuters Special Services
  • U.S. Department of Defense


Employer Testimonials

“[This student is a] conscientious and efficient professional demonstrating advanced critical, analytical and communication skills ... [She has a] great sense of responsibility, reliability and commitment ... [and a] readiness to address new and challenging tasks.”

International Professional Service Semester Supervisor, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna

Summer 2017

Secured Opportunity: 98%
Locations: Austria, Belgium, China, Ethiopia, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates, United States

Select Internship Employers

  • Advanced Onion
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • The Atlantic Council
  • BAE Systems, Inc. 
  • BMW Group
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
  • Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
  • Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
  • dKomplex, Inc. 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Jimma University 
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
  • UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, Conventional Arms Branch
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • World Affairs Council of San Diego
  • Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy
  • Center for Climate and Security
  • Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Responses to Terrorism (START) at UMD
  • Council of the European Union, Counterterrorism Coordinator's Office
  • Hudson Institute 
  • Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies 
  • The Institute for Science and International Security 
  • Monterey County DA's Office, Bureau of Investigations 
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • PIR Center
  • Tesla
  • Thomson Reuters Special Services
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • World Artificial Intelligence Organization

Select Position Titles

  • Content Analyst
  • Nuclear Safeguards Intern
  • Assistant to the Director
  • Compliance Intern
  • Cyber Defender Intern
  • Fellow
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Research Intern
  • Reservist
  • Honors Intern
  • Institutional Development Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Regional Security Studies Intern
  • Remote Intern
  • Research Aide 
  • Research Associate