Since 2008, GSPIA has operated the University of Pittsburgh Washington Center, located in the “Golden Triangle” just a short walk from Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. The Washington Center features state-of-the-art videoconferencing capabilities that connect our D.C.-based staff, adjunct faculty, and alumni with all of us at GSPIA in Pittsburgh. Students can take advantage of interacting with experts in international affairs, international development, and public and urban affairs. GSPIA’s Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Career Services, Alastair Hamilton, works full time out of the Washington Center.
In addition, alumni briefings are offered at the Washington Center during the academic year and enable current GSPIA students to hear directly from alumni in an informal setting. Recent briefings have covered interviewing skills, careers in international development, careers in public and nonprofit management, and careers in international security and intelligence. Career Services also hosts Employer Information Sessions for employers who want to speak with GSPIA students, but are unable to make the trip to campus. Guest speakers are utilized by faculty to bring an "in-the-trenches" perspective to issues being studied in the classroom. Faculty and staff both in Pittsburgh and at the Washington Center assist students in making connections to alumni who can facilitate the search for internships and jobs. GSPIA doctoral students also may apply to work as graduate assistants in the Washington Center while conducting research in D.C. The Pitt Washington Center continues to connect GSPIA with Washington, DC and provide extensive resources to our students and alumni as we grow our programming in the nation’s capitol.