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Dear Current or Future Intelligence Officer, National Security Advisor, Foreign Service Officer or International Affairs Professional:

When you decide upon a career in national security, intelligence, and international affairs, you are making a decision to enter a noble profession. It’s not a job: it’s a calling, it’s a passion, it’s a desire to serve your country and the world and make to make them more secure and better places for all. When deciding upon a graduate school, you want to find a place that will be equally invested in your career success as you are.  This is what you will find at The Institute of World Politics (IWP).

There are many things that make IWP exceptional, and our Career Success Services is one of them.

Expertise in National Security & Foreign Affairs Careers

Making sure the right person is giving you advice is part of making the right decision on what school to attend. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Derrick T. Dortch, Director of Career Services at The Institute of World Politics. I am a nationally recognized expert in assisting job seekers in the fields of intelligence, national security, and international affairs. I served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and have also worked on national, homeland and international security issues, so I know this world firsthand. I stay connected to what is going on through various projects, and my work as a government career expert and columnist for The Washington Post and radio show host on Federal News Radio. I served as Assistant Director at Georgetown University’s Career Education Center, have a Master’s in Counseling and Student Development, and have been advising, counseling and helping individuals succeed and get into your field of interest for many years. My ultimate mission is your success!

Accessibility to Career Services

At many schools, your access to your career advisor is only during their office hours on Monday – Friday and possibly through phone or email. This is not the case at IWP. Because of the unique culture of the Institute and the focus on helping you succeed, you get unprecedented access to your career advisor. Appointments, office hours, phone, email, instant messaging, video chat, and text are all options for you to connect with your Career Success Counselor. Hours are not limited to office hours. Day, evening or night, you have access to get the advice, counseling and guidance you need to help you succeed.

Career Success Services

IWP’s Career Services are focused on the development of a “Career Success Strategy & Action Plan” that will help you achieve your career goals. This strategy includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Confidential counseling and advising
  • Self-assessment and career exploration to determine one’s career passions and interests and match them with the right career
  • Evaluating and determining what skills, education, training and experience are needed to make you competitive and best qualified
  • Career success strategy and job search strategy development and implementation
  • Assisting with the development of targeted self-marketing materials (resumes, cover letters, federal resumes, career success portfolio, etc.) that will help you win interviews and jobs
  • Networking strategy development and implementation
  • Interview preparation
  • Security clearance counseling, advising and preparation
  • Career success seminars & workshops, career spotlights, employer presentations, career fairs
  • Website that provides valuable information to help you succeed
  • Addressing other concerns associated with the job search process and succeeding in your career, work and life

At IWP we believe in the “scholar-practitioner,” which means that those who teach and advise you are those who have served or are still serving in the field of intelligence, national security, homeland security, and international affairs. This is not only the case with your professors but also with IWP’s Career Services. This is part of the IWP experience, and it prepares you for your career.

Agencies, companies and organizations who hire our students and alumni include the: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Security Agency (NSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Army Intelligence & Security Command, Department of State, Brookings Institution, Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Department of Defense (DoD), United Nations (UN), The World Bank, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Congressional Research Service (CRS), BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH),  Council for Foreign Relations, Bearing Point, SAIC, MPRI, and many more.

At the Institute, we are here to prepare you no matter if your choice is to work as the first line of defense for the nation, gather and analyze decision making intelligence, work in international development, or work to shape a freer, more secure, and prosperous world by developing and implementing foreign policy. The preparation to enter these critical professions requires academic, moral and career preparation.   At the Institute, we have not only some of the best professors in the world who are scholar- practitioners and subject matter experts in the fields of national security, intelligence and international affairs, but we also have one the best career services programs that you will ever find.

We want your time at The Institute of World Politics to be completely fulfilling, and we want to make sure you succeed. If you have any questions about IWP Career Services and how we can help you succeed please do not hesitate to contact me.

Derrick T. Dortch, M.Ed.
Director of Career Services