MARSLAC Alumni & Placements

Placement & Employment Insights

Academic & Non-Academic Placements

Alumni surveys covering 2010 to 2021 graduates, indicate that 22% go on to pursue further graduate studies, including 16% that pursue Ph.D.s and 6% that pursue law or other graduate degrees.

Graduate Degrees

Alumni have gone on to Ph.D. programs in African & African Diaspora Studies, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, Ethnomusicology, Health Services, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

Doctoral programs of alumni have included, City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, Columbia University, Stanford University, Tulane University, Universite Paris II Pantehon-Assas, University of British Columbia Vancouver, University of California San Diego, University of Cambridge, University of Chicago, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington Seattle, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.

Alumni have also pursued Law degrees and additional Masters degrees (e.g., Education and MFA in Creative Writing).

Where MARSLAC Graduates Work

Alumni surveys covering 2010 to 2021 graduates indicate that 25% work in education, 24% at Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) or Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), 21% in the public sector, and 30% in the private sector.

MARSLAC Alumni Placements


About one quarter of alumni are in education (including 10% working in higher education, 7% that are currently in a graduate degree program, and 5% working in elementary or secondary education).

Alumni include those working in higher education as professors, researchers, instructors, and administrative staff, including Harvard University, Lehman College (CUNY), Maastricht University, New York University, University of Cambridge, University of Hartford, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin Madison, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney.

Some former MARSLAC students also work in elementary or secondary education including DREAM Charter School, East Harlem Tutorial Program, Princeton Day School, and York Prep School

Non-Profit Organizations

About one quarter of alumni work at nonprofit institutions, including Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) focused on international or domestic issues.

There are alumni working at IGOs like the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Pan American Development Foundation, the United Nations headquarters, the United Nations World Food Programme, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Alumni also hold positions at NGOs focused on international affairs and development, like the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the International Rescue Committee. 

Other alumni apply their skills at US foundations and other non-profits focused on a variety of other issues, including Latino communities, the environment, health, and public policy, among others. Alumni are employed, for example, at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Black Economic Alliance Foundation, Hudson County Latino Foundation, National League of Cities, Natural Resource Defense Council, Next100, Pew Research Center, Pure Earth, and The Nature Conservancy

Public Sector

About 20% of alumni work in the public sector. Among these are those that work in the U.S Federal Government, including the US Department of State, US Department of Defense, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Other alumni work in the Foreign Ministries or other governmental institutions of other nations, including, for example, those working at the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Media & Communications

About 10% of alumni are applying their knowledge, research, and communications skills working in the journalism and media sectors. This includes both private and non-profit media organizations. MARSLAC graduates currently work or have worked at BBC News Brazil, CNN, Globo News, LinkedIn, National Public Radio (NPR), Prospero Latino, Reuters, Revista Piaui, and The New York Times.

Private Sector

About a third of alumni are employed in the private sector, applying their knowledge and skills in a wide range of different corporations, including, for example, those in the media, publishing, legal, finance, telecommunications, energy, and other sectors. Examples include Korea Telecoms (KT), LinkedIn, Macmillan Publishers, Michael Kors, Millenium Management Global Investment, and PepsiCo.