International Trade & Investment Policy

Dr. Robert Weiner, Program Director
Dr. Robert Weiner, Program Director

The International Trade and Investment Policy (ITIP) program is a professional masters degree program designed to train the next generation of global leaders in international economics and business. The ITIP program's structure reflects the increasingly interconnected international economy. Graduates have found rewarding positions in corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, consulting companies, and NGOs that hire professionals with a solid understanding of these complex inter-relationships.

ITIP students complete an interdisciplinary core curriculum focused on international economics and political science, coupled with proficiency in a foreign language. ITIP's distinction is its emphasis on international trade, international macroeconomics, and international political economy, along with quantitative analysis involving econometric applications. ITIP students choose a concerntration in one of the following fields: economic policy analysis, development economics, international business, or finance. The wide selection of courses available at GW encourages students to tailor their program to their interests.

With this solid background, ITIP students have begun their professional careers in a wide variety of organizations.

The ITIP Advantage

photo: Carolina Costa

I believe the greatest advantage of the ITIP program is its interdisciplinary nature. In today's fast evolving and interconnected global economy, having a profound analytical understanding of a number of issues ranging from international trade, to global politics, to international business and financing, among others, is an invaluable asset.

The analytical skills and academic tools acquired through the ITIP Masters serve as strong pillars to my career, greatly contributing to my current position.

Carolina Costa, Class of 2007
Director - Brazil /Southern Cone Dept.
McLarty Associates

photo: Patrick Finch

The work/study balance of the program allowed me incredible access to the DC consulting world and the world of international finance. By the time I left ITIP, I had enhanced my resume with two full years of high value internships, rather than just academic credits. It was primarily due to the job experience, made possible by ITIP classes in the evening, that I had a job offer from a large consulting firm a full semester before I was set to graduate.

Patrick Finch, Class of 2007
Senior Manager
Waypoint Building Group

photo: Mike Batlogg

I believe a part of the ITIP program's "secret sauce" lies in the incredible internship programs afforded to its students in the relevant Federal, multilateral, and private sector organizations in the neighborhood. The fact that so many ITIPers are embedded as interns in these top policy offices is the most compelling evidence of the program's widespread reputation. Also, the ITIP Internship Fund is in place to provide scholarships to those students who choose relevant but unpaid internships.

Mike Batlogg, Class of 2008
Booz Allen Hamilton

Measuring the Internet Economy and Digital Trade

Meredith Broadbent, Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission, delivers a Keynote Address at a conference on the economics of the digital age — Known-Knowns and Unknowns about the Internet: Measuring the Economic, Social, and Governance Impact of the Web.