Our Mission

The International Affairs Society (IAS) is the largest non-partisan student organization on the George Washington University’s campus. The IAS is dedicated to promoting the teaching and understanding of international affairs to students, ultimately helping them engage with the world. We are constantly exploring new international topics and taking advantage of our unique location in the nation’s capital to open up the world to our diverse student body.


How do we engage our members?

Learning Beyond the classroom

From excursions to visit an embassy to inviting distinguished guest speakers, the IAS takes full advantage of the George Washington University’s prime location in the heart of Washington, DC. Our events connect GW students to the vibrant political and international community in the city, helping them develop an understanding of international relations and being a global citizen.


Building Social Connections

Our large and inclusive member body makes the IAS a place where people with shared values and interests in international affairs and the world can come together and build lasting relationships. With plenty of fun and engaging events, the IAS strives to help GW students create connections with each other. After all, it’s more fun to explore the intricacies of our world when you’re doing it with friends.

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Inspiring Professionalism

The IAS helps to prepare students for professional opportunities during and after their time at GW. We regularly host resume workshops and maintain an internship database, as well as partner with the school’s Career Center to bring diverse speakers to shed light on different industries. Our organization makes sure that members are well equipped to engage the different opportunities the city offers and eventually enter the field of international relations.

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A Conversation with Dr. Richard Haass

Moderated by Dean of the Elliott School, Amb. Reuben E. Brigety, II

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Resume Workshop

Trip to the Japan Information and Cultural Center