Careers

The interdisciplinary and international perspective of the international studies major prepares students for graduate school or law school, or for careers in business, government or international organizations. Some careers of interest to international studies majors include:

  • Congressional staff member
  • Customs officer
  • Economist
  • Foreign service officer
  • Historian
  • International banker
  • International business specialist
  • International trade specialist
  • International organizations
  • Interpreter/translator
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal assistant
  • Legislative aid
  • Lobbyist
  • Market research analyst
  • Non-government organizations
  • Journalist
  • Peace Corps/VISTA
  • Political scientist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Researcher
  • Sales representative
  • Securities broker
  • Shipping broker
  • Travel agent
  • Tutor/teacher
  • University administrator
  • Writer/author

Career Resources

Jobs [+]

Action without Borders - Idealist Jobs Openings: Over 1500 vacancies posted by local NGOs in the U.S. and 150+ other countries. Free daily email service.

AlertNet Jobs: Offers listing of current vacancies from leading organizations in emergency relief.

BOND: Current vacancies with British-based international-development NGOs.

Canadian International Development Agency: Opportunities for Canadian citizens, but includes links to international NGOs based in Canada and general advice of wider interest.

Careers Without Borders: Recruitment website dedicated to international jobs in relief and development.

The Communication Initiative Vacancy service: A listing of vacancies with organizations specializing in communication interventions for positive international development. Website also includes register of consultants available for work within the development and communication sectors.

ConflictJobs: A mailing list for jobs in the fields of peace and conflict resolution, development, international education and human rights. To join, send a blank email to conflictjobs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

DevEx.com: One of the largest directories of international development professionals.

DevNetJobs.org: Independent jobs portal for the international development sector. Register on site for free weekly email update.

DevJobs: Vacancy listings for development professionals with three to 15 years of work experience.

Development Resource Centre: Jobs and consultancy opportunities in the development sector. Register on site for free weekly email update.

The Economist: Recruitment section includes senior jobs in relief and development organizations (not only for economists).

The Guardian: Frequently lists humanitarian vacancies in its jobs section.

ELDIS: Offers links to several websites listing jobs in development.

Expats Network: Listing of mainly Francophone vacancies. Register on website to receive job postings and newsletters.

Foreign Policy Association - Global Jobs Board : Listing jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in relief and development organizations. Offers free email notification for new postings.

Foreign Service: The Foreign Service written exam is offered throughout the year. Details are posted as soon as they become available.

Hotline: A bi-monthly bulletin with employment opportunities for returned Peace Corps volunteers. Available online.

Human Rights Tools Job Board: Announcements of jobs with human rights organizations around the world. Also offers links to other human rights job sites.

Interaction: Resources for people seeking paid or volunteer positions with U.S.-based international relief and development agencies.

International Health Exchange (IHE): Specialist recruiter of health workers for overseas development and humanitarian programs.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program : Seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program aims to enhance foreign language education in Japan, and to promote international exchange at the local level through fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth. See website for more information and eligibility requirements.

Mango: Specialist register for finance professionals.

Nonprofit jobs around the world can be found at www.idealist.org/career/morejobs.html and http://fdncenter.org/pnd/jobs/index.jhtml.

OneWorld Jobs: Listings for many jobs in human rights, environment and sustainable development.

Opportunities Abroad: An extensive directory of vacancies in over 80 developing countries, across a variety of skills, from over 40 aid, mission and development agencies. Around 50% of posts require a faith commitment.

Oxford Human Resources Consultants Ltd: Recruitment consultancy covering management and specialist posts in the areas of development aid, emergency relief, environmental conservation and ethical business sectors.

Peace Corps: Recruiting volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to fill positions in business, education, health, agriculture, the environment and community services. Positions are available in all fields.

RedR: Maintains a register of competent individuals who can be called upon at very short notice.

ReliefWeb Humanitarian Vacancies: The main site for humanitarian relief job announcements; also provides links to most other websites listing jobs in this field. Free registration for automatic weekly notification of new postings.

Sustainable Business : Lists job opportunities, fellowships and internships

U.S. Federal Government jobs

Yellow Monday : Weekly newsletter from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Sussex includes a listing of internal and external job vacancies in the development sector. It is available online or by email.

Volunteer Opportunities [+]

Action Without Borders is a U.S.-based register of around 23,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 150+ countries with many opportunities for volunteers.

Balkan Sunflowers brings together volunteers from all over the world to work on short projects that help to make life easier and more fun, and contribute to a climate of trust and self-confidence.

Casa Alianza offers six- to 12-month placements for Spanish speakers to work with street children in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.

Global Volunteer Network places people in community projects in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Romania and Uganda. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational and community-aid programs. Volunteers may be involved in teaching English, environmental work, health and sanitation, and cultural home stays.

International Service recruits professionals for two-year placements with locally organized and managed initiatives in Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Mali and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

National Centre for Volunteering lists around one hundred agencies in Britain that place volunteers abroad on work projects. The duration of placements ranges from a few weeks to two years, and many organizations will charge a fee.

Progressio places skilled professionals to share their skills with partners in 11 countries. Advocacy work is focused around three themes: effective governance and participation, HIV and AIDS, and sustainable environment and small-scale farming.

The Red Cross has over one million Americans serving as volunteers each year, attending to local community needs: helping people in emergencies, providing half the nation's blood supply, teaching first aid and CPR courses, delivering emergency messages to members of the military, and organizing programs for the elderly and young people.

Skillshare International recruits development workers and health-care trainers for projects in Africa and Asia.

Voluntary Work Information Service is an international networking service for volunteers, workers and travelers on volunteer projects in over 150 countries worldwide.

Volunteering and Overseas Development: A Guide to Opportunities and Thinking About Volunteering: Two booklets by Returned Volunteer Action (RVA) form an invaluable introductory pack for those considering becoming an overseas volunteer or development worker. Get more information at retvolact@lineone.net

VSO, Peace-Corps and CECI provide training and field placements for qualified and experienced professionals willing to commit around two years to working in a developing country for local wages.

United Nations Volunteers offers a wide range of opportunities for professional volunteers in health, peacekeeping and development projects with UN agencies around the world. For information on internships with the UN, visit the internships website.

World Volunteer Web provides volunteer news and information from around the world.

Specialized Training Opportunities [+]

Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) is co-organized by the Sida Civil Society Center (SCSC) and the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (HPCR). Its aim is to build a foundation of insightful and continuous dialogue on humanitarian issues among NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.

The Australian Aid Resource and Training Guide (AARTG) lists courses based mainly in Australia but some are also available by distance learning or online.

Bioforce Development Institute is a French center for professional training and human resources management, specializing in international aid.

Financial Management Training at Mango

Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) is a Swedish government agency dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of international conflict and crisis management, with a particular focus on peace operations.

Human Rights Internet (Human Rights Education)

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) was established in 1998 by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and is the leading international body monitoring conflict-induced internal displacement worldwide.

ReliefWeb offers a useful resource in the form of the Humanitarian Assistance Training Inventory (HATI) that lists courses, workshops and certificate programs, as well as some academic programs.

Training (RedR)

Review of NGO Management and Development Courses

Short courses at CDS in Swansea, Wales

United Nations Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP)

Selected Graduate Programs in the United States [+]

American University: School of International Service/International Peace and Conflict Resolution

Boston University : School of Public Health/certificate program in managing disasters and complex emergencies

Columbia University: Mailman School of Public Health/School of International Public Affairs

Gallaudet University: International development with emphasis on vulnerable populations

George Washington University: Elliott School of International Affairs

Georgetown University: Institute for the Study of International Migration/M.S. in foreign service

Harvard University: JFK School of Government

Johns Hopkins University Bloomburg School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's free online courses (does not confer degree or certificate).

Johns Hopkins University: SAIS: School of Advanced International Studies

Monterey Institute of International Studies: Manager of the GSIPS career services office

Princeton University: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Rutgers University: Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Syracuse University: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Tufts University: Feinstein International Famine Center/Fletcher School

University of Connecticut: M.S. in Humanitarian Services Administration

University of Michigan: University of Michigan School of Public Health/Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

University of Minnesota: Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Scholarships and Fellowships [+]