Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs, Public Policy, Security

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As an International Studies graduate, you will develop a broad historical and cultural knowledge to engage in critical international conversations to pursue a more just and humane world. Whether you work as a Foreign Service officer or as a local policy analyst, your political, economic, and language skills gained in the INST program will help you finding a meaningful and successful career. 

Examples of jobs and employers reported by International Studies alumni

  • Assistant Director (security and strategy), The Brookings Institute), 
  • Analyst (Doing Business Team), World Bank
  • Foreign Service Officer (Beijing, China), U.S. State Department
  • Country Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Policy Analyst/Program Manager, City and County of San Francisco
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Vice Consul, U.S. Consulate General, Krakow, Poland

Every day, I am presented with vast amounts of information which I must quickly analyze to make decisions that could impact the national security of the United States. The interdisciplinary nature of INST prepared me to look at this data with a variety of lenses- political, economic, historical, socio-cultural- that allow me to develop a richer and more comprehensive analysis and ultimately make better decisions.

Kraig Cook International Studies Graduate

How your degree prepares you for positions in these fields

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Career readiness

A degree in International Studies makes you career-ready by practicing the skills and competencies that employers and organizations are looking for. Find out more.

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Career pathways

Our International Studies degree prepares you for a wide and flexible range of careers on graduating. Find out what career pathways are common among our alumni. 

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Graduate study

Our International Studies degree prepares you for further studies in a variety of disciplines. Find out what our graduates have gone on to study.

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The Career Engagement Office helps you in your career exploration, discovery of experiential learning opportunities, job search, interview preparation, and more. Check it out!

Alumni Stories

"I learned to respectfully relate with people from other cultures, while adapting to their social norms." Ruth Yohannes '19

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