International Development, Humanitarian Work, Advocacy, Social Justice

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International Studies graduates are well positioned to take jobs in fields related to International Development and Humanitarian Assistance around the world. Not only do graduates have the cross-cultural competencies and experience learning another language to thrive in an international setting, many have also gained relevant work experience through research with professors and local and international internships. They are ready to work for local or international non-governmental organizations, service-delivery agencies, and the United Nations. 

Examples of jobs and employers reported by International Studies alumni

  • Program coordinator (financial services in Africa/Asia), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator of Global Programs, PATH
  • Research and Impact Officer, Global Partnerships
  • Academic Services Manager, Vietnamese Friendship Association
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Paralegal at non-profit, The Door

Something that was stressed often throughout my International Studies courses was learning from multiple perspectives. Whether it was discussing comparative politics or writing a literature review for my honors thesis, it was important to capture the full picture from all angles. This is something that I strive to do everyday. For me to be an effective advocate for my clients when they apply for humanitarian relief, it is necessary to remember that my clients have grown up in a completely different environment than my own, with a unique culture and set of values.

Emi Montenegro International Studies Graduate

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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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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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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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