International Studies Career Opportunities

There are a myriad of career options available to International Studies majors with concentrations, and combining a minor can open additional pathways. Below, we have listed some of those many career paths. We'd be happy to discuss how you can tailor your studies to fit your career goals as well.

The world of international business continues to expand with opportunities in trade, technology, capitol and many other arenas.Learn more:

  • Human Resources
  • Labor Relations
  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics
  • International Development
  • Real Estate
  • Consulting
  • Sales/Marketing & Advertising
  • Product Management
  • Importing/Exporting
  • Supply Chain Management

Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs involves addresses international political economy, global governance, intercultural relations, national and ethnic identities, foreign policy analysis, development studies, environment, international security, diplomacy, terrorism, media, social movements and more. Learn more:

  • Diplomacy/Peacekeeping
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Economic Development
  • Human Rights
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption
  • Policy Making & Analysis
  • Political Advising
  • Poverty-Reduction Strategy
  • Community Development
  • Resource Development

The need for language services and educators overseas is ever expanding as technology brings our world closer together. Learn more:

  • Translating/Interpreting
  • Curriculum Development
  • Teaching/Tutoring
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Study Abroad Programming
  • International Student Support
  • International Cultural Center Management

Media and Communication Specialists may handle internal and external communications as well promoting a positive public image and being responsible for press releases and public statements. Other duties could include crafting a brand identity for your company, managing social media account, and collaborating with marketers. Learn more:

  • Foreign News Correspondence
  • International Broadcasting
  • Reporting
  • Editorial/Column Writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Research
  • Photography
  • Freelance Work
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Consultancy

International Public Law is an expansive field filled. Attorneys who practice international law have many options, including practicing U.S. law abroad, or may be involved in diplomacy, policy-making, administration, and internationally-oriented advocacy and activism. Learn more:

  • Economic Law
  • Trade and Investment Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Refugee Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Humanitarian Law
  • Commercial Arbitration

Ready to start making connections for your career today? Take a look at our resource list below, or email us. We'd love to help!


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Our Center for Career and Professional Development offers many resources, including one-on-one appointments with a career coach. Our faculty would be also be happy to discuss your educational journey and career opportunities.


Additional Resources:

International Service: The following organizations have information about working overseas:

Non-profit Sector: What are non-profits? The following links will help you find employment opportunities at non-profit organizations:

Work With Refugees: Many organizations work with refugees around the world. Here are a few links for employment opportunities: