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Places of Employment

A major in international studies helps students develop transferable skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: analysis, research, writing, problem solving, and knowledge of other cultures and languages. International studies majors may find employment in business, government, nonprofits, social services, consulting firms, and educational institutions depending on their skills and experience. Internships may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested international studies majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for international studies majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

Jobs Reported by International Studies Majors

This is a list of jobs international studies majors reported having at graduation. It was generated from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Account Coordinator for digital marketing and media company
  • Administrative Assistant for a think tank
  • Analyst for a bank
  • Assistant Buyer for a department store
  • Assistant Language Teacher for a cultural exchange program
  • Assistant Manager/Buyer for a music store
  • Assistant Self-Sufficiency Advisor for a nonprofit agency fighting poverty
  • Business Analyst for a consulting firm
  • Call Center Manager for an engineering company
  • Clerk for a district court
  • Community Development Volunteer for the Peace Corps
  • Community Organizer for a civil rights advocacy organization
  • Compliance Analyst for an investment firm
  • Constituent Services Aide for an elected official
  • Contract Specialist for a mortgage company
  • Counselor/Teacher for at-risk youth in a social services agency
  • Customer Marketing Manager for a global consumer packaged goods manufacturer
  • English Language Assistant for a ministry of education
  • English Teacher for an education nonprofit
  • Events Coordinator for senior center
  • Field Organizer for an environmental nonprofit
  • Financial Analyst for a media and entertainment company
  • Financial Service Professional for mutual life insurance company
  • Foreign Service Officer for the State Department
  • Grassroots product specialist for a sports apparel manufacturer
  • Guidance Counselor for a social services agency serving youth
  • Human Resources Assistant for a federal government agency
  • Human Resources Associate for a large high-technology company
  • Import Account Representative for a logistics and freight forwarding company
  • Import Specialist for a logistics company
  • Information Services Assistant for an forestry institute in India
  • Intern for an art museum
  • Language Instructor for private English teaching company
  • Legal Assistant for a law firm
  • Major Gifts Coordinator for a coalition of charitable organizations
  • Management Analyst for a federal government agency
  • Management Associate for a bank
  • Manager for an import/export company
  • Marketing Analyst for a financial services company
  • Materials Specialist for a nonprofit advocacy group for Hispanics
  • Media Planner for an advertising agency
  • Outreach Specialist for a coalition of charitable nonprofits
  • Paralegal Assistant/Translator for a law firm
  • Program Assistant for a US agency responsible for nonmilitary foreign aid
  • Program Coordinator for a nonprofit international exchange organization
  • Program Director for Disaster Services for a humanitarian aid organization
  • Project Manager for a language and IT services provider
  • Promotion Coordinator for a bank
  • Recruiter for a staffing group
  • Researcher for a consulting firm
  • Residence Hall Director for a university
  • Sales Representative for a consumer goods manufacturer
  • Staff Assistant for public policy organization
  • Strategic Planning Analyst for media and entertainment company
  • Teacher for an education nonprofit
  • Teacher’s Assistant through a grant for international educational exchange

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Vocational Biographies

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  • Foreign Service
  • Bilingual Program Director
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Literacy Volunteer Coordinator
  • Teacher of ESL
  • International Visitor's Council Secretary

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Job Search Information for International Studies Majors

  • Asia Society: Career Opportunities
  • U.S. State Department, Foreign Service Officers Overview — Detailed description of Foreign Services Officer specializations.
  • International Relations EDU — With state-by-state guides on how to start or advance a career in international relations, detailed explanations of international relations efforts made at the state and national levels, and feature pieces that answer many of the most important questions aspiring international relations students are likely to have, InternationalRelationsEDU.org offers a unique platform from which to explore career opportunities and education options in international relations.

Study/Work Abroad

International Studies Program — Portland State University
Institute for Asian Studies — Portland State University

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