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Global/International Studies

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International Business

 
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Labor Relations
  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics
  • International Development
  • Real Estate
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Product Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Domestic and foreign corporations
  • Multinational service firms
  • Global small and medium enterprises
  • Domestic and foreign financial institutions
  • International marketing firms
  • International real estate firms
  • International trade firms
  • Contracting and consulting firms
  • Convention and visitors' bureaus
  • International airlines
  • Transportation, travel, and hospitality industry

International Relations/Government

 
  • International Law
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Public Service
  • Institutional/Community Development
  • United Nations
  • Relief organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Non-profit organizations/corporations
  • Educational institutions
  • Consulting firms
  • Research institutes
  • Foundations
  • National Security Council (NSC)

Nonprofit/Government

 
  • Human Services Provision
  • Public Health
  • Disaster/Disease Relief
  • Policy Development
  • Program Administration
  • Program Evaluation
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • International organizations
  • Humanitarian services
  • Government agencies with an international focus
  • Relief organizations
  • Associations, societies, research institutes
  • National Security Council
  • United Nations
  • Defense contractors
  • U.S. Peace Corps
  • U.S. Foreign Service
  • USAID
  • Armed Services

Language Services/Education

 
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum Development
  • Interpreting
  • Translating
  • Research and Writing
  • International Student Support Services
  • Study Abroad Programming
  • Public and private schools abroad
  • Community organizations
  • Federal government agencies
  • English language institutes
  • Overseas dependents’ schools
  • Religious and volunteer organizations
  • Colleges and universities

Journalism

 
  • Foreign News Correspondence
  • International Broadcasting
  • Reporting
  • Editorial/Column writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Research
  • Photography
  • Freelance Work
  • Foreign news agencies
  • TV networks
  • Large circulation newspapers
  • Wire services
  • Trade newspapers
  • Online publishers
  • Labor unions
  • Academic journals
  • International newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Museums
  • Self employed

General Information and Strategies

  • Entry-level positions are generally in the U.S., with mid-level positions involving some international travel. Corporations hire employees with the most experience or skills set for overseas work.
  • Target larger firms that may be more likely to employ contracting services.
  • Develop linguistic skills. Learn a second and third language.
  • Demonstrate intercultural competency, sensitivity, and tolerance.
  • Gain experience in communications with people from other countries. Get to know international students on your campus.
  • Live and/or work abroad while in school.
  • Commit to a continuous study of host country’s language.
  • Develop a good understanding of etiquette and business practices in country of target.
  • Look for temporary positions abroad.
  • Obtain daily papers in target city to determine international and national news, business features, real estate markets, and community calendars.
  • Work domestically with an international firm as a contract representative.
  • Develop traits such as creativity, initiative, tenacity, a willingness to take risks and an adventurous spirit, and a sense of humor.