Global Studies

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Area

International Business

  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Labor relations
  • Banking and finance
  • Economics
  • International development

  • Real estate
  • Sales
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Product management
  • Supply chain management
  • Healthcare administration

  • Agricultural economics
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering/Computer and software services
  • Importing/Exporting
  • Customer service
  • Consulting

Employers

  • International companies:
    • Foreign firms operating in the U.S.
    • U.S. firms operating in foreign countries
  • 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

  • Manufacturers: automobile
  • Retail stores
  • Environmental firms
  • Logistics firms
  • Sports organizations

Strategies

  • Earn a business minor or take business related coursework.
  • Become fluent in at least one additional language.
  • Develop international competency by studying abroad.
  • Seek an international internship, even if unpaid.
  • Learn about NAFTA, WTO, and GATT policies.
  • Acquire supervisory skills and experience by taking leadership roles in student organizations.
  • Learn about geography and international travel regulations.
  • Sharpen your public speaking and intercultural communication skills.
  • Interact with the international student population on campus.
  • Keep abreast of political, economic, and social changes worldwide.
  • Develop an understanding of the international business environment.
  • Research firms with international interests. Target larger firms that may be more likely to employ contracting services.
  • Develop your skills domestically and build a network of contacts.
  • Understand that many companies send more seasoned employees to work abroad. Be prepared to start working in the U.S. for a firm with an overseas presence.

Area

International Relations

  • Diplomacy
  • Peacekeeping
  • Foreign affairs
  • Program administration
  • Community development

  • Economic development
  • Resource development
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Governance
  • Policy making and analysis

  • Legislative services
  • Political advising
  • Public sector reform
  • Poverty-reduction strategy
  • Ethics and anti-corruption
  • Human rights

Employers

  • United Nations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Relief agencies
  • Religious organizations
  • Educational institutions

  • Consulting firms
  • Research institutes
  • Foundations
  • Defense contractors
  • Legislative officials

Federal government:

  • Department of State
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense:
    • Armed Services
  • US Agency for International Development
  • National Security Council
  • National Security Agency

Strategies

  • Become fluent in a second or third language.
  • Study, volunteer, or work internationally. Seek as many experiences abroad as possible.
  • Complete an internship specifically with a NGO, the US government, or an international government.
  • Study world governments, economics, and religions.
  • Be able to demonstrate your depth of dedication, willingness to adapt, and coping mechanisms to combat stress and difficult situations.
  • Develop skills in the areas of organizing groups, efficiency, and the ability to calm people.
  • Seek cultural experiences on campus and get involved with international students.
  • Learn about geography and international travel regulations.
  • Stay abreast of international news and politics.
  • Sharpen your intercultural communication skills.
  • Learn to see all sides of a problem, including economic, social, political, and environmental.
  • Earn a relevant graduate degree such as international diplomacy, international relations, or law.
  • Research government hiring procedures and seek assistance from your campus career center.

Area

Social Services

  • Human services provision
  • Public health
  • Disaster/Disease relief

  • Economic development
  • Community development
  • HIV/AIDS work

  • Policy development
  • Program administration
  • Program evaluation
  • Volunteer coordination

Employers

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Humanitarian services
  • Religious organizations
  • Relief agencies

  • United Nations:
    • World Health Organization
    • UNICEF
    • Economic and Social Council

  • Federal government:
    • Peace Corps
    • US Agency for International Development
    • National Security Council

Strategies

  • Become fluent in one or more foreign language(s).
  • Work or study abroad to gain international/intercultural competency and practical experience.
  • Complete internships or fellowships to gain experience with social issues of interest.
  • Participate in an international service learning experience or go on mission trips.
  • Develop excellent research, writing, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) exist in the US. Research organizations’ structures, functions, and missions to find a good fit.
  • Volunteer at relevant social service agencies to gain experience and demonstrate interest.
  • Work with or assist immigrants or refugees in the local community.
  • Gain experience with intercultural communication and an appreciation for diversity.
  • Learn about international humanitarian law.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical and management skills.
  • Research government hiring procedures and seek assistance from your campus career center.
  • Consider earning a graduate degree in social work, public administration, or related fields.

Area

Language Services/Education

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum development
  • Tutoring

  • Translating/Interpreting
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Library science

  • Higher Education Administration:
    • International Student Support Services
    • International Houses or Cultural Centers
    • Student affairs
    • Study abroad programming

Employers

  • International schools
  • Overseas dependents’ schools
  • English language institutes
  • Professional language schools

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Colleges and universities

  • Third-party study abroad providers
  • Self-employed
  • Federal government agencies

Strategies

  • Gain practical domestic teaching experience and the necessary training or certificate to teach abroad. Teacher training should include supervised classroom experience.
  • Minor or double major in another subject that you could also teach.
  • Research certification options for teaching English (TESOL, CELTA, CELTC, TEFL).
  • Obtain certificates from schools whose graduates are hired in the international marketplace.
  • Consider obtaining intensive TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) training.
  • Volunteer to tutor children and adults in English.
  • Learn other languages to help understand how languages work.
  • Sharpen intercultural competency, sensitivity, and tolerance. Those who are successful at teaching abroad tend to be independent, flexible, and patient.
  • Develop superior written and oral communication skills in the English language including proper sentence structure and comprehensive vocabulary.
  • Notify local hospitals, schools, and chambers of commerce of your availability to translate or interpret for international visitors.
  • Get involved with student leadership experiences on campus.
  • Look for positions in developing nations or Asian countries. Teaching positions in Europe are very competitive.
  • Earn a master’s degree in College Student Affairs to work with study abroad programs or with international student services.

Area

Communications

  • Foreign news correspondence
  • International broadcasting
  • Reporting

  • Editorial/Column writing
  • Investigative journalism
  • Research

  • Photography
  • Freelance work

Employers

  • Foreign news agencies
  • Television networks
  • Large circulation newspapers
  • Wire services

  • Trade newspapers
  • Online publishers
  • Labor unions
  • Academic journals

  • International newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Self-employed

Strategies

  • Earn a minor or supplement curriculum with communication courses, (e.g., journalism, advertising, and broadcasting).
  • Gain experience with campus newspaper or media.
  • Obtain a summer job or internship with a newspaper or other media source.
  • Demonstrate curiosity, high energy level, ability to produce under pressure, and withstand criticism.
  • Develop excellent grammar and writing skills.
  • Create a portfolio of work samples, especially those that have been published, or demonstrate multimedia work on a website or electronic portfolio.
  • Travel and study abroad. Learn a second language.
  • Get involved in professional associations. Build a network of contacts.
  • Research international media firms.

Area

International Public Law

  • Economic law
  • Trade and investment law
  • Commercial arbitration

  • Criminal law
  • Refugee law
  • Human rights law

  • Environmental law
  • Humanitarian law

Employers

  • Federal government:
    • Department of Defense
    • Department of State
    • Department of Commerce
    • Department of Protection Agency

  • Law firms with an international practice
  • Overseas law firms
  • Corporations
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), (e.g., Amnesty International, Human Rights First).

  • Inter-governmental organizations (IGSs), (e.g., United Nations (UN), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ).
  • Consulting firms

Strategies

  • Develop strong research skills and attention to detail.
  • Participate in debate teams to hone communication skills.
  • Gain practical experience through an internship, part-time or summer work in a law firm.
  • Shadow an attorney to learn more about the field and various specialties.
  • Get involved in pre-law organizations.
  • Plan to attend law school and earn a law degree (JD).
  • Maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations. Prepare for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test).
  • Research law schools to find those that offer courses in international public law and have a good reputation.
  • While in law school, gain international experience through internships or summer programs.
  • Jobs in this field are extremely competitive. Plan to gain several years experience before starting an international law career.

Area

Travel and Tourism

  • International airline services
  • Booking and reservations
  • Travel services/guidance
  • Ecotourism

  • Convention and visitors’ bureaus
  • Transportation
  • Hospitality

  • Restaurant/Food service
  • Customer/Guest services
  • Marketing management

Employers

  • Tour and excursion companies
  • Travel agencies
  • Lodging: hotels/motels, resorts, timeshares
  • Property management companies

  • Restaurants/Food services providers
  • Airlines/Airports
  • Cruise lines
  • Car rental agencies

  • Convention centers
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Amusement centers, theme parks, and attractions
  • U.S. Military Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs

Strategies

  • Supplement coursework or earn a minor in hotel, restaurant, & tourism administration or recreation & tourism management.
  • Gain experience through an internship, part-time, or summer work in a hotel, restaurant, or area of interest.
  • Work or study abroad to gain international/intercultural competency.
  • Learn about international travel regulations.
  • Develop office management and technology skills.
  • Maintain a travel blog.
  • Show attention to detail.
  • Build a strong foundation in customer service.
  • Learn to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people and to work well in teams.
  • Become fluent in another language.
  • Understand that employees in this industry typically work long hours including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Prepare to work “from the bottom up” to gain industry experience in order to relocate for promotions.

General Information

  • Develop linguistic skills. Become fluent in a second and third language.
  • Demonstrate intercultural competency, sensitivity, and tolerance.
  • Gain experience communicating with people from other cultures. Seek opportunities to interact with international students on campus or in your community.
  • Study abroad, work abroad, or travel to a foreign country while in school to develop language skills and international competency.
  • 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 or volunteer positions abroad.
  • Obtain daily papers in target city to determine international and national news, business features, real estate markets, and community calendars.
  • Get your foot in the door through domestic positions because many international employers promote current employees to international positions.
  • Develop traits such as creativity, initiative, tenacity, a willingness to take risks, an adventurous spirit, and a sense of humor.
  • In general, international positions are competitive and difficult to obtain. Be proactive in developing the skills and experiences that will prepare you for an overseas job.
  • Be very planful about building an international career. It takes time to develop a set of skills and experiences that will prepare you for an overseas job.
  • Learn about international travel regulations including the specific visa requirements for the country you’re traveling to and the jobs you’ll be working in.