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International Relations

International Relations is focused on global perspectives and relationships. You might explore this area if you have an interest in cultural awareness and the interconnectedness of people all over the world. You might enjoy learning about language and be diplomatic when you communicate with others.

Explore Career Paths and Possibilities:

Below is a sample list of entry points for students interested in International Relations. While job functions within this area can vary greatly, a passion for global affairs and connecting with others from diverse backgrounds is essential. Communications, language, and diplomacy are some of the many focus areas. Working for departments within the government, nonprofits, corporations and businesses, as well as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) are popular internships and work settings for those interested in this area.

Internships:

  • International Visitor Program Intern
  • Political Affairs Intern 
  • International Affairs Intern

Post-Grad Entry Points:

  • Language Analyst
  • Diplomat
  • Communications Specialist 
  • Public Affairs Consultant 
  • Foreign Service Officer 

Trends:

Some industries change more quickly than others, it is important to stay informed on the latest trends in your interest areas to be sure you are best preparing yourself for internships and full time roles post-graduation. Below are a few resources to help you stay up to date regarding careers within International Relations:

International Studies Association
Chicago Council on Global Affairs