Potential Career Paths:
International Relations/ Government:
National Security Council (NSC)
Participate in an overseas mission experience. Plan to study abroad or participate in an international work experience. Learn a second or third language.
Research and Writing
International Student Support Services
Study Abroad Programming
Public and private schools abroad
Federal government agencies
English language institutes
Overseas dependents' schools
Religious and volunteer organizations
Colleges and universities
Gain practical domestic teaching experience and necessary training or certificate to teach abroad. Research certification options (TESOL, CELTA, CELTC, TEFL)
Foreign News Correspondence
Foreign news agencies
Large circulation newspapers
Obtain a summer job or internship with a newspaper. Demonstrate curiosity, high energy level, ability to produce under pressure, and withstand criticism. Develop excellent grammar and writing skills. Create a portfolio of writing samples, especially those that have been published. Join a professional journalism organization. Research international newspapers. Gain experience with campus newspaper or media. Travel or study abroad.
Banking and Finance
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
Transportation, travel, and hospitality industry
Learn at least one additional language. Spend a semester studying abroad.
- 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.
Recent alumni have secured positions with the following organizations and companies:
- World Health Organization
- T. Rowe Price
- Booz, Allen, and Hamilton
- City Year
- United States Army
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Teach for America
- Deutsche Bank
- Peace Corps
- Center for Strategic and International Studies
- United States Department of State
- United Nations
- Ohio State University
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- Cornell University