What can I do with a major in International Affairs?
UGA Specific Information for International Affairs
International Affairs is the comprehensive study of global issues of importance in the contemporary world. The focus in this field is on topics such as war and peace, globalization and economic development, as well as domestic and international politics and economics. The major is divided into two subfields: comparative politics and international relations. Comparative politics is the study of domestic politics in developed and developing countries and the different ways that countries deal with global issues. International relations studies how countries relate and interact with one another, as well as with multinational entities, as they deal with global issues.
Employers Hiring UGA International Affairs for the Class of 2015*
AIESEC | AmeriCorps | APL Events Group Inc | Arden's Garden | Balnetine | Bentley Motors Ltd | Bluecore | Breault Law Firm | Cardlytics, Inc. | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | CBRE Group, Inc | CEB Inc. | Center for American Progress | Charles Koch Institute | City Year | Click Ready Marketing | Club Properties | CompliancePoint | Counsel on Foreign Relations | Deloitte | English Opens Doors | Enterprise Rent-A-Car | Ernst & Young | European Parliament Liaison Office | Extra Special People | Federal Bureau of Investigation | Four Seasons | Franciscan Volunteer Ministry | Georgia Department of Corrections | Georgia Department of Economic Development | Good Universe | Gwinnett County Police Department | Habitat for Humanity | IBM | Illien Adoptions International, Inc. | IMPAQ International | Insight Global | Interfuse Media | IronArch Technology | J.W. Business Acquisitions, Inc | Joint Distribution Committee | Jumi's Natural English | Kids R Kids | King & Spalding | Kohl's | LeaseTerm Solutions | Liberty in North Korea | Lincolnton United Methodist | Marriott International | McKinsey & Company | MillerCoors | Ministerio de Educaci | Ministerio de Educaci | Montessori of Macon | Nolan Transportation Group | Office of Congressman Hank Johnson | Osaka University | Perimeter Orthopaedics | Peter Burwash International | Points of Light | Priorities USA | RT USA | See Spark Go | Speedo | Teach for America | The Flats at Carrs Hill | The Georgia Club | The University of Georgia | Turner Sports | U.S. Air Force | U.S. Army | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Department of National Security and Emergency Preparedness | U.S. Congress | U.S. House of Representatives | U.S. Senate | UPS | Vail Resorts | Vector Marketing | War Room Strategies | WLTX 19
Job Titles of UGA International Affairs Majors for the Class of 2015*
Account Management Associate, CEB Legal Leadership Council | Account Manager | Accounting Assistant | Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President | Administrative Sales Assistant | Analyst | Assistant | Assistant Financial Director | Assistant Manager | Assistant Paralegal | Assistant Practice Administrator | Assistant Pre-School Teacher | Assistant Store Manager | Business Analyst | Business Technology Analyst | Claims Analyst | Community Assistant | Consultant | Corps Member | Counselor | Digital Media Coordinator | English Teacher | EP Manager | FEMA Corps Member | Field Sales Manager | Financial Services Office Advisory Staff | Front Desk Agent | Gate Patrol | Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow | Government Consultant | India Program Director | Interim Manager | International Marketing Specialist | International Trade Analyst | Investigative Specialist | Junior Product Developer | Junior Recruiter | Leasing Consultant | Liaison to US Congress | Management Trainee | Market Development Representative | Multimedia Journalist | National Account Manager | National Vice President of Finance and HR | Officer | On Premise Sales Representative | Operations Associate | Police Officer Trainee | Probation Officer | Program Assistant | Project Assistant | Project Coordinator | Project Manager | Recognition Coordinator | Recognition Programs Coordinator | Recruiter | Research Assistant | Research Associate | Sales Communication and Trainer | School of Public Policy Research Assistant | Second Lieutenant | Secretary | Senior Staff Assistant | Staff Assistant | Staff Assistant/Scheduler | Surveillance Specialist | Teacher | Tennis Director | VP Account Delivery Assistant | VP of Talent Management | Youth Director
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA International Affairs Majors for the Class of 2015*
ATP Flight School | Boston College | Chattahoochee Technical College | Emory University | Florida Coastal School of Law | Georgetown University | Georgia College & State University | Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia State University | Mercer University | Michigan State University | Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey | Stanford University | Tel Aviv University | The University of Denver | The University of Georgia | The University of Maryland | The University of South Carolina | Tulane University | Walden University
UGA International Affairs Career Outcomes for the Class of 2015*
** Includes Self-Employed
- Model United Nations
- SPIA Student Organizations
- SPIA Study Abroad opportunities
- Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS)
- Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)
- SPIA Ambassadors Program
To find additonal clubs and organizations, visit the Center for Student Organizations.
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
SKILLS acquired with your degree
- Understanding complex factors within problems
- Perceiving patterns/structures
- Comparing/contrasting interpretations
- Assessing cultural differences
- Assessing conflicting viewpoints
- Analytical writing
- Drafting documents
- Summarizing and presenting information
- Public speaking
- Language proficiency
- Strong writing skills
- Defining problems
- Formulating and assessing hypotheses
- Gathering and analyzing information
- Using original sources
- Understanding cultural contexts
- Interpreting data
- Evaluating evidence and results
- Reading critically
SAMPLE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- White House Fellows
- U.S. State Department
- International labor organizations (e.g. AFL-CIO)
- U.S. or State Congress
- Research Institutes/Think Tanks (e.g. Brookings Institute, Urban Institute)
- International development and relief (e.g. Freedom House, AED, USAID)
- Environmental organization (e.g. EPA, PIRC, Green Peace)
- Educational programs (e.g. Summerbridge)
- Financial services (e.g. The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association)
- Consulting firms (e.g. Drum Cussac Inc.)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Intelligence and National Security (e.g. Intellibridge.com, CIA)
- Political Action Committees (PACs) (e.g. American Israeli PAC)
- Government consulting (e.g. DFI, SAIC)
- Non-Governmental Organizations (e.g. Search for Common Ground)
- 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.
- Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. To search, select “groups” under the “interests” tab. Also, review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.
Interested in graduate school? Find current information on getting into graduate school at UGA’s Career Center webpage.
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Additional Career Research Resources
- My Next Move
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (under the Resources tab, select Online Resources)
- Candid Career - View professionals speaking about their careers (under the Resources tab, select Online Resources)
- Idealist Careers - Helping You Find a Nonprofit Career
- Go Government - Select "Find Your Fit" and then "Browse information by Agency"
- US Department of State
- US Agency for International Development (USAID)
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- National Security Agency
- Peace Corps
- United Nations
- Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
- U.S. International Trade Commission
- USAID 2015 VOLAG Report - List of voluntary relief agencies engaged in overseas relief and development
- The Washington Center
- OXFAM International
- Amnesty International
- Transparency International
- Habitat for Humanity
- American Red Cross
- Catholic Relief Services
- List of think tanks in the U.S. (Wikipedia)
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Institute for Policy Studies
- Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Escape Artist
- Resources for Working Overseas - from the U.S. Department of State
- Transitions Abroad
- Overseas Jobs
- Global Jobs
- Global Development Jobs
- Riley Guide - International Resources
- Go Abroad
- Language Corps - Teach English Abroad
- Athens-Clarke County Employment Guide
- Team Georgia - Careers with the State of Georgia
- The Carter Center
- International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
- Policy Jobs
- Disaster Relief Agencies
- Humanitarian Relief Organizations
- World Trade Organization
- International Relations EDU
- USA.gov - Public Service and Volunteer Opportunities
- Foreign Policy Association
- Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
- International Strategic Studies Association
- Center for International Policy
- Council on Foreign Relations
- American Foreign Policy Council
- Center for Strategic and International Studies
- American Foreign Service Association
- Georgetown Journal of International Affairs