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.



Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for International Affairs*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations

SKILLS acquired with your degree

Critical Thinking

  • Understanding complex factors within problems
  • Perceiving patterns/structures
  • Comparing/contrasting interpretations
  • Assessing cultural differences
  • Assessing conflicting viewpoints

Communication

  • Analytical writing
  • Editing
  • Drafting documents
  • Summarizing and presenting information
  • Public speaking
  • Language proficiency
  • Strong writing skills

Research

  • 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)

TIPS

  • 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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The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Accenture Security Consulting Analyst
Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia Intern
Advanced Benefit Strategies, Inc. Administrative Assistant
AEON Foreign Language Teacher
AIPAC Fellow
Amal Alliance Program Intern
American Transaction Processors Coalition Project Coordinator
AmeriCorps Parent and Community Engagement VISTA
Austrian Ministry of Education English Teaching Assistant
Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. Legal Assistant
Booz Allen Hamilton Consultant
Brenda Lopez Romero for Congress Campaign Fellow
Capgemini Business Analyst
Capitol Hill Intern
CASA de Maryland Legal Assistant
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Intern
City of Roswell Administrative Specialist II
City of Sandy Springs Public Relations Assistant
City Year Development Operations Coordinator
CNN Intern, Researcher with The Row
Cru Short Term International Intern, Short Term International Staff
D Gonzalez Law LLC Community, Media, and Policy Fellow
Dartmouth College Debate Coach
David Kennedy & Associates Paralegal
Deloitte Analyst, Analyst with Strategy and Operations, Business Analyst, GPS Analyst, Strategy and Operations Analyst
Democratic Party of Georgia Field Organizer
Dentons Senior Public Policy Analyst
DKT Polish Social and Digital Media Manager
Docebo Customer Success Specialist
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project Development Associate
Emory Hillel Program Associate
Extra Special People, Inc. Camp Counselor
FleishmanHillard Diversity Fellow
Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta Outreach and Fundraising Intern
GDH Consulting Consultant
Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security Equipment and Logistics Planner
Georgia State Governor's Office Legislative Tracking Intern
Glass & Robson Paralegal
Global Consortium LLC. Business Development Analyst
GreenSky Financial Services Business Development Associate
Groom Law Group Legal Assistant
Hacettepe University English Teacher
Healthcare Legal Solutions, LLC Paralegal
Hill Holliday Assistant Account Executive
Holland & Knight Intern, Legislative Assistant
Homrich for Congress Grassroots Coordinator
International Model United Nations Association Not Specified
J. Walter Thompson INSIDE Account Management Intern
KaiserDillon PLLC Legal Assistant
Keybridge Research Assistant
Kiwi Media Group Global Distribution Specialist
Landis,Gyr Proposal Writer
Law & Moran Legal Assistant
Life Time Inc. Supervisor
Liqui-Box Sustainability Coordinator
LocumTenens.com Credentialing Coordinator
Maxar Radiant Solutions All-Source Analyst
McAllister & Quinn Research Analyst
Meredith Corporation allrecipes.com SEO Writer
Meridian Herald Inc Digital Marketing Consultant
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Economic Development
NASCO IT Development Scheduler
National Democratic Institute Program Assistant - Central and West Africa
NCR Project Manager
Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies Intern
Oblander Group Financial Assistant
Office of U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter Intern
Office of U.S. Congressman Jamie Raskin Staff Assistant
Office of U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus Intern
Office of U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski Staff Assistant
Office of U.S. Senator David Perdue Special Assistant, Staff Assistant
Office of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson Staff Assistant
Official JET Program USA Not Specified
Old Dominion Freight Line Management Trainee
Osgood Center for International Studies Program Associate
Park and Associates Legal Assistant
Pew Charitable Trusts Legal Associate
Pinnacle Bank ITM Specialist
Political Compliance Management Services Compliance Associate
Prestige Staffing Technical Recruiter
Priorities USA Digital Advertising/Analytics Fellow
RAS Crane, LLC Foreclosure Legal Assistant
ReluTech Cloud Sourcing Analyst
Risk Management of Atlanta Production Manager
Riverbend Environmental, Inc. Environmental Specialist
Sidley Austin Legal Secretary
Simpleray Account Manager
Sperone Westwater Gallery Assistant
Strategic Partners & Media Production Coordinator
SunTrust Bank Business Transformation Analyst
Teach For America Teach For America Corps Member
Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research Field Technician
The Byars Firm Case Manager
The Carter Center Conflict Resolution Intern
The International Scholar Senior Editor
The Moreno Law Firm, LLC Paralegal
The Nature Conservancy Donor Communications and Stewardship GLOBE Intern
Third Bridge Analyst
Town of Provincetown Planning and Conservation Department Planning Assistant
U.S. Air Force Finance Officer, Intelligence Officer
U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant - Field Artillery, Aviation Officer, Cryptologic Linguist
U.S. Department of Defense Human Geographer
U.S. Department of State Human Rights Intern
U.S. Fulbright Student Program Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
U.S. House of Representatives Staff Assistant
University of Georgia Brand Design Volunteer - Insect Zoo
University of Georgia Wesley Foundation Intern
VMware Order Management Analyst
Voice of America Media Resources Team Supervisor
Walt Disney World Cast Member
War Room Strategies Special Projects and Operations Manager
Weishaupt House America Incorporated Inside Sales
William Morris Endeavor Floating Assistant
Winshape Intern
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA International Affairs - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**

Graduate School Program(s)
American University Law and Public Policy, JD/MPP
ATP Flight School Commercial Pilot Certification Training Program, Certificate
Boston University Public Health, MPH
College of Charleston Law, JD
Duke University Public Policy, MPP
Edinburgh Napier University International Finance, MSc
George Mason University International Security, MA
George Washington University International Relations and Affairs, MA; Law, JD
Georgetown University Law and Security Studies, MA/JD
Georgia Institute of Technology Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, MS-ALIS; Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management, MSEEM
Georgia State University Law, JD; Not Specified
Mercer University Law, JD
New York University Law, JD
Not Specified Not Specified
The George Washington University International Affairs, MA
The New School International Affairs, Not Specified
The University of Auckland Not Specified, Not Specified
Tsinghua University Global Affairs, MA
University College London Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, MA
University of Erfurt Public Policy, MPP
University of Georgia International Policy, MIP; Law, JD; Nonprofit Management and Leadership, MA; Political Science and International Affairs, MA; Professional Counseling, MEd; Public Administration, MPA; Public Administration (Nonprofit Management), MPA
University of Miami Law, JD
University of Minnesota Biostatistics, MS
University of Virginia Law, JD
Washington and Lee University Law, JD; Not Specified
* denotes no responses received.