International relations or international affairs —commonly also referred to as international studies, global studies, or global affairs —is the study of politics, economics and law on a global level. In this section, you will learn about the variety of career opportunities in government, journalism, law, non-governmental organizations, international business, and teaching and research.
We encourage you to check out these recommended resources for career exploration, internship and job searches.
Learn & Explore
- APSIA — A consortium of international affairs grad school programs from all over the world, including the APSIA International Careers Guide with descriptions of 30+ career paths in international affairs, including sample employers and job search sites
- Devex — Global development news & jobs site; particularly helpful for their organization search
- Tufts IR Careers — Career resource guides from the Tufts International Relations Program
- Boston Network for International Development — Events and resources for Boston area groups and individuals concerned with issues of international development and global justice
- Study, Work & Travel Abroad — The International Center at the University of Michigan is well known for its work abroad resources
- Foreign Service Officer Information and Career Path
- Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) Practice Test
- Peace Corps — an international service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad. More than 190,000 volunteers have served in 139 host countries, dealing with issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental protection
- GoAbroad.com — international travel/search engine to find opportunities to volunteer, work/intern or teach abroad, gap year programs, including expert travel articles and scholarships
- Teachaway — 14 websites for English teaching jobs abroad
- Vox Souley — Resources to find opportunities in international development and humanitarian assistance
- Interstride — Designed for international students by international students, this interactive career platform helps students find employers and full-time jobs that sponsor H-1B, provides resources for living and working abroad, webinars and guides to numerous countries overseas with links to health and safety information and job postings.
- Opportunities in Public Affairs — Internship opportunities in the Washington, DC area focused on government, public relations, advocacy, and media.
- Internships for Undergrads: View internship books for 3,000 organizations with positions in 14 sectors.
- Global Jobs — Jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in NGOs, think tanks, government, and the private sector
- BUNAC — offers work permit services for current students or recent college graduates in Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. BUNAC is able to secure work authorization for students who have secured internships in Britain
- Global Volunteers — Volunteer abroad or in the US
- GoOverseas.com — This site offers a searchable database of international opportunities (internships, placement organizations, jobs, and volunteer programs) with detailed information on costs and reviews.
- Idealist — A resource for finding internships in non-profits, both in the U.S. and internationally
- UN Careers — portal to find jobs and internships
- UN Youth Volunteers — gain valuable volunteer experience via online, abroad or in your home country
- Bond — search for jobs in international development
- Impactpool — recruitment platform for impact organizations
- Relief Web — search engine provided by UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to find humanitarian jobs, consultancies, internships and volunteer opportunities
Sample Internships, Fellowships & Experiential Programs
- Scoville Peace Fellowship — 6-9-month fellowships in DC
- Gilman International Scholarship for Internships Abroad — aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.
- AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps — 1-year program with various nonprofit partners
- US Global Leadership Coalition — provides internships in Government Relations, Outreach, Policy, and Communications
- Schwartzman Scholars — supports up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year master’s in global affairs in Beijing
- Princeton in Asia and Princeton in Africa — 1-year programs with work placements in a variety of settings
- Rian Immigrant Center — Internships & Volunteer
- Center for Immigration Studies Internship Program — think tank devoted exclusively to the research of U.S. immigration policy
- Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus — internship to see women’s political movement in action and exploration of the different aspects of public service
- Tufts Tisch Summer Fellows — students from across the university engage with critical social issues, add capacity to host sites, and advance the public good while developing their own professional skills and networks
- Tufts Career Center Grants — funds 45-50 undergraduate students each summer doing unpaid internships for a minimum of 300 hours
- Hurford Youth Fellowship Program — program seeks to build the leadership skills and harness the potential of young democracy activists from around the world. Open to all class years and US/non-US citizens
- Bobby R. Inman Award for Student Scholarship: Call for Papers — the Award competition is designed to recognize outstanding research and writing by undergraduate or graduate students on topics related to intelligence or international security