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
- Tufts IR Careers — Career resources 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
- Info Guide to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process (PDF)
- Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) Practice Test
- Electronic Embassy — A good place to start before you go abroad, this site has a large list of recommendations for Americans as well as specific information pertaining to country-specific visas
- Peace Corps — Since 1960, more than 190,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 host countries, dealing with issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental protection
- GoAbroad.com — Travel resources, related website listings, newsletters, and more. Search programs online by country or certification program
- GuideStar — A national database of nonprofit organizations, searchable by location and keyword
- Interstride — Use this interactive career platform to get info on navigating the visa process (for international students), searching for jobs, building one’s network, and more. Although it’s particularly useful for international students, Interstride offers a variety of tools for all students.
- Opportunities in Public Affairs — Internship opportunities in the Washington, DC area focused on government, public relations, advocacy, and media. Username: TuftsCC; Password: Jumbo
- Internships for Undergrads: View internship books for 3,000 organizations with positions in 14 sectors. Username: TuftsU; Password: GoJumbos, then click on Undergraduate
- Global Jobs — Jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in NGOs, think tanks, government, and the private sector
- ESL Employment — Job listings around the world for ESL teachers
- EscapeArtist.com — View job listings, post your resume, and search related articles by topic, country, geographical region, or industry of international work
- BUNAC — After clicking on the country in which you live, you are sent to a site with information on a few short-term work programs in other countries. The time frame varies by country, but are usually somewhere between up to 4 months to up to 12 months
- i to i Volunteering — Innovative courses for travelers along with unique volunteer placements around the world. Training includes TEFL courses, Spanish lessons, and more
- iHipo International Careers – Lists internships, jobs and graduate programs abroad