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International Studies Career Outlook


A program that focuses on global and international issues from the perspective of the social sciences, social services, and related fields.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook, or O*Net websites.

Career Outlook

Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with an international studies major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.


As an international studies major, students may develop or advance skills including public speaking, international competency, sensitivity and tolerance, intercultural communication, language fluency, global awareness, research, writing, analytical, research, writing, curiosity, attention to detail.


Graduates with a degree in international studies can work as Volunteer Coordinators, Foreign News Correspondents, Foreign Service Employees, Refuge/Relief Workers, Investigative Journalists, International Travel/Tour Guides, Airline/Airport Workers, International Business Developers.


Graduates with a degree in international studies can work within the following areas: refuge relief, economic crises/development, climate change, international/domestic relations, international business development, agricultural economics, import/export, supply chain, diplomacy, foreign affairs, community development, public/private partnerships, human rights, disaster/disease relief, ecotourism.


Graduates with a degree in international studies can work for multinational corporations, domestic and foreign financial institutions, environmental firms, logistics companies, consulting firms, federal government, foundations, defense contractors, religious organizations, non-government organizations, television networks, international law firms, international airlines, travel agencies, cruise lines.



In addition to other employment opportunity websites, the Center for SUCCESS uses Handshake to share internships and jobs with students. Please explore the positions provided in the automated feed below or click "View All" to explore positions in Handshake using your major as a filter.

Although we attempt to screen all employers and positions, the Center for SUCCESS and Saint Xavier University assume no liability for the accuracy of information shared in this feed or through Handshake. The views and opinions shared by employers through Handshake do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Center for SUCCESS and Saint Xavier University.

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