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International Studies

What Can I Do With A Major In International Studies?

The International Studies program provides students with the tools to follow and assess current political and economic events and changes, while providing an historical and cultural background, essential to understanding such events. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, an appreciation of different cultures, as well as political and economic trends, is essential for graduates to achieve professional and personal success. Employers are looking for graduates with strong analytical skills who are able to understand and evaluate the impact of political, economic, and cultural events. Government agencies, international organizations, private corporations, non-profit groups, and professional and trade organizations desire new employees who are capable of working with a global perspective.

Visit CCSU’s International Studies Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations


Climate Change Project Officer

College Study Abroad Advisor

Curriculum Developer

Customs Inspector


Equal Employment Opportunity Officer

Foreign Exchange Trader

Human Rights Advisor

Immigration Officer

International Journalist

International Lawyer

International Relations Specialist

Museum Curator

Online Learning Platform Coordinator

Peace Corps Volunteer

Political Scientist


Risk Management Specialist

Training Specialist


Travel Agent

Travel Guide

For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs

Congressional Research Service

Council on Foreign Relations

Department of State, United States

East-West Center

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Policy Association

Global Gateway - Library of Congress

Government Accountability Office


International Affairs Forum

International Business Center

International Studies Association

Making the

NAFSA: Association of International Educators


Phi Beta Delta Honor Society

The United Nations (UN) 

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources 

World Trade Organization

Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities

International studies majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for international studies majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.

Americorps/ASPIRA of Connecticut - Americorps/ASPIRACorps Member

Beekley Corporation - International Marketing Internship

ING - Customer Contact Center Representative, Bilingual Customer Contact Center Representative

Monte Saino Conservation Center - Conservation Volunteer

Sportika Export - Procurement and ERP Internship

State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management - Legislative Internship

The Hartford - Loss Control Internship

XL Capital Ltd. - Assistant Business Analyst