A liberal arts education prepares you for the challenges of a changing and unpredictable world, equipping you with the skills to communicate, debate, solve problems and think critically. Here's a sampling of careers paths for international studies majors.

First Jobs

  • Financial consultant, RBC Dain Rauscher, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Production assistant, Tomorrow Films, Beverly Hills, California
  • Program coordinator, The Fresh Air Fund, New York
  • Small business development assistant, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Washington
  • English teacher, France
  • Peace Corps, West Africa
  • Development coordinator/assistant to the vice president & director, Brookings Institution
  • Junior fellow for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Japan Studies Program
  • Fulbright English teaching assistant in Madrid, Spain
  • Spanish teacher, Pomfret School, Connecticut
  • Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
  • Samuel Huntington Public Service Award recipient and developer of a library and literacy tutoring program, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Bilingual assistant, Middlebury Chinese Summer School, Middlebury, Vermont
  • English teacher, Peace Corps, Mongolia
  • English teaching assistant, Fulbright, Malaysia
  • Law, technical, and legal writing specialist, Hudson Immigration, Pittsburgh


  • Editor, This American Life
  • Managing director, David Stine Woodworking, Dow, Illinois
  • Latin American analyst, U.S. Department of State, Washington
  • Freelance writer, Giant Squid Productions, Tacoma, Washington
  • Red Cross board of directors, American Red Cross, Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington
  • Pediatrician, The Floating Hospital, New York
  • VP for finance and administration, Oberlin College, Avon Lake, Ohio
  • Counterterrorism analyst, Department of Defense, Washington
  • Senior writer, Investigations, CNN, Denver, Colorado

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