"Finding the interstitial connective tissue between disciplines is our strength. We see connections where others don't look. I believe that there is a specific type of person who finds an interest in this space in-between. My fellow INIA majors astound me as diverse, thoughtful scholars with a will to excel and explore."

- Lindita Hajdari, INIA '18

 

Work?  Gap Year?  Service Year?  Grad School?

An interdisciplinary degree in the field of International Affairs allows candidates to pursue positions in public, private, non-governmental, and multi-lateral sectors.  With literally hundreds, if not thousands, of employers in the field of International Affairs, the path forward can be overwhelming.

 

           A road map that diverges multiple times with multiple post-graduation opportunities.

Dedicate one hour to each of these action-items:

    1. Meet with staff at the Career Services Center at the start of, and throughout, your senior year.
    2. Discuss the pros and cons of immediate employment, military service, a gap year, grad school or a service year with CSC advisors.
    3. If pursuing grad school, identify the application cycle for graduate schools.
    4. If pursuing employment, research hiring timelines for the organizations or industries in which you're interested.
    5. Create a profile on LinkedIn and network with other INIA alumni via LinkedIn.
    6. Follow the INIA Alumni Facebook page for job postings and events.
    7. Login to Handshake and use search terms specific to international affairs (e.g., global, trade, foreign, language, culture, security, defense, refugee, abroad, intercultural, non-violent, world-wide, international, etc).
    8. Expand the job search through additional CSC search engine links.
    9. Or, search exclusively on Global Jobs for entry-level positions in international affairs.
    10. Search jobs and internships on ConnexUs, a global network creating local impact.

Young professionals exchanging conversation in Washington, DC.


Considering Graduate School or Law School?

If pursuing grad school or law school, start researching early to determine the particular strengths of programs, and schools that meet your interests for law, M.A., and Ph.D. programs. US News annual reviews and Peterson's Guides are helpful starting points.

For M.A. programs, see the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

 

                 A blur of Marquette students walking to and from classes.

 

Who Employs International Affairs Majors?

According to a 2020 APSIA report, graduates found full-time positions in           

           Pie chart detailing 42.01 of graduates work in the private sector, 28.75% work in the public sector, 22.01% work in the non-governmental sector, 4.61% work in the multilateral sector, and .97% work in "other."

 

Explore a small sample of non-governmental and governmental agencies and visit employers' websites directly.

NGO opportunities

US Government

Analysis/Consulting (Strategy/Security: Washington DC based)

Analysis/Consulting/Think Tanks

International Development

Human Rights

International Organizations

Volunteer work

Fellowships