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Government

A career in government is an obvious but reliable option for someone with an international studies background.  Whether it be at the state, federal, or international level, there are a wide range of opportunities for international interaction.  Primary examples at the federal level include the U.S. State Department and the Agency for International Development, but nearly every federal department contains a division related to international affairs. The departments of the Treasury and Homeland Security are deeply involved in international issues, as are the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

At the state and local level, there are also a variety of opportunities that include international dimensions. State governments, for example, will often seek to encourage and promote international investment. Some major cities may also have offices that help with international contacts and services. At any level, excellent research and communications abilities and a strong commitment to public service are important skills for interested candidates.