The increasing ease which people do business across borders mean that a degree in international studies can prepare students for certain careers in international business. There is a growing demand within a range of businesses—including smaller and mid-size businesses—for cultural awareness, international experience, and foreign language ability. Individual company websites and contacts will be the most important starting place for many students, but the following general resources and organizations may be of assistance to students pursuing careers in this area.
Students with an interest in business and a degree in international studies can also pursue certain positions in government and international organizations that are focused on the private sector. For example, the U.S. government has several agencies and departments devoted to promoting U.S. businesses abroad that may be of interest to students. These include the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation seeks to facilitate connections between businesses and states in need of private-sector investment.