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FAQ

What does an international studies student study?

They study international issues such as human rights policies and abuses, the role of global media, conflict resolution, education as a human right, international festivals, international relations, and global health concerns. Students learn about the implications of these issues on international policies and are trained through internships and service learning to address international concerns on a global and local scale.

What are job and career opportunities in international studies?

Below is a sample of career and educational paths our graduates have pursued after completing their International Studies major.

  • Adyana - Analyst
  • Americorps – Youth Mentor
  • Alaris Consulting - Senior Associate
  • Albany County School District - ESL Teacher
  • Arts for Learning – Communications Coordinator
  • Atlantic Council of the United States – Deputy Director, Program on International Security
  • Battle Command Knowledge System - Content Manager
  • Charter Schools of Michigan - High School Spanish Teacher
  • Chicago Mexican Consulate – Administration
  • Community Developer – Columbus, IN Food Co-op
  • CooperationWorks! – Membership Contractor
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers - Program Assistant
  • DLA Piper - Conflict Assistant
  • Edelweiss Lodge and Resort - Management Support Assistant
  • Egon Zehnder – Executive Assistant
  • Habitat for Humanity - Volunteer Coordinator
  • Healthy Families MOM Project - Bilingual Family Support Specialist
  • IBM - Global Technology Services / Territory Manager
  • Indiana Senate - Paralegal/Intern Coordinator
  • Indiana University Art Museum, Events Manager
  • Indy Food Fellow Program – Indianapolis Food Fellow
  • Initiative for Global Development – Coordinator for the Networks and Resource Development Tea
  • InterCall – International Project Manager
  • International Republican Institute - Program Assistant
  • Jewish United Fund - JUF News/E-Communication Staff Writer
  • Julian Center, Bilingual Family Advocate
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Project Assistant
  • Level 7 Entertainment, Managing Partner
  • MKM Partners LLC - Equity Research Associate
  • MSD Washington Township - Tutor/Instructional Aide
  • National Democratic Institute – Regional Assistant for Eurasia Programs
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association - Operations Director and LawPAC Administrator
  • Paradigm Brokers - Natural Gas Broker
  • Peace Corps – Indiana and Kentucky Coordinator
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers - Advisory Line of Service
  • RenewableEnergyWorld.com - Market Development and Project Manager
  • Roche Diagnostics – Customer Service Associate
  • Royal Caribbean - Revenue Management Analyst
  • Sherpa Analytics LLC – Senior Analyst
  • SRF Consulting Group, Inc. - Transportation Planner
  • St. Vincent de Paul Center - Volunteer Coordinator
  • Taproot Foundation - Intern, East Coast Business Development
  • Target Corporation - Target Sourcing Services Senior Business Analyst
  • Teaching Assistant Program, France & Germany – ESL Teacher
  • Teach for America – Elementary School Teacher, New Mexico
  • ThinkImpact – Institute Recruitment Associate
  • UF Health Shands Office of Development – Development Associate Children’s Miracle Network
  • United Nations World Food Programme – Consultant
  • United Nations Foundation Nothing But Nets – Partnerships Associate
  • U.S. Army – Officer
  • Vincennes University - Options Counselor
  • Wehrli World Travel Ltd. - Travel Consultant
  • Workforce Service Specialist – Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Yamaguchi Prefectural Board of Education - Assistant Language Teacher (JET Program)

How do I find out about internships and job opportunities?

Visit the Career Development Center, network with International Studies alumni, check the International Studies web site and the International Studies blog, speak with the International Studies advisor, or contact the International Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies. You may also wish to participate in the International Studies Mentor To Mentor Program.

How do I choose International Studies as my major?

Take one of our core courses (I202, I203, I204, I205, I206 or I210) or International Studies I100 or I220, Introduction to International Studies and make an appointment to speak with the International Studies advisor.

How do I keep track of my International Studies major or minor?

See the International Studies academic advisor every semester to build your schedule and to keep track of requirements. Consult the Academic Planning Sheets and the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.

Where do I find mentors for my capstone thesis?

Check International Studies people and the Capstone Mentors page.

What is the Capstone Seminar?

The Capstone Seminar is a semester long course that culminates in a research project. The project/thesis brings together the student’s theme, region, international experience and foreign language. For additional information contact the International Studies advisor.

How do I plan for my international experience?

Your international experience has to be at least six weeks long. We strongly encourage semester and year-long programs that can be taken during the student’s junior year. International Experience documentation always includes a 5-10 page reflection paper. Make an appointment with the International Studies advisor; check the Office of Overseas Study for available programs/internships; and fill out appropriate paperwork.

How do I prepare for graduate School?

Make an appointment to speak with the International Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies.

How about graduate degrees in International Studies at Indiana University?

International Studies and SGIS are developing graduate programs. The M.A. and the M.S. in International Studies will be implemented by 2015.