International Studies alumni work in a wide range of fields after graduation, and they work all over the world. Some choose a year or two of service after graduation (the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and Jesuit Volunteer Corps are the most popular such options). A substantial number of our graduates attend graduate school at some point in law, international affairs, public policy, public health, business, medicine, or a PhD in a related field. A smaller number are able to complete a research or teaching fellowship such as a Fulbright Scholarship in the year or two after graduation. But most of our recent graduates move directly to a professional position after graduation.
The Career section of our site offers resources for students reflecting on their path after graduation, including video recordings of our ongoing series of Alumni CAreer Conversations.
Alumni Career Conversations
Kyra Luck '19
Recorded April 23, 2021
Legal Assistant, Law School
Laura Stateler '18
Recorded April 24, 2021
Brookings Institution, Jesuit Volunteer Corps
#Think Tank #Policy #Service
Ellie Warner-Rousseau '19
Recorded April 14, 2021
MDRC, Henry Street Settlement
#Policy #NGO #Service
Sean Keeley '15
Recorded March 19, 2021
Center for Strategic & International Studies, The American Interest, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
#Think Tank #Media #Grad School
Careers in Law
Panel of five IS alumni reflecting on thieir journey in the legal field. Recorded April 30, 2020.
Careers in Technology and Media
Panel of six IS alumni reflecting on thieir journey in the technology and media fields. Recorded May 7, 2020.
#Tech #Media #Journalism
Careers in Government, National Security, and Foreign Policy
Panel of five IS alumni reflecting on thieir journey in the fields of Careers in Government, National Security, and Foreign Policy. Recorded April 30, 2020.
#Government #NationalSecurity #ForeignPolicy #Diplomacy
Careers in NGOs, IGOs, and Think Tanks
Panel of five IS alumni reflecting on thieir journey in non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and think tanks. Recorded May 1, 2020.
#NGO #IGO #ThinkTanks #Policy
Careers in Finance and Consulting
Panel of six IS alumni reflecting on thieir journey in finance, consulting, and management. Recorded May 6, 2020.
#Finance #Banking #ManagementConsulting #StrategyConsulting
Postgraduate Service Opportunities
Panel of five IS alumni reflecting on their experience with post-graduate service experiences, including Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Teach for America, and more. Recorded May 1, 2020.
#Service #PeaceCorps #JVC #TFA #NationalService