Career

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

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Kyra Luck '19

Recorded April 23, 2021

Legal Assistant, Law School
#Law
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Laura Stateler '18

Recorded April 24, 2021

Brookings Institution, Jesuit Volunteer Corps
#Think Tank #Policy #Service
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Ellie Warner-Rousseau '19

Recorded April 14, 2021

MDRC, Henry Street Settlement
#Policy #NGO #Service
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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
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Careers in Law

Panel of five IS alumni reflecting on thieir journey in the legal field. Recorded April 30, 2020.

#Law
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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