International Studies majors and minors often pursue full time domestic or international service opportunities after graduation. In fact, our majors undertake a year or more of post-grad service at 2.5x the BC average.
Post-graduate service opportunities allow students to explore interests in social justice through direct engagement with the communities they serve, and provide students with valuable experiences that serve them later in their career. If you're thinking about this option, we recommend starting with the Volunteer & Service Learning Center site, which includes a list of over 100 organizations that offer full time, post-grad volunteer opportunities.
In May 2000 we held a conversation with IS Program alumni who worked after graduation in service placements around the world, including the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), Teach for America, and others. Click the image at right to watch the video on our YouTube channel.
Below, you'll find links to some of the most common service placements International Studies students have chosen in recent years:
The BC Volunteer Service Learning Center has an expansive section on post-graduate service opportunities that we recommend. In addition, her are a few direct links to organizations our IS majors and minors have joined in recent years.
A few of our recent Peace Corps alumni:
Emily Keane (Madagascar, 2005); Stephanie Quaranta (Cape Verde, 2006); Elizabeth Annis (Mali, 2010); Margaux l'Herbette (Ecuador, 2015); Benjamin Ramirez (Mozambique, 2017); Kerianne DiBattista (Mozambique, 2017); Sara Klos (Colombia, 2019); Claire Noble (China/Botswana, 2020 cancelled/COVID)
AmeriCorps is a federal agency that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through national service and volunteering. Teach for America is one of many organizations working under the AmeriCorps VISTA umbrella.
A few of our recent AmeriCorps and TFA alumni:
Briana Thompson (Atlanta, 2010); Matt Gelman (2010); Christine Bowles (TFA, 2013); Grady Deacon (TFA 2015); Nicoline Bach (2015); Katherine Rogers (TFA 2018); Tess Murphy (TFA 2019)
International Service/Immersion Programs
- Arrupe International Immersion Programs
(Chile, DR/Haiti, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico/US border, and Peru)
- Jamaica Magis Service Immersion Trips
- Jamaica Mustard Seed Service & Immersion
- Global Public Health Honduras
- Prof. Eve Spangler offers "Social Justice in Israel/Palestine" (SOCY 3367) each Fall, which takes students on a 10-day immersion trip to Palestine and Israel over the winter break.