IS graduate works as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia
An International Studies degree is excellent preparation for a variety of career options.
Though choices vary widely depending on your interests and the types of courses and activities you engage in at Iowa, many International Studies graduates find employment in international career sectors such as education, non-profits/ non-governmental organizations, business, government, and translation/interpreting.
For example, recent IS alum have found employment in the following organizations: International Visitor Leadership Program/U.S. Department of State (Washington DC), Coyote Logistics (Chicago, Illinois), Peace Corps (Indonesia), International Center for Journalists (Washington DC), English First /English Language Education (China), International Rescue Committee (Abilene, Texas), CET Study Abroad Programs (Greece), PYXERA Global (Washington DC), Education for the Children (Guatemala), and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (Turkey, Brazil, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, Czech Republic and India).
Other International Studies alumni have gone on to graduate or professional programs in public health, international development, urban and regional planning, law, student affairs, and non-profit management.
International Studies graduates tell us that employers hire them because of the transferable skills they gain by pursuing an International Studies degree: cultural competence, ability to navigate bureaucracy, language skills, resourcefulness, research and writing skills, and other specific skills gained through International Studies track coursework.
The Pomerantz Career Center suggests asking yourself, "What work environments and job duties interest me?" You can use your answers to figure out which direction you would like to go with your International Studies degree. The Pomerantz Career Center also provides "Post-Graduation Information and Statistics" on IS alumni.