Careers and Employment
Recent graduates from our program have entered a variety of professional fields, including:
- business analysis (Yousra Hebeishy, 2015),
- diplomacy (Jack Bisase, 2011),
- education (Alexandra Foust, 2012),
- finance (Daniel Pickens, 2016),
- human resources (Alex Fechtel, 2015)
- insurance (Kelly Begnoche, 2015),
- law (Christina Lassiter, 2014),
- logistics (Rebecca Watkins, 2013),
- military intelligence (due to the nature of such jobs, we cannot name individuals),
- non-profit management and outreach (Abbie Bernet, 2016; Beth Pupke, 2015),
- project management (Natasha Voss, 2016), and
- victims' advocacy (Lindsay Gamboa, 2015).
Many of these students, and others not listed here, have also pursued graduate studies as a path into professional fields. For more information see, Graduate School.
The COAS Career Success Center is the primary resource on campus for International Studies students looking to explore professional directions. Career Counselors are available to meet individually with students to help them discuss their interests and identify potential professional directions. This can involve helping you to assess and better understand your own talents and skills. For more information, contact Vivian Senior, associate director.
Those interested in conducting preliminary research on their own may find the following online tools to be helpful:
Other links are available under Career Resources on the COAS Career Success Center website.
Program director Clayton McCarl can put interested students in touch with the CIA recruiter for our area.
Students interested in exploring career paths with the Department of State should see the see the Department of State career website and arrange to speak with Amy Radetsky, diplomat in residence. She is available for in-person meetings with students on campus. If you are interested in taking the Foreign Service Officer Exam, one route of entry into careers with the State Department, see http://www.pearsonvue.com/fsot/ for information on dates and testing locations.
Searching for Jobs and Interviewing
Students must realize that prospective employers will examine what you have posted on social media. You need to make sure you are protecting your image online. The COAS Career Success Center is also the first place to go on campus when looking for help in securing employment. They assist students in areas such as the following:
- creating and refining resumes;
- drafting cover letters;
- searching for jobs;
- using social media as part of a job search; and
- preparing to meet potential employers, by conducting mock interviews and providing guidance on etiquette and proper attire.
For more information, contact Vivian Senior, associate director.
Career Services organizes job fairs and recruiting events at which students can connect with potential employers. See their calendar for more information.