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Global & Area Studies|College of Arts and Sciences

Internship/Career Opportunities

We are often asked by students, "What can I do with an international studies degree?" You can read about possibilities by clicking on the link, and you can explore the internship and job postings listed here to get an idea of what you can do during your academic career at UW and post graduation.

An internship provides the opportunity to apply what has been learned in the classroom. It furthers your education by giving you a chance to gain practical experience. Many students meet people during their internships who can help them find a job or other opportunity after graduation. Also, in a foreign locale your language skills will improve. 

We have put together a list of possible internship and career opportunities at organizations and agencies we think would be of interest to our students. There are many other possibilities besides the ones listed here, and you are welcome to do some research on your own. You can also access two different search engines for global internships and job opportunities through Career Services: Going Global and The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas. We've also provided some guidelines for developing your application. These guidelines are based on our personal contact with internship and job coordinators. 

Several of our students participate in internships each year. Our Internship Coordinator, Manuela Hofer-McIntyre, will help you find an internship, evaluate an opportunity you have found, or help with an application packet.


Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the Institute on Economics and International Affairs combines a substantive professional experience in international affairs for 30 hours a week with a challenging academic experience at Georgetown University.

This fast-paced, eight-week residential program provides students from around the world with the opportunities to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.


  • American Islamic Congress

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe

  • European-American Business Council

  • Foreign Embassies

  • Institute of World Politics

  • Peace Corps

  • Potomac Institute

  • World Learning


  • Internships – Competitive international affairs placements

  • Classes – Up to 9 credit hours in economics and U.S. foreign policy from Georgetown University

  • Housing – Roommate matching and furnished on-campus apartments in the heart of D.C.

  • Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top foreign policy and economics experts

  • Exclusive Briefings – At the CIA, State Department, World Bank, Federal Reserve and Capitol Hill

  • Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities

  • Networking – Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around the world

  • Scholarships – Approximately 70% of students receive generous awards based on merit and financial need

February 7 is the final deadline for applicants to IEIA. Details baout the program and online application may be found at Questions regarding the program or admissions process may be directed to or 202.986.0384.

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U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany

Amanda Huffmeyr was a Public Affairs Intern with the U.S. Embassy Berlin in Germany in the Spring of 2012. Her tasks and responsibilities included website administration, guest and event preparation work for the Ambassador, participation in roundtable discussions and visitor networking, involvement in the MeetUS Program, editing translations, research in potential projects, assisting with the press section for Public Affairs, weekly meetings, and attending outside social functions for the Embassy. This photo shows Amanda (second from left) with co-interns and Philip Murphy, the Ambassador to Germany, in front of the Brandenburger Tor.

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