Alumni Employment Profile

International Studies graduates do not necessarily work in "international" jobs, but certainly a majority of our students are interested in having an international aspect to their careers. Jackson School alumni have careers that range from education (teaching English overseas; teaching in primary/secondary schools and community colleges; working with educational exchange programs; cross-cultural training) to private sector business and trade (sales; marketing; banking; shipping/transportation; travel industry) to government (at the state and local level as well as federal, including: Foreign Service, Peace Corps, Commerce, Customs, Immigration) to non-profit organizations (there are hundreds, especially in Washington, DC, dealing with international issues -- foreign policy, assistance to developing countries, peace and security issues, refugees).

Some of the internationally-focused jobs/organizations where JSIS graduates have been employed in recent years include:

Government Sector
Nongovernmental / Nonprofit Sector
Private Sector

Government Sector

  • U.S. Department of State: Foreign Service Officer; Special Assistant, Office of Counterterrorism; Foreign Affairs Officer; Fascell Fellow

  • U.S. Department of Commerce: International Trade Admin. / International Trade Specialist; Mexico Desk Officer

  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration: International Affairs Specialist

  • Central Intelligence Agency: Political Analyst; China-Taiwan Leadership Analyst

  • U.S. Agency for International Development: Pakistan Desk Officer; Democracy Officer; Private Enterprise Officer

  • Department of Energy: Nonproliferation Graduate Associate; Asst. to Director, National Nuclear Security Administration

  • National Institutes of Health: Office Director, International Center

  • Consulate-General of Japan: Consular Specialist in Educational Affairs; JET Program Coordinator

  • Peace Corps: Volunteer; Trainer

  • General Accounting Office: Analyst

  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: Manager of international issues

  • Washington State Department of Trade and Economic Development: Program Manager

  • Los Angeles City Attorney's Office: Coordinator, Korean Outreach Project

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Nongovernmental / Nonprofit Sector

  • World Vision: Executive Operations Officer; Program Officer, East Africa; Peacebuilding Coordinator, Asia-Pacific; Civil Society Development Officer, Kosovo

  • Catholic Relief Services: International Development Fellow

  • Human Rights Watch: Associate

  • American Councils for International Education: Deputy NIS Regional Coordinator

  • United Nations Foundation: Program Manager

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: External Relations Officer, D.C. office

  • National Democratic Institute: Program Officer, Election and Political Processes; Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

  • American Friends Service Committee: International Affairs Representative, East Asia

  • Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis: Research Assistant

  • U.S.-China Business Council: Director, Business Advisory Services; Assoc. Editor, China Business Review

  • The Atlantic Council of the U.S.: Associate Director, Atlantic-Pacific Program

  • The Brookings Institution: Publicity Coordinator; Research/Staff Assistant

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Program Associate

  • Asia-Pacific Environmental Exchange: Project Manager

  • Project Harmony: Director, Internet Programs; Deputy Program Director, Armenia

  • National Bureau of Asian Research: Manager, AccessAsia

  • World Affairs Council, Seattle: Manager, Public Programs

  • American School of Madrid: Alumni Coordinator/Development

  • Amigos de Las Americas: Project Coordinator, Paraguay

  • Indochina Chinese Refugee Association of WA: Program Coordinator

  • Jewish Family Service: Program Assistant/Education Coordinator

  • Development Group for Alternative Policies: Consultant

  • International Republican Institute: Assistant Program Officer

  • Earth Day Network: International Sector Organizer

  • Youth For Understanding: Program Manager

  • Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation: Program Manager; Operations Coordinator; Director, Finance & Administration

  • Women In International Security: Events Coordinator

  • The Center for Democracy: Program Officer for Europe

  • Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch: Legislative Assistant

  • Pacific Rim Enterprise Center: Deputy Director

  • Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle: Program Coordinator

  • Global Partnerships: Program Manager

  • The Nature Conservancy: Major Gifts Officer, Asia-Pacific Region

  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: Program Associate, Environ. & Agric. Program

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Private Sector

  • Microsoft: Far East Program Manager; International Program Manager, Microsoft Money

  • Andersen Consulting/Accenture: Analyst

  • McKinsey & Co. -- Associate

  • Europe Through the Back Door: Travel Advisor/Assistant Tour Guide

  • Prague Business Journal: Special Projects Editor

  • Riptide Communications: Senior Publicist (PR for human rights issues)

  • White & Case Law: International Trade Analyst

  • DaVinci Gourmet, Ltd.: International Sales Representative; East Asian Business Development Liaison

  • CNN Headline News: News Writer; International Assignment Editor, WorldReport

  • Brooks Sports, Inc.: International Logistics Specialist

  • Fluency Group: Director of Business Development

  • Maersk Sealand: Marketing Analyst

  • Expeditors International: Import Broker

  • Pyramid Communications: Managing Partner

  • K-2 Japan Corp.: Sales Representative

  • Software Architects: European Sales Manager

  • Communications Equity Associates: Financial Analyst, International Division

  • Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Exchange Specialist; VP/Manager, Foreign Exchange Services

  • PNB Paribas: Foreign Exchange Analyst

  • Russell/Mellon Analytical Services: Director, Global Marketing and Sales Support

  • Xerox International Partners: Global Market Integration Manager

  • Twentieth Century Fox (Far East): General Manager

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