International Studies - From Classroom to Career Junior Year
Options After Fairfield
How can you best use your remaining courses and free electives to both round out your education and prepare for a career? How about possible graduate school work in International Studies... or scholarships like a Fulbright Fellowship... or Teach for America? How about places where recent grads work, such as Action Against Hunger, Jesuit Volunteer Services, Millward Brown, NBC Universal, and the US State Department. Talk to your faculty advisor. Here are some student-generated options.
Talk to favorite professors about possible supervised research projects you might do in your area of interest, in the summer or during the school year. On-campus summer housing is available. Example:
In my paper, I assessed the fate of the 'Japanese salary man' in relation to a gradually changing youth culture. Utilizing and employing the connections and contacts I had fostered during my semester abroad in Japan during spring 2009, I interviewed and collected the opinions of 27 Japanese collegiate students to illustrate the inevitable decline of Japanese lifelong employment. I also came to the conclusion that lifelong employment in Japan is on a gradual decline due to economic factors. (Submitted to the Fairfield Journal of Global Citizenship.)
- Kristin Wingate '10; International Studies
Look for three professors, in and out of the department, who can speak about your successes in an informed way.
Interested in a research area but there is no course offered in the catalog? Talk to a faculty member or department chair about a possible independent study.
Get plugged into our many professional associations and organizations
Students also pursue graduate degrees at leading institutions, including recently at Brooklyn Law School, Cambridge University, New York Law School, Seton Hall University, and the University of Connecticut. Talk to your advisor about how to best position yourself, early!
The club takes part in a UN simulation, dealing with the same issues that the actual United Nations does. Students are no longer U.S. citizens, but instead become delegates of another country.
In preparation for the conferences, students research their country's culture, economics, history, geography and politics. Students must also pay close attention to current events. The major challenge of this club is to stop looking at everything as an American and to view situations through another country's eyes. As a result, students gain a greater appreciation and understanding of other cultures as well as their own.
The Fairfield team annually participates in several Model UN conferences and hosts an annual conference for High School students. At these conferences, students participate in simulations mimicking the UN General Assembly, or other similar multilateral bodies, at which they are faced by issues of global importance. Participating students will represent a country or position in an international arena through debate, writing draft resolutions, and negotiating with allies and adversaries.
Model UN provides a great perspective on the reality of international affairs and the international governance system. The Fairfield University team is an active member of the Fairfield University community, hosting events and meetings throughout the academic year.
International Studies has department awards for outstanding students every spring; they are honored at the College of Arts and Sciences Award Night in April.
Attend the event and look for projects that might earn you this honor. With your faculty advisor, gain experience in entering such a competition and learn how to effectively package and present your work-and yourself. Non-seniors are often singled out for their great work.
International Studies - Internships
Talk to your faculty advisor and start planning now for potential internships. Think about "trying out" a career, gaining work experience, marketable skills, potential mentors and a competitive edge. Look for potential matches between an internship with your career.
During my internship at WWE, I definitely acquired many skills. I was able to improve my knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint, and I was also able to gain skills related to the fields of social media and marketing. In addition to gaining these skills, I was able to continue working on interpersonal communication skills, as well as time management. Classes such as (IL 50) People, Places and Global Issues really prepared me for this internship because I learned a lot about different cultures and customs all around the world. These different cultures and customs were relevant to my internship because they influenced the type of programming that was allowed in all different countries.
- Colleen O'Halloran '15; International Studies and Spanish; WWE
Life After Fairfield
International Studies/International Business graduates pursue careers in a myriad of international-related career options with private and non-profit/public sector employers including:
- Action Against Hunger
- Jesuit Volunteer Services
- Millward Brown
- NBC Universal
- US State Department
The International Studies program has an outstanding record of Fulbright awards for students to conduct research abroad after they graduate from Fairfield. Students also pursue graduate degrees at leading institutions, including recently at Brooklyn Law School, Cambridge University, New York Law School, Seton Hall University, and the University of Connecticut. Talk to your faculty advisor about how to achieve your career goals.
Sigma Iota Rho, the international studies honor society, was founded at American University in 1984 to promote and reward the scholarship and service among students of international studies, international relations, and global studies. Contact: Jermain Griffin
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to International Studies majors.