International Studies - From Classroom to Career Sophomore Year

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Check out the many student blogs from current and former IS students.

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Use your faculty advisor and peer advising to choose the best courses, given your interest. Be prepared for your advising meetings.

Fulbright Tradition
More than 60 Fairfield University graduating seniors have been awarded a Fulbright - a year-long scholarship that supports post-graduate study, research, work, or teaching in another country. Established in 1946 by Congress, this government-sponsored program funds the studies and research of more than 1,450 U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists in over 155 foreign countries annually. 

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Start to look for 3+ professors in International Studies and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance. Stay in touch with them so they can speak about your successes in an informed way.

Keep Dreaming
What happens after Fairfield? What would be your "dream job" - and how do you get there? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors: How can you use your remaining time at Fairfield to prepare for it?

Honors Program
Qualified International Studies students participate in the Honors Program at Fairfield University and, for students with an exceptional academic record of achievement, the opportunity to be elected to the country's premier honor society, Phi Betta Kappa.

Global Citizenship
Are you a global citizen? The Fairfield University Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship welcomes undergraduate submissions on diverse topics related to global awareness, interdependence, responsible global citizenship, social justice, humanitarian justice and other themes that promote the understanding of global citizenship.

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International Studies - Internships
The International Studies Internship Program provides our majors and minors with professional development opportunities within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Our internship placements offer students an opportunity for experiential learning, a core element of the University mission to provide students with a holistic educational experience.

Internship Objectives

  • Acquire practical experience to compliment academic training in International Studies
  • Develop transferable skills through field experience
  • Employ learned concepts and skills in an applied setting
  • Ascertain career objectives through reflection of professional experiences
  • Engage with non-profit, government, and private sector entities on behalf of the International Studies Program and the University

Internship Eligibility: Junior or Senior standing as a major or minor in the International Studies Program; have at least a 2.8 GPA; complete and return Internship Agreement to International Studies Office.

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.

One of the primary skills I picked up during my internship is how to perform an audit. I also learned how to use the company's accounting information system, AS/2, as a main tool to perform the audit work. With these skills I was able to get a better idea of what will be required of me as a business professional and as an auditor once I graduate Fairfield University. Moreover, I learned about the many career opportunities that I have at Deloitte, such as the international opportunities, as well as the possible career paths that I can take. This inspired me to work hard in order to be a successful professional at the company. I also learned what I need to do now in order to advance professionally. I was able to finish my internship with a clear career path, and with a 5-year plan in place. 

- Marina Barbosa '11; Accounting & International Business; Deloitte & Touche



Model UNctc_intl_soph_4

Fairfield's Model UN is a student club that operates under the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA USA) and is open to all undergraduates in any major. A minimum of three conferences per year (two national and one international) enable selected members to compete with peers from all over the world, while feeding their interest in current events, increasing their public speaking skills, and opening up their minds to the political, social, and economic landscape of other countries.

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 Business
As an international business major, you will study the global business environment with an emphasis on:

  • Multinational organizations
  • Economic and political systems
  • Socio-cultural structures
  • Diversities that have operational significance for international business

The International Studies Program, a collaborative effort of the Dolan School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, offers majors in International Business the flexibility to integrate courses in both schools into your plan of study. The program draws from a group of interdisciplinary faculty, practitioners, and students from many parts of the world with a commitment to thinking critically about global challenges, promoting social justice, and service. You will have access to specialized faculty and staff who offer ongoing advisement, and you will be encouraged to broaden the scope of your study by incorporating experiential learning opportunities such as Study Abroadinternships with international institutions and businesses, and advanced language training. You'll also have access to special resources for the International Business major. Also take a look at International Fellowships.

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.


International Studies career activities by class year

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