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Examples of where alumni in your major are working

Companies:
Government Employees Insurance Company
Global Facilities Management
Sovena USA

Titles:
Import Specialist
Sales Lead
Au Pair

Search for employers hiring graduates in your major

Employers in NY (Language Studies): 1,494
Employers in US (Language Studies): 17,038

Employers in NY (International Business): 1,597
Employers in US (International Business): 19,177

 

Explore the numerous career fields related to your major

International Opportunities

Areas

Global Supply Chain Management
Purchasing
Distribution
Inventory Management
Warehouse Operations
Systems Management
Supplier Sourcing
Customer Service
Performance Analysis

Employers

Domestic and international companies including: manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, and distributors
Freight and passenger carriers
Shipping companies
Third party logistic firms
Transportation companies
Offshore suppliers
International suppliers
Government departments

Information/Strategies

Learn about import/export laws.
Become familiar with how US customs and other organizations regulate trade.
Cultivate foreign language skills and cultural awareness.
Plan to start in domestic positions and work towards international assignments.

Translation

Areas

Employers

Government agencies
Non-profit organizations
Educational institutions

Information/Strategies

Acquire travel experience in other countries.
Become familiar with current events around the world.
Practice language skills by conversing with native speakers.
Develop strong oral and written communication skills.
Demonsrate ability to work both independently and in groups.

Business

Areas

International Marketer
Export Manager

Employers

Corporations
Non-profit organizations

Information/Strategies

Study abroad in at least one other country.
Consider a minor or double major in business.
Develop excellent oral and written communication skills.
Earn leadership positions on campus.
Learn about current trends in international business.
Obtain internships in business settings.

Government

Areas

Community Relations Director
Diplomatic Officer
United Nations Worker
Legislative Aide
Personnel Manager
Customs Inspector
FBI/CIA Agent
Security Advisor

Employers

Government agencies

Information/Strategies

Serve in internships with government agencies or officials.
Join student or local political organizations.
Learn another language.
Become familiar with current events in the world.
Gain experience with public speaking and persuasion.

General information and strategies

  • Gaining experience through internships, part-time or summer work is critical.
  • Many desirable skills can be enhanced through participation in leadership of student organizations.
  • Develop flexibility, negotiation skills, and the ability to make sound decisions.
  • Learn to work well on a team and to work effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Plan to start searching for internships or jobs four or more months in advance of when you would like to start the position.
  • Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts. Once in a position, find a mentor.