The School of International Affairs' Office of Career Services offers a comprehensive set of services throughout your studies and extends into the years beyond.
Our office coordinates a set of professional development workshops, recruiter visits, career exposure trips, and presentations – all organized around helping you make the transition from academic studies to professional opportunities. Embedded in the academic objectives and outcomes of the school's curriculum, professional development at SIA is designed to help you think concretely and deeply about your internship and career objectives, strategies for achieving those objectives, and specific steps toward success in the process. The Office of Career Services will keep you informed of professional development activities as they occur, so you can take advantage of those that best serve your professional interests.
Resumes, Cover Letters, and the Internship/Job Search
SIA students can have their resumes and cover letters reviewed by the director of Career Services at any time. On our site, you can find a sample resume, formatted for internship applications. An alternatve version formatted for IUG students is here. Penn State Career Services has tips on writing, and samples of cover letters.
Each master's degree candidate in the School of International Affairs chooses a capstone experience: a master's paper (INTAF 594); or a supervised internship placement (INTAF 595). By authoring a master's paper, the student integrates and illustrates mastery of the subject matter of his or her curricular emphasis and may undertake original research under the supervision of an SIA faculty member.
Internships are supervised professional placements in which students experience the integration of their curricular studies in a professional environment. SIA has placed interns in professional settings with organizations throughout the United States and across the world. SIA's Internship Guidelines detail the baseline requirements for capstone credit and the academic assignment rooted in your internship experience.
Enrolled students have access to an expansive database of internship opportunities. Do not stop with this list – we encourage you to seek additional opportunities to match your interests, and the director of Career Services is available to consult with you and review application materials throughout your internship search process. Be sure to review our international internship programs offered in partnership with the Penn State Office of Education Abroad. The Director of Career Services will assist with determinign your best options, whether going abroad with one of these programs, finding other international opportunities, or applying to US-based organizations offering internships relevant to international affairs students
A separate database of Internship, Job and Fellowship Postings contains a select list of currently available openings, updated at least weekly. it will be useful as part of your search for internship positions, as well as post-graduation fellowships and jobs. A weekly digest of newly-opened positions is distributed via the SIA Students e-mail list.
Our graduates find career success in a variety of venues, including international organizations; media organizations; federal, state, and local governments; consulting firms; higher education institutions; cultural and educational change organizations; policy research centers; development assistance programs; foundations; and multinational corporations. Recent alumni have secured positions with a wide range of organizations including:
- United Nations
- Business Executives for National Security
- U.S. Department of State
- Embassies to the U.S. (Kuwait, Turkey, United Kingdom, Australia)
- CNA Corporation
- Lockheed Martin
- World Health Organization
- World Bank
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- Counterpart International
- United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
- Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Bank of China
More detailed information on our record of career success can be found on our Career Outcomes page. The Director of Career Services is available throughout your time at the School of International Affairs to consult on your preferred career opportunities; academic and extra-curricular skills development and career preparation; job search and application strategies; interview preparation; responses to job offers; and transitions from school to the professional world. The assistance of the Office of Career Services emains available to you throughout your career, as you navigate the twists and turns of your professional journey. Our record of success is rooted fundamentally in the drive, preparation, initiative, and determination of our alumni. We will support you in every way we can, but you are your own driver on that journey!
Penn State Career Services
Penn State's award-winning Bank of America Career Services Center offers a comprehensive set of services to supplement those offered by SIA. Utilize Nittany Lion Careers to identify specific internship and job postings and to research employers visiting campus. Use LionLink to find Penn State alumni in companies, organizations, agencies, and career fields that interest you, and network with them for career advice and contacts.
Penn State holds several recruitment events and career fairs during the academic year. Two major fairs, in September and February, typically include several hundred recruiters seeking Penn State students. Smaller fairs occur throughout the year. Penn State Career Services also has a full complement of career workshops covering a wide range of topics. Visit the Penn State Career Fair website for more detailed information on these valuable services.
GoinGlobal is an on-line resource through Penn State Career Services of particular value to those searching for global career resources. GoinGlobal contains more than 80,000 resources for finding international employment at home and abroad including:
- World-wide job openings and internship listings
- Industry and Corporate profiles
- Country-specific career information
- Work permit/visa regulations
- Resume writing guidelines and examples
- Employment trends
- Salary ranges
- Networking groups
- Cultural/interviewing advice