The Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University offers a concentration in international and comparative politics.
There are many study abroad opportunities for students in this major. If you are considering an international career, do all you can to incorporate a study abroad program into your course of study.
The career services has information and resources for the international and comparative major.
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General information on international affairs
- WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources - More than 2,000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international studies, and international relations topics.
International volunteer and internship information
- Idealist - An enterprise of Action without Borders. The page lists hundreds of internships and jobs, many of them in nonprofit organizations overseas. The search engine is awkward to use; you'll have to try lots of combinations of countries, specializations, etc. Plan on spending a while, but it may prove useful just because of the sheer quantity of listings.
- InterAction - Volunteer opportunities.
- Vision in Action - International volunteer work.
- Volunteers for Peace - International volunteer work.
Foreign service and the state department
- The State Department website has its own page on recruitment, including student programs.
- The State Department posts information on the Foreign Service Exam. Contact Career and Student Employment for more information.
- Another list of vacancies in international organizations is more extensive. These are all INGOs (not NGOs), and many are in offices around the world.
Jobs listings in international affairs
- Action Without Borders keeps tracks of job and volunteer opportunities in NGOs (non profit non governmental organizations) around the world.
- Monster.com's global gateway page is useful in finding international positions.
- Overseas Jobs Web has a searchable database of international jobs listings, an electronic newspaper on working overseas and a jobs resources page.
The Peace Corps
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are a tightly knit group; visit their home page to find out what volunteers do after they return.
- There are a number of combined master's degree-Peace Corps programs. WMU has one of the newest: a Masters of Development Administration degree combined with the Peace Corps. Check the Peace Corps website for other master's international programs.