Career Counseling

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Georgia Tech and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs work together to help students understand the career which best fits them and provide them with the tools to pursue it. Career counseling is available to help students pinpoint their strengths and limitations, specific career interests, and the type of work environment they would excel in. Georgia Tech Career Service counselors are available for career advice, resumé review, internship brainstorming sessions, and other career-related needs by appointment or scheduled walk-in hours. Career Specialist Robbie Ouzts is specifically available to assist Ivan Allen College Students. Career Services can also be reached online at or by phone at 404.894.2550. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the INTA Career Advisor, Stephanie Jackson, to see how their internships and career plans fit into their overall academic plan. Undergraduate students usually begin exploring careers and internships sophomore year, while graduate students begin at least six months prior to the specific time they would like to work.

What can students do with a degree in international affairs?

chart showing career sectors of Int'l Affairs studentsInternational affairs graduates pursue careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors (reference the breakdown to the right). From our curriculum, students acquire knowledge of international government policies, economics, security, and development, as well as analytic and technical (modeling simulation, quantitative research, GIS) skills which make them very attractive to companies, state agencies, and organizations with an international focus.

Many graduates are attracted to public sector careers. They go on to work at the CIA, FBI, International Trade Administration, and the US State Department, among other federal and state government agencies. Our graduates are also valued in the private sector. They are hired as consultants and supply chain analysts, by companies such as the Coca-Cola Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, Goldman Sachs, Home Depot, and IBM.

chart showing typical salaries of INTA graduatesIn addition, graduates put their skills to good use for nonprofit or non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International, the Carter Center, the Heritage Foundation, The Alliance to Save Energy and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Find a sample list of companies our graduates have worked for by clicking on the INTA Career Paths link on the right. Typical starting salaries for graduates from 2006-2008 is available for reference on the graph to the right.