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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. The Nunn School hosts employer information sessions, talent and skill workshops, and alumni networking events to support student career development. The staff at the Georgia Tech Center for Career Discovery and Development is available for career advice, resumé review, interview preparation, intern and co-op search, and other career-related needs by appointment or scheduled walk-in hours. Senior Career development Advisor Rob Rogers (rob.rogers [at] gatech.edu) is specificallly available to assist undergraduate Nunn School students. Graduate Career Advisor Robbie Ouzts (Robbie.ouzts [at] gatech.edu) is specifically available to assist graduate Nunn School students. The Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2) can also be reached online at www.careerdiscovery.gatech.edu or by phone at 404.894.2550. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the INTA Career Advisor, Stephanie Jackson, to explore how internships and academic goals can shape their career plans. Undergraduate students usually begin exploring careers and internships during their sophomore year, while graduate students begin at least six to nine months before graduation.
What can students do with a degree in international affairs?
International 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.
In 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.
Typical starting salaries for graduates from 2012-2013 is available for reference on the graph to the right. A sample list of careers that our alumi have pursued is also available.