A degree in International Relations leads to many jobs and to opportunities for higher education. Graduates are employed for development, human rights and environment NGOs, like Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, or CUSO. Others do internships with international and non-governmental organizations in countries such as Sierra Leone, Romania, and Nicaragua. Many choose to pursue graduate degrees, studying at law schools and graduate schools in both Canada and abroad. Some are using their expertise in business. Overall, greater demand for individuals well-versed in world affairs means that your degree will give you an advantage in any number of professions.
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Below are some links for careers, internships, and volunteer opportunities.
• Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website gives information on careers as a Foreign Service Officer.
• Charity Village, is described as Canada's supersite for the nonprofit sector.
• Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas and locate opportunities and supporters.
• United Nations Career Opportunities
• Amnesty International Canada
• Oxfam International
• Care International
• International Organization for Migration
• CIDA’s International Youth Internship Program provides graduates with valuable career-related employment experience abroad, see the website for details
• Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website has information for students wishing to apply for Coop and seasonal positions.
• The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington , D.C. for academic credit
• Directory containing an extensive list of internship programs
• Internships at headquarters of the United Nations
• UNICEF internships, United Nations Children's Fund
• World Health Organization - Internships last from six weeks to three months. Request for internship must be made at least three months in advance. Unpaid.
• Amnesty International Canada
• Human Rights First (formerly Lawyers Committee for Human Rights)
• The Carter Center Internship Program offers internships in prevention and resolution of conflict, control and eradication of disease, and operations. Different deadlines for the various internships.
• The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. has unpaid internships and, for those with a bachelor's degree, paid one-year research assistant positions.
• International Cooperative Education is another organization that arranges internships abroad for students
• Resources and programs for international internships
• Internship Programs Abroad
• Internship and Volunteering Opportunities - CIS Data Base
• Volunteers for Peace is a non-profit membership organization that offers placement in over 3000 volunteer projects in more than 100 countries.
• WorldTeach is "a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University which provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.”
• Interaction - The American Council for Voluntary International Action
• The Morgridge Center for Public Service is a campus clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities. Volunteer opportunities include both semester-long and short term activities.
• Service Civil International is dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organising international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds.