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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

International and Global Studies BS - Career Opportunities

Corporate World

Events over the last few years have dramatized the fact that issues of national security and the global economic order are far from resolved.  In addition, the continuing advancements of the Internet and new communication technologies, which drastically changed the foundation of traditional business models, have created a landscape that is causing global business to make fundamental reassessments of their accepted thinking on risk, asset deployment, target market definitions, and terms of competition. Not surprisingly, there is a resurgence of interest in management preparedness for leadership in this rapidly evolving global environment.  In short, the corporate world is looking for graduates from colleges and universities that have some understanding of international affairs.

Graduates from RIT's program in International and Global Studies are now in greater demand by international companies than ever in the past.  Companies are coming to realize that their senior ranks are populated by managers who have had little if any international experience.  This leads to changes not only in how corporate career development is managed but also in recruitment guidelines.  This in short means wonderful career opportunities in the corporate world for RIT graduates in International and Global Studies.

Companies are searching for individuals that have personal qualities, skills, and experiences for the global manager positions—often described by the notion of a "global mind-set".  This refers to a mix of intellectual and behavioral qualities that enables individuals to understand and operate a business in vastly different cultural and geopolitical contexts.  In other words, corporate executives should be fluent in at least one foreign language and need to be able to live and work in other cultures.  The academic preparation in economics and political science together with the language and cultural perspective that the typical International and Global Studies graduate brings to the equation makes him or her ideally equipped for taking on challenging international assignments in a way that the typical business school graduate does not.  Keep in mind that the more a job requires working in a foreign environment, the more you can leverage the unique aspects of your International and Global Studies education and any prior international working or living experience you may have had.

Given the current economic environment and the corresponding scale-back of entry-level jobs, it makes even more sense to keep your options open and to develop an entry strategy that also includes non-international jobs that provide you with key business competencies.  It is worth keeping in mind that no matter how appealing your International and Global Studies credentials might be companies are looking first and foremost for individuals that can bring a particular talent or skill to the job.  To the extent that you can build your credentials in areas such as international business, science and technology, regional specialization, and any other expertise in diplomacy, foreign relations, or international trade, you will be in a much stronger position to bid for international jobs.

In your search for opportunities, we would suggest that you think not only in terms of corporate companies that have international operations, but also in terms of fields that could have an international component such as advertising, investor relations, marketing, and e-business.  The evolution toward online delivery of products and services and other unconventional media is moving forward inexorably.  E-business is by definition a global business.  These companies are always looking for talented, technology-savvy individuals who can operate effectively under pressure, uncertainty, and in less structured environments.

Finally, you need to feel passionate about business and the corporate world if you hope to be successful in this career and have fun in the process.  If you're not sure if business and the fast-paced corporate world is for you, by all means go for a summer internship and try it out.  Another approach is to focus your search on those companies or job types that that you think would provide valuable experience even if you later decide to shift to the public or nonprofit sector.  Again, if you take a "portfolio" approach to your career, you are likely to make good choices and decisions in building your professional profile.

WetFeet:  general search site for corporate employment.

Altria Group: merger of Kraft foods (food and beverage company headquartered in North America and second-largest in the world), Philip Morris International (global international tobacco company), Philip Morris USA  (largest tobacco company in U.S.), and Philip Morris Capital Corporation (investment company whose portfolio consists of leveraged and direct finance lease investments and other tax-oriented and third party financing); largest consumer packaged good corporation in the world; global brand portfolio; employees working in its food, tobacco, and beer businesses worldwide.  The company offers a wide range of opportunities.

Asa Brown Boveri:  global technology company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.  The company is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact.  The company has recently shifted to alternative energy and the advanced products in power and automation technologies.  It is a company with many diverse career opportunities around the world.  The company aims to provide its employees with the opportunity to use and expand their knowledge, skills, and creative potential both for their own benefits and for that of the company.  Encourages personal initiative and entrepreneurial behavior and seeks to offer challenging and rewarding work environments.

American International Group, Inc:  the world's leading U.S.-based international insurance and financial services organization, the largest underwriter of commercial and industrial insurance in the United States, and the second largest life insurer; a global business with offices in many countries. The company seeks students who have an interest in international business and who are willing to tackle the problems associated with today's changing environment.  Between fifteen to thirty trainees are hired every year.  Offers offer paid summer internships to upcoming juniors, seniors and graduate students in various business and insurance disciplines in all major business segments; excellent oral/written communication skills are essential.

BP Amoco:  one of the world's largest petroleum and petrochemicals companies.  Their main activities are exploration and production, refining, marketing, supply, and transportation of crude oil and natural gas and manufacturing and marketing of petrochemicals. BP works hard to attract, retain and develop top-quality people: people who are innovative and are prepared to challenge conventional thinking – people who think 'outside the box'.

Brunswick Corporation:  world's leading manufacturer and marketer of leisure boats, marine engines, fitness equipment, bowling equipment, and consumer products, and billiards tables. The company has a growing international presence and has opportunities for both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals throughout its operations.  Candidates for these international operations are encouraged to apply for internships that afford International and Global Studies students substantive exposure to that area of the company's operations.

Chevron Texaco:  one of the world's largest integrated oil companies; worldwide operations; activities: exploration, production, refining, marketing, transportation, and research.  Career opportunities in engineering, social science, liberal arts, physics, business administration, marketing, and petroleum land management.  Fluency in a foreign language, especially French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, is often a requirement for overseas assignments.

Coca-Cola: the world's leading manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups used to produce hundreds of brands. Headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, with local operations in nearly 200 countries around the world. Also provides internship opportunities.

DaimlerChrysler: one of the world's leading automotive, transportation, and services companies; has a global workforce, a global shareholder base, global brand awareness, and a global outlook with employees worldwide.

Dell Computer Corporation:  world's most preferred computer systems company, and a premier provider of products and services for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and internet infrastructures.

DuPont: a research and technology-based global chemistry and energy company offering high-performance products in chemicals, polymers, fibers, and petroleum.  Most diversified industrial corporation in the world; employees, manufacturing, and processing plants in more than 40 countries on six continents.  Has an extensive college recruiting program for entry-level engineers and computer and financial systems people in the United States. Seeks job applicants in science, engineering, business and information technology.

Eastman Kodak: worldwide enterprise; specializes in products and processes that have made photography simpler, more useful, and more enjoyable.  Today, its work increasingly involves digital technology, combining the power and convenience of electronics with the quality of traditional photography.

Eli Lilly & Company: pharmaceutical industry with worldwide laboratories and collaborations with eminent scientific organizations; seeks to improve its research and development processes, to invest in new research technologies, and to expand its research team.  Employs and markets worldwide.

Ford Motor Company:  a family of consumer-focused vehicle and service brands.  As a global company, Ford manufactures and sells vehicles all over the world and has career opportunities in many countries. The company sponsors extensive internship programs.  Preferred candidates have exceptional leadership and communication skills and have completed the sophomore year of an undergraduate program. Most opportunities are for students in business and technical fields, but students in other disciplines are sometimes considered.

Gateway: PC business that operates sales and technical support centers throughout the United States; expanded to offer a broad range of peripherals, accessories, software products, and related services such as training, financing, high-speed internet access, and networking solutions for home and business.

General Electric: a diversified services, technology, and manufacturing company with a commitment to achieving customer success and worldwide leadership in each of its businesses; strong emphasis on services and high technology.  The company invests nearly $1 billion a year in career development for its employees-both on the job and through leadership programs.

General Mills: major marketer of consumer foods and a leader in the full-service dinner house restaurant business; headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota; one of the largest corporations in the United States; offices and operations in almost every state; is involved in joint ventures in Europe, Latin America, and the Southwestern Pacific, China, and Australia.  Career opportunities in marketing, marketing research, finance, human resources, manufacturing, engineering, strategic planning, and analysis. International opportunities available.

General Motors: world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds, and markets cars and trucks worldwide. In addition, it produces advanced-technology electronics systems, products and services for the world’s telecommunications, automotive electronics, aerospace and defense industries. GM believes in investing in its employees, and offers a variety of continuing education opportunities to further its employees' careers. The company has international operations in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

GlaxoSmithKline:  a world-leading research-based pharmaceutical company with a powerful combination of skills and resources for the healthcare environment.  The company also has a consumer healthcare division comprising of over-the-counter medicines, oral care products, and nutritional healthcare drinks. It has offices in Great Britain and the United States, with operations and employment opportunities in other countries.  Global Community Partnerships is GlaxoSmithKline's charitable program that works with partner organizations in the developed and developing worlds to help improve the health and education of under-served communities. It does so through the traditional areas of funding, product donations and expertise, but also aims to build strategic partnerships that result in mutual benefit for all involved.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber: world's largest tire company.  New hires can expect challenging assignments in an environment that supports continuous learning.  Employment may begin at the Akron (Ohio) corporate headquarters or any of the worldwide facilities.

Hakuhodo: corporate group with global reach;Japan's oldest marketing, advertising, and public relations agencies; provides market research, media relations, strategy, and concept planning services.

Tokyo office:

Halliburton Company: global energy services company that supports oil companies in locating, developing, extracting, and processing hydrocarbon resources; active in most global locations.  Most professional positions are technical or business-related and require educational backgrounds in the sciences and/or business.  Ten or fewer positions are available in the International and Global Studies area annually.

Hewlett-Packard: HP provides technology solutions to consumers, businesses and institutions across the globe. Its offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing for consumers, enterprises and small and medium businesses. The company employs over 140,000 people in 178 countries doing business in more than 40 currencies and more than 10 languages.

Honeywell: involved in broad and diverse businesses, technology, and products; aerospace products and transportation and power systems go into collision-avoidance and traffic control systems, wing ice and wind shear sensors, autopilots, and landing systems; automation and control solutions for homes and offices; chemicals for pharmaceuticals help safeguard health; space-age fibers make body armor bullet resistant.  Honeywell has benchmarked learning programs.

IBM: creates, develops, and manufactures the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices, and microelectronics; worldwide research labs work in all areas of information technology, from physics to cognitive science to leading-edge applications research.  Industries, education, health care, government—no matter the enterprise, IBM's global presence provides an opportunity for you; has jobs worldwide with employees in more than 100 countries.

International Language and Culture Center: established in 1976 as a small translation house and has since grown to a registered staff of more than 400 from eight countries; has expanded to serve international business and culture through communication services, coordination of major events, public relations, and commercial publications.  The company's clients include multinational manufacturers, financial institutions, international advertising, human resource companies and Japanese government agencies.  Seeks articulate people to work in Japan as interpreters, translators, English editors and rewriters; bilingual Japanese and non-Japanese are urged o apply.  The center is especially interested in students with backgrounds in liberal arts, Asian studies, International and Global Studies, languages, English business, marketing, and human relations.  The major field of study is considered secondary to language proficiency.

ITOCHU International Inc.: parent company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan; North American office in New York; a general trading company; active in sales, distribution, financing, importing, and exporting in a variety of sectors, including textiles, automobiles, machinery, aerospace industry, information technology, energy, metals, food, insurance, and logistics.

Johnson & Johnson: global industry in human health care needs, including anti-infectives, orthopedics, cardiology and circulatory diseases, urology, diagnostics, women's health, mental health, skin care, and many more.  The organizational structure allows the company to effectively support its business strategy of remaining the world's most comprehensive and broadly based health care company.  Seeks students with bachelor or advanced degree to work in the following areas: engineering, finance/accounting, human resources, information management, marketing, operations, quality assurance, research and development, and sales.

Lockheed Martin: customer-focused global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, and integration of advanced technology systems, products, and services for government and commercial customers.  The corporation's core business areas are systems integration, aeronautics, space, and technology services. Hires in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering, other technical degrees, and candidates in these degree areas: math, physics, finance, business and human resources.

Marathon Oil Corporation: engaged in the worldwide exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, as well as the domestic refining, marketing, and transportation of petroleum products.  Its headquarters are in Houston, Texas.  Is among the leading energy industry players, applying innovative technologies to discover valuable energy resources and deliver the highest quality products to the marketplace.  The corporation offers a variety of internships and employment opportunities in the fields of geology, geophysics, engineering, information technology, finance, accounting, and purchasing, and health, environment, and safety.

Marriott International, Inc.: leading worldwide hospitality company, headquartered in Washington, D.C.  In addition, the company develops and operates vacation ownership resorts.

Marsh & McLennan Companies: world's leading insurance broker and risk advisor, providing advice and transactional capabilities to clients in more than 100 countries. Provides career opportunities in the fields of insurance, risk management, consulting, and investment management.  The company is comprised of five subsidiaries: Mercer, GuyCarpenter, Marsh, Kroll, and Putnam.  Apply to each directly.

Marubeni America Corporation (formerly C. Itoh & Company): diversified multibusiness corporation with global capabilities; international broad-based organization; handles products from textiles to machinery, electronics to general merchandise.  Specialists throughout the United States work with the worldwide resources of the parent company.  Offers the business community broad access to world trade.

MCI: world's largest and fastest growing diversified communications company; offers consumers and businesses a broad portfolio of services including long distance, wireless, local access, paging, Internet software and access, online information services, business software, and global communication services. MCI is looking for graduates with degrees in such fields as computer science, engineering, finance, business, and International and Global Studies.

Merck & Company: a leading research-driven pharmaceutical products and services company.  Merck discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of innovative products to improve human and animal health.  Seeks college graduates for the following areas with the following skills: Systems Development, Deployment, and/or Support; Teamwork and Leadership; Customer Service; Communications; Organization; Judgment and Problem Solving; Flexibility and Adaptability; Integrity and Ethics.

Microsoft: designs, develops, markets, and supports a wide range of personal computer software systems, applications, development tools and languages, hardware peripherals, and books.  The company has offices worldwide.  Career opportunities exist in software and consumer product (multi-media) design and development, product marketing and sales, technical support and consulting. For most positions, a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or other technical discipline is needed.

NEC Corporation: global operations, cutting-edge technology in numerous fields; global Internet solution provider; although headquartered in Japan, it operates in twenty-one countries.

Nestle: One of the world's leading food companies, with sales almost exclusively in branded products; a global company, with half of its business in Europe, the Americas, and some in other countries.  Is looking for college graduates in a wide variety of disciplines, including business, accounting, finance, marketing, International and Global Studies, and computer science.

Panasonic: one of world's premier electronics manufacturers.

PepsiCo: world leader in convenience foods and beverages.  The company is looking for people with a background in information technology, tax, human resources, law, accounting, public affairs, and auditing.

Pfizer International: research-based global health care company with operations across the globe; headquartered in New York. The company seeks applicants in finance, marketing, market research, business technology, chemistry, biology, pharmacology, and engineering.

Proctor & Gamble: one of the world's largest consumer products companies; international operations.  Positions filled commonly fall under the following categories: advertising/brand management, sales, finance and accounting, management systems, product development, and manufacturing.  Employs many people overseas.  For international positions, the company seeks mostly foreign nationals who will return to their home countries to begin careers.  However, anyone with a foreign language fluency and significant international experience will be considered.

Reuters: global operations; supplies TV programs and news and financial information to banks and investment houses.  Reuters also develops software packages for using their information packages.  Reuters looks for people with an international outlook, an innovative mind, complete mobility, and an ability to get along with people of all cultures and backgrounds.

Rockwell International: major global, diversified, high technology company with sales from commercial and international markets.  This international company applies advanced technology to a wide range of products in its aerospace, electronics, automotive, and graphic businesses.  Rockwell produces a broad spectrum of products from newspaper printing presses to the space shuttle.  The company's role as a defense and aerospace contractor remains a very important part of the company.  Requirements: a bachelor degree in accounting, engineering, management, or trade, all preferably international in scope.  In addition, Rockwell seeks individuals with international area studies o similar degrees and relevant experience in sales, accounting marketing, or statistics.

SAIC: largest employee-owned research and engineering form in the U.S.; offices worldwide; key source for leading-edge technologies, provides strategic consulting and policy research and analysis services to a growing number of governments and clients worldwide.  Hires talented candidates in national security policy, in arms control policy and analysis, counter proliferation, logistics/transportation, systems security, operations research, and PPBS.  The majority of positions within the strategies group require that individuals either have or be able to obtain a security clearance.

Siemens Corporation: international activities in the areas of information and communications, automation and control, power, transportation, medicine, and lighting. Seeks candidates with bachelor degree in natural and computer sciences; electrical, mechanical, and software engineering; business administration, economics; finance; human resources; and other fields.  The company seeks candidates with adaptability, situational sensitivity, networking skills, communication skills, ability to analyze and implement, creativity, customer focus, and strategic orientation.

Texas Instruments: leader in the real-time technologies that help people communicate.  The company is moving fast to drive the Internet age forward with semiconductor solutions for large markets such as wireless and broadband access and for new emerging markets such as digital cameras and digital audio.

United Airlines: the second-largest air carrier in the world; international and global; leads the way in safety and technological advancements for the aviation industry.,6722,1383,00.html

Yamaha: world's largest manufacturer of a full line of musical instruments and a leading producer of audiovisual products, semiconductors, and other computer-related products, sporting goods, home appliances, furniture, specialty metals, machine tools, and industrial robots.  Strong commitment to promote and support music education and popularization is one of the most significant elements that distinguish it from its competitors.


(Acknowledgment: our information is based on Careers in International Affairs, 7th ed., edited by Maria Pinto Carland and Lisa A. Gihring; Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2003; the descriptions of and links to the different entries have been updated and corrected based on our review of each entry.)