Top 10 Careers in International Affairs

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Looking to make a difference in the world? International affairs allow you to take part in diplomacy, foreign politics, and non-profit work, giving you a range of options to help you change the world in your own small way!

You’ll find that there are many excellent careers to choose from in international affairs, and here are the top 10 to consider:

Civil Servant

As a civil servant,  can work with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Policy, the Ministry of Defence, and the Department for International Development. The UK Government has a "fast-stream" program for those considering this career. 

Central Intelligence Agent

The CIA is one of the most popular options for those who want to work in international affairs. The application process is both intense and long, but getting a position with the CIA will allow you to pursue a wide range of careers in international affairs. 

Foreign Service Officer 

For those who want to promote peace around the world, the Foreign Service could be a good option. Not only do you protect American citizens by serving in embassies and consulates around the world, but you’ll find that the job opportunities can be highly exciting!

Research Consultant

Non-governmental organizations like Oxfam, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and The Nature Conservancy all employ international affairs graduates to conduct research, write reports, present results, and make recommendations on international affairs and policies.

International Affairs Officer 

The U.S. Military offers a career as an International Affairs Officer, serving as a diplomat and public servant within the military.

Political Affairs Officer 

Working at the United Nations is considered the pinnacle of achievement for many international affairs graduates, and Political Affairs Officers are the U.N.’s agents to help avoid war and promote peace.


Economists predict trends in the market, and they are able to do so thanks to an understanding of the political happenings in countries around the world. They may also be hired to update economic policies for companies as well as governments.

International Banking Officer

This is another high achievement for international affairs students, and it involves working with the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank to make financial and banking decisions that can affect the world.


A foreign affair analyst is involved in a wide range of projects, including researching and reporting information about significant events, trends, and changes from around the world. 


Diplomats strive to promote peace between nations, form alliances, and defend their government’s policies around the world. Basically, diplomats serve as ambassador’s for the government, operating around the world.

These are the best careers to consider in international affairs. Which one is the right one for you? Please comment.




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