International Studies

After Graduation

Students will be prepared for a variety of careers ranging from:

U.S. Government Service

  • State Department
  • Congress
  • Homeland Security
  • CIA
  • USAID
  • EPA
  • Peace Corps

International Organizations

  • United Nations
  • NATO
  • World Health Organization
  • African Development Bank

International, Business, Consulting, and Marketing

  • Accenture
  • Toyota
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Cummins
  • Manpower

Nongovernmental Organizations

  • Economic development
  • Environmental protection
  • Health administration
  • Education
  • Human rights

Teaching

UE graduates have taught throughout the U.S. as well as:

  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Europe
  • Asian

Journalism and Research

UE graduates have been published and worked at academic and trade journals such as Foreign Policy.

Alumni Profiles

Andy Burnett

Andy Burnett defines his University of Evansville experience in one word: personal. "During four years of personal interaction through course work, studying abroad, extracurricular activities such as athletics and campus organizations, and constant mentoring from professors and advisors, UE helped me to transition from a young student with a vague interest in international studies into a graduate with a strong sense of purpose and clear career goals."

Courses in international relations, such as international organizations, U.S. foreign policy, international political economy, and comparative politics of the developing world, helped Andy establish a strong foundation in the increasingly complex global environment. "These courses, taken with course work from other UE departments, which in my case were history and economics, helped me build interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that are invaluable in the international affairs workplace. Plus, my summer abroad in Japan helped to bring real world applications to my course work and was a valuable growing experience."

Andy credits the close guidance of his UE faculty mentor in choosing to continue his studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where he earned a master's degree in May 2007. "I now work as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, a realization of a goal that was in large part due to my personal experience at UE."

Julia Khoklova

Moving to the United States from Russia while in middle school is what first developed a love for languages in Julia Khoklova. "Then, when I moved to Palmer, Alaska, I met people from many different cultures, including Mexico, Colombia, and France, which inspired me to major in international studies and learn to speak four languages."

While at UE, Julia has taken advantage of numerous study abroad opportunities. "I studied in both Argentina and Spain for a semester each and lived with a host family and enrolled in their universities. I studied in Amsterdam and Canada, and I also completed an internship at the Institute of Foreign Affairs in San José, Costa Rica, where I met ambassadors from around the world and coordinated international educational events and conferences."

Julia credits the University of Evansville in giving her these opportunities. "The support of my advisors, the UE study abroad office, and the respective program coordinators allowed me to broaden my horizons and expand my mind." Julia currently works in international marketing for Cummins Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Elisha Sulai

When he decided to leave Nigeria for college, Elisha Sulai did not know what he was heading into. "I had never been to America before, and never lived in a place where I would be an outsider. 'Evansville?' — I was asked a million times. 'Where is that? Why not New York? Are you crazy?' UE turned out to be just fine. In fact, it was the right choice for me."

Elisha realized after spending a summer in Japan that he wanted to change his major to international studies. "Then I spent a semester at Peking University, China's premier institution, to study Chinese history and Sino-U.S. relations. In China, I had the rare opportunity of interning at the Beijing bureau of Time magazine. I covered China's political transition to its present crop of leaders, Chinese organized crime, and China's space program.

I also traveled widely across China to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dalian, the inner provinces, and Tibet." After graduating from UE, Elisha took a job in Washington, D.C., as a journalist at Foreign Policy magazine. "I then obtained a master's degree at the London School of Economics and Politics in international studies. Currently, I am working as an analyst for the African Development Bank in Tunisia."

"UE is a world class institution with a world class dream of producing world class leaders. My advisors at UE saw the spark of foreign affairs in me. That spark is now an inextinguishable flame. I love what I do, and it's all because of UE."

Katie Henke

For Katie Henke, study abroad was a primary reason for choosing to attend the University of Evansville. "I participated in three separate study abroad programs. I spent a summer in Japan conducting a comparative political analysis; a semester in Uganda, focusing on international development issues, including an ecotourism practicum at Mt. Elgon National Park, which is located on the border of Kenya and Uganda; and a summer in England."

Now working in Washington, D.C., in a career in international development and foreign aid, Katie spends time analyzing the U.S. Foreign Operations Budget to determine U.S. Government priorities in the Asia Region. "To strategically position my company within each country, I frequently travel throughout the region to gather intelligence on upcoming foreign aid programs, to market my company's services and previous experience, and to establish a network of contacts within those countries. When USAID solicits proposals from firms to carry out a specific project, I am an integral part of the proposal development process, frequently writing portions of the technical approach, recruiting international and local staff for our programs, or establishing relationships with potential subcontractors to assist us in implementing a specific portion of the work."

Katie plans to continue her current work while pursuing a law degree. "I want to focus on protection of human rights for refugees and other displaced populations in hopes of taking a long-term overseas assignment to provide technical assistance under foreign aid programs such as the ones administered by USAID, the United Nations, and other international donor organizations."