We take your future seriously. That’s why personalized career services are a hallmark of our school. Whether you want to work in Washington, D.C., or anywhere in the world, we’ll help you navigate your individual career options and connect you with resources to ensure you’ll graduate ready to succeed.
Two tiers of service
As an SGIS student, you have access to two levels of career resources. We have a career advisor dedicated solely to assisting SGIS undergraduates. We also collaborate closely with the Walter Center for Career Achievement, whose wide array of resources are available to SGIS undergraduate and graduate students.
Connect with the SGIS career advisor:
Career Advisor for Undergraduate Students
Global and International Studies 1039
When should I begin career preparation?
We recommend you make an appointment with a career advisor during the first or second semester of your freshman year.
Building a stellar resume is just one part of the process
An excellent education is critical for career success, but you also need the skills to help you land your first job. We can help you identify your unique strengths and translate them into an impressive resume that reflects who you are and your individual goals.
Opportunities to prepare you for life after graduation are woven throughout the SGIS experience. Some of the resources we offer include:
- Career services events
- Career panels
- Alumni networking events
- Resume assistance
- Opportunities to connect with VIPs and other guests visiting SGIS
- Connections through our Peace Corps Prep and Diplomacy Lab programs
- Expansive faculty connections
- Internship opportunities in the U.S. and throughout the world
Meet “Bloomerang” Kathleen Claussen
Kathleen Claussen, the associate general counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, D.C., graduated from IU in 2006, before SGIS was established. A Wells Scholar, Claussen created her own individualized major (in comparative social policy and ideology), which she combined with a major in Spanish and minors in political science and West European Studies (now part of SGIS). She went on to study at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and to earn her law degree at Yale. She’s been active in D.C. in establishing the Indiana Alumni in International Affairs group. And she talks about SGIS with the enthusiasm of an alumna.
“The opportunities students can get at a school like SGIS—well, they will open doors that you just won’t find at other schools,” Claussen said last summer, before the inaugural meeting of the Indiana Alumni in International Affairs group that she and another IU alum, Jeff Lightfoot, have organized. Claussen had some advice for high-school students who are trying to choose between IU and another university. “I’ve always felt that IU offers an unparalleled breadth of experience and resources. What served me well at IU was working closely with the terrific faculty and staff across the campus. I would be nothing without their support. Those relationships beyond the classroom were critical. Engaging with the wealth of opportunities that SGIS now has to offer, you can’t go wrong. Doors will open and you just have to pick which door you want to go through.”
Engaging with the wealth of opportunities that SGIS now has to offer, you can’t go wrong. Doors will open and you just have to pick which door you want to go through.Kathleen Claussen in Washington, D.C.
In Claussen’s case, those open doors often led her back to Bloomington. Although she has worked at The Hague, in Brussels, and other parts of the world, Claussen calls herself a Bloomerang: “I lived in Bloomington until I was 4 years old. I came back to go to college here. Then I came back again after Yale Law School, to clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge David Hamilton. And I came back yet again to teach at the Maurer School of Law.”
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Career resources through the dean’s office
Staff in the SGIS dean’s office can also help you find career-related resources. We frequently organize panels with guest speakers who are available to connect with students. And we are eager to share internship opportunities.
To discuss career-related information with the dean’s office, contact:
Dr. Olga Kalentzidou
Director of Academic Initiatives and Experiential Learning
Global and International Studies 4058