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International Studies Careers & Internships

An international studies major provides you with a global perspective and prepares you for careers in a variety of industries, including:

  • Diplomatic service
  • Government service
  • Immigration services
  • International business
  • International law
  • International marketing
  • Translation/interpretation services
  • Travel industry

Salaries vary greatly, depending on the industry you’re employed in and experience. For example, translators and interpreters earn a median annual salary of $43,300, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For students willing to relocate, salaries in government work at an American embassy abroad or in Washington, D.C., are even higher.

Mount Mary international studies graduates are working as multicultural college recruiters, multicultural psychotherapists and teachers (at Milwaukee Public Schools and teaching English abroad). Our graduates also are employed in the international banking and global health industries, as well as nonprofit cultural organizations such as the Alliance Française of Milwaukee.

Work Abroad During College

You can earn college credit (and sometimes pay) for completing an internship using your foreign language skills. Mount Mary students have completed internships abroad in Peru and Spain. If you’re interested in interning abroad, talk with your professors to learn how you can create the internship experience you desire.

If you prefer to stay closer to home, Mount Mary students have interned at schools in the Milwaukee area as translators/interpreters for Spanish-speaking parents. Students who have double majors in pre-nursing, dietetics or occupational therapy and international studies have interned at hospital and clinics and students with double majors in social work or art therapy and international studies have worked at social services agencies.