Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Each federal agency and many state agencies have international departments within them. There are also numerous NGOs and nonprofits that seek public policy students. The majority of these organizations use the job boards compiled below; however, many of the larger intergovernmental organizations (UN organizations, World Bank, IMF, WIPO, etc.) use their own hiring systems. Additionally, the private sector is a major employer of international policy students. Most major companies (consulting, business, marketing, law, etc.) have departments focusing on international relations and regulations. 

Top Job Boards

  • Byron (General employment listings specific to Australia and the UK)
  • Development Executive Group (A leading global development job board)
  • DevNetJobs (Employment listings for international development and consulting work)
  • EuroGraduate (General employment listings specific to Europe)
  • Foreign Service Officer (Information on process of becoming a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State)
  • ForeignAffairs (Employment listings from Foreign Affairs magazine published by the Council on Foreign Relations)
  • ForeignPolicy (Employment listings from Foreign Policy magazine)
  • GlobalJobs (Employment listings for global professionals)
  • Idealist (A leading source for nonprofit employment listings around the world)
  • International Career Employment Weekly (Public sector employment listings around the world)
  • NextBillion (Employment listings for enterprise development work)
  • Opportunity Knocks (Employment listings for nonprofit professionals around the world)
  • OverseasJobs (General employment listings around the world)
  • Peace Corps (Peace Corps opportunities)
  • ReliefWeb (Employment listings for humanitarian and development work)
  • SkollWorldForum (Employment listings for social-sector work around the world)
  • UNJobs (Employment listings within the UN system compiled by an outside source)
  • YPFP (Employment listings for young professionals interested in foreign policy)

Other International Employment Resources

Sample Employers

Development and Environment