Introduction to International Affairs

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Nicole D. Park

A career in international affairs can be fueled by a passion to travel and a desire to learn about our global environment, effectuate change, and make a difference in the world. As an interdisciplinary field at Wellesley, the international affairs major exposes students to an array of perspectives and analytical methodologies that equip them to enter a workforce in a broad range of organizations and experiences. The work in international affairs can truly change the world; however, it is important to focus on the small steps that will maximize your success and lead you to a fruitful career in international affairs.

“Studying abroad was really a catalyst for me… it really stretched my personal and academic abilities, and I learned a lot. It also gave me a lot of confidence—it showed me what I was capable of doing ”

“Wellesley gave me confidence, support, advice, interview practice, and guidance in how I define myself professionally.”

"It’s great to come from a place like Wellesley that has a tradition of excellence, but it can be easy to forget that every alum has gone through the same thing you are going through right now."

Careers in the Military and Law Enforcement

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Nicole D. Park

The majority of law enforcement jobs are US government positions at the federal and state level and therefore are of interest to students interested in public service. The information below focuses on the maintenance of public order and enforcing the law. Please also refer to the “Government” resource page for more information about public service careers outside of military and physical law enforcement.

Introduction to Think Tanks

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Nicole D. Park

Think tanks are public policy research, analysis, and engagement organizations. They are organizations that generate policy-oriented research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues that enable policymakers and the public to make informed decisions about public policy issues. Think tanks may be affiliated with political parties, governments, interest groups, or private corporations or constituted as independent non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

 

"Sarah Ahmed [former Gov, Intl. Affairs and Law Advisor] has been an invaluable resource for securing an internship in DC, as a source of advice and a guiding light pointing me in the direction of opportunities."

“Wellesley gave me a solid foundation in international relations, so I wanted to explore more in-depth theoretical and historical elements, both for my own interest and for gaining specialist knowledge for my career.”

“Spending two months in Delhi and directly seeing the impact of this NGO’s work has made us grow as students and as individuals.”

“A typical day at the office consists of research and report-writing on topics such as public access to information, governmental corruption and financial crimes, and Argentinian geopolitical relations.”

Introduction to Law & Law School

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Nicole D. Park

Is law school right for you?

The decision to attend law school is a big one. You should consider how law school fits into your career ambitions and life plan. A first step for you to determine if law school is right for you is to explore what the legal profession entails by talking to or working with lawyers. Gaining hands-on experience through networking, internships or law-based classes can only help you when deciding to apply to law school. Additionally, seeking out resources online and through the alumnae network can also help in your search.