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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Korbel School students at the White House during D.C. Career Connections week in December 2015



Students on the 2014 Korbel Career Connections trip visiting the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

The vast majority of our graduates find employment within a year of graduating from the Josef Korbel School. You will find our alumni in a variety of sectors, organizations and locations throughout the world, reflecting the diversity of interests, skills, talent and experience of Josef Korbel School students.

Please take a look at our Career Reports to learn more:

We partner with you to help you achieve your academic and professional goals through the following services:

Career coachingMelissa Martin

Whether you know exactly where you want to work or need help identifying employers that match your interests and skills, we can meet with you and coach you through these steps. We'll help you identify internship/career options, develop an internship and/or job search strategy and write strong application materials.


Career development courses

We offer non-credit courses exclusively to Josef Korbel School graduate students.  The courses will:

  • assess your values, interests and skills;
  • help you develop a job search strategy for the international affairs field;
  • give you a forum to practice and get feedback on job search skills such as resume and cover letter writing, networking, interviewing and negotiation.

Information sessionsState Department information session

Organizational representatives visit campus throughout the year to present on internship and job opportunities, and provide advice. Past employers include:

  • John Snow, Inc
  • The CIA
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontiéres)
  • And many others


We encourage students to complete internships while at the Josef Korbel School, and provide resources for funding, locating, securing and completing your internship(s).
More than 200 students register at least one internship every year, and about one-third of those are abroad. Internship opportunities are vast in the nonprofit, public, multilateral and private sectors and are a great opportunity to further develop skills in data management and analysis, research, writing, marketing (social media, blogs, newsletters), event coordinating and more.

Professionals in residenceGeneral George W. Casey, Ret., MA '80, International Relations

Alumni and friends of the Josef Korbel School visit campus throughout the year to discuss their own careers and answer questions related to their field. Past participants have hailed from a variety of organizations such as:

  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • UNDP
  • Oxfam America
  • Amnesty International
  • Population Services International
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • International Rescue Committee
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of State
  • The CIA

Internships and jobs databaseInternship Brochure

Korbelcareers is  an online career development resource exclusively for Josef Korbel School graduate students and alumni. On average it hosts 300 current job and internship vacancy announcements, an events calendar, and resources for careers in international affairs.

On-campus career eventsDiane Witonsky

Every year our office hosts a variety of career development and networking opportunities. These special events include the Global Security Career Fair, Colorado-based International NGO Networking Forum, and the Student/Alumni Networking Reception, among others.


Career exploration
and networking off-campusJimmie Braley, Summer 2015, Oxfam

Through our Career Connections programs in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston students have the opportunity to meet and network with high-level decision makers and human resource professional in government agencies, large nonprofits, and various other companies. Some of the employers we have visited include:

  • The William J. Clinton Foundation
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • International Rescue Commission
  • Freedom House
  • Partners in Health
  • Oxfam America
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Pentagon
  • Partnership for Public Service
  • The CIA
  • The Atlantic Council
  • Chemonics
  • DevEx
  • The World Bank
  • And many more