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Alumni


Information from alumni survey:

What kinds of job titles might you expect from our program?


  • Employment Developer 
  • Study Abroad Coordinator 
  • Foreign Language Technology Specialist and Telecollaboration Consultant
  • Cryptologic Linguist
  • Junior Attorney
  • Dean of Students
  • Analyst
  • Social Science Research Professional
  • Bilingual Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Program Outreach Manager
  • Parent Coordinator
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Youth Literacy Advisor
  • Auxiliar de Conversación en la Comunidad de Madrid
  • Regulatory Specialist

Highest level of education:

From a small group of self reported alumni, 50% completed a Masters. 25% are in the process of completing a PhD program, and 25% completed the BA only.

Languages our alumni speak:

Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, French, German, Patois, Catalan, Arabic, Slovak, Hmong

Countries/regions where our alumni have visited:

Germany, England, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Costa Rica, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Afghanistan

Countries where our alumni have lived:

Nicaragua, France, Jamaica, Spain; number of alumni who self reported currently working and living abroad: 2 (Spain and Jamaica)


Alumni Profiles


Meet: Katy Gauthier

Job title: Employment Developer ("refugee resettlement agency, where I help newly arrived refugees from all over the world.")

Languages spoken: French

How INTS BA helped my career:

It's a good way to gain a stronger perspective of the world and to understand different cultures. It also broadens thinking in terms of global responsibility and interconnectivity.

My advice to current and prospective students:
Do an internship to get hands on experience.
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Meet: Meghan Atherton

Job title: Study Abroad Coordinator

Studied in: Germany and Mexico

Travelled to: Europe, Mexico, Guatemala

Languages spoken: Some Spanish

How INTS BA helped my career:

The degree made it easy for me to spend a semester abroad and from that experience I developed an interest in working in international education.

My advice to current and prospective students:
Go abroad during your studies, more than once if possible! There's so much to be learned about the world and yourself when you step outside of the US!
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Meet: Naomi Wahls, BA 2007

Job title: Foreign Language Technology Specialist and Telecollaboration Consultant

Studied in: Germany and Mexico

Travelled to: Japan, Germany, U.K., Mexico, and Canada

Languages spoken: Spanish and some German

Highest degree: Masters in Spanish and Information and Learning Technology

How INTS BA helped my career:

I'm able to work with a variety of backgrounds and languages. I also have more of a culture awareness which helps me mitigate in the office.

My advice to current and prospective students:

You can learn to interact with all cultures and pursue your career at the same time. International Studies helps you interact more with the other cultures and gives you international travel opportunities.


If you're here, you're passion is International. Pursue that first and then figure out what field you want. Going international opens doors.

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Meet: Jennifer Torres

Job title: Junior Attorney

Travelled to: Peru

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese

How INTS BA helped my career:

My current career requires Spanish language to communicate and I have found that the more languages I feel comfortable speaking, the more career opportunities I have It helps explore places you didn't think you would go and gain a different perspective on current personal or political issues

My advice to current and prospective students:

To know where they want to go with their degree, an International Studies is program is very flexible and applicable to many careers but it helps if you have an idea about whether you want to just have a BA for that program or go on for a graduate degree.

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Meet: Stephanie Laning

Job title: Analyst

Travelled to: Europe, Latin America, and Africa for school

Languages spoken: English and Spanish

Highest degree: Master's Degree in International Security

How INTS BA helped my career:

It ignited my passion for foreign policy. I went on to pursue a MA in International Security, studies in South Africa, interned in the White House Drug Policy Office, and am preparing to being my career in the Federal Government

My advice to current and prospective students:

The world is becoming more and more interconnected. It is so important to have a global understanding of the current state of affairs.


Even after you graduate from the program, keep pursuing your passions no matter how wild your dream is. You just keep working hard and eventually it will

become a reality.

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Meet: Veriene Melo, BA 2010

Job title: Social Science Research Professional, Program on Poverty and Governance (PovGov) at Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

Studied and lived in: Paris France

Travelled to: Rio de Janeiro

Languages spoken: Portuguese, English, Spanish and French

Highest degree: I have a Master's in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Social Science and Comparative Education at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS).

How INTS BA helped my career:

Absolutely. My international studies degree was the foundation for a successful transition into graduate school in an area studies program - which required knowledge of a specific region of the world and strong language skills. This experience then led to a career in academic research and acceptance into a doctoral program.

My advice to current and prospective students:

Pursuing an international studies major is an exploratory endeavor, not only academically but also for personal growth. Having the chance to get a sense of what is out in the world, learning how different societies function, how politics and history shape the reality of us all in an interconnected fashion, as well as taking the time to explore some of the languages and cultures that make us human such incredible creatures, is a life-changing opportunity that help elucidate student's understanding of the world - and their position in it - while they build credentials for a future career in the process.


Enjoy the program flexility and take the chance to explore elective courses in fields of interest to you, however, do invest in language courses (in spite of the workload involved) and take as many classes as you can in economics, statistics and data analysis -- those are very useful for a future in research and graduate school (I regret not having taken those classes as an undergrad myself).

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Meet: Caroline Dean

Job title: Bilingual Community Outreach Coordinator, Boulder

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Lived abroad: I was in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua from 2012-2014 as a Community Health Volunteer

Highest degree: Bachelor's of Arts

How INTS BA helped my career:

It influenced me to look internationally for inspiration to my career path. It opens up a multitude of experiences and possibilities for careers in many different fields.

My advice to current and prospective students:

Have fun and take as many diverse classes as you can! Even though you may specify in a region of the world, go outside of your comfort zone and learn something different! I focused on Latin America, but found my African studies-based classes fascinating.

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Meet: Laramie Ulam

Job title: Program Outreach Manager

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Highest degree: Masters

Travelled to: Costa Rica twice for personal experience

My advice to current and prospective students:

Try to get a job in an international country!

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Meet: Maria G. Saldana

Job title: Parent Coordinator

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Highest degree: BA

How INTS BA helped my career:

It has helped me start my career in what I love.....Community work! Specially working with a diverse community.

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Meet: Steve Lawrence

Job title: Youth Literacy Advisor

Languages spoken: English, Patois, Spanish, German

Highest degree: MPA

Studied and Lived abroad: 2 years in US Peace Corps service in Jamaica, West Indies. Also, before and after degree, travelled and studied in 40 countries.

Lives currently in: Jamaica, West Indies - 2014 to present.

How INTS BA helped my career:

Provides better understanding of world politics

My advice to current and prospective students:

Make contacts, talk with people

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Meet: Areli Alcazar BA 2012

Job title: Auxiliar de Conversación en la Comunidad de Madrid

Languages spoken: Spanish (native), English (native), Catalan (intermediate), , Arabic (beginner)

Highest degree: Bachelor of Arts

Studied and Lived abroad: Spain since 2014, because I wanted to travel and earn money doing so. I've now lived in Palma de Mallorca, Pontevedra, and now in Madrid.

Lives currently in: Madrid, Spain

How INTS BA helped my career:

My degree is how I was hired for this job in the first place!

My advice to current and prospective students:

Don't just finish your degree and then stay home! There's a whole world out there to explore!

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Meet: Shirley Kovac

Job title: Regulatory Specialist

Languages spoken: Slovak and English

Highest degree: BA

How INTS BA helped my career:

Allowed me to get a better career path

My advice to current and prospective students:

If you are apprehensive about a study, just try it, you may fall in love with it.

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