Career Guide

Private Sector

The private sector consists of for-profit companies that are independent from the state. In a global economy, many companies operate all over the world. Consequently, knowledge of international affairs can launch a career in the private sector. Private sector organizations also partner with public and non-governmental organizations to tackle shared challenges, such as environmental sustainability and national security.

Pro Tip:

If you want to work for a multinational corporation outside of your home country, it is often easier to seek employment domestically and then transfer to an international office due to visa and hiring regulations.

Skill Sets & Experience

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

  • Functional expertise in areas such as: international finance, political risk management, economics, strategic planning, or public communication

  • Regional expertise

  • Foreign language proficiency

  • Quantitative analysis

  • Cross-cultural communication skills

  • Understanding of policy processes