Student Professional Development Resources

Welcome to the Professional Development and Career Resources page!

Here you will find useful links to many of our most popular and useful resources for researching careers, internships and volunteering opportunities around the globe.

Global Job and Internship Guide

Click to access the Global Job and Internship Guide, a site to begin the search for scholarships for research and study abroad, volunteer and internship opportunities, and employment in Pittsburgh, the U.S. or abroad. In addition to the global guide, once enrolled in a Global Studies certificate, students will have access to a canvas site with a wealth of career resources and links. 


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Global Switchboard Internship

The Global Switchboard stewards a diverse network of people and organizations to promote human rights and social justice in the Pittsburgh region! They strive to build a region where all people value dignity, diversity, and human rights, and work together to create a more just and peaceful world. Currently, the Global Switchboard Internship is held by Ben Pifer! Ben is an undergraduate student working on a BA in History and a BPhil in International Relations and Area Studies and pursuing minors in Political Science, Economics, and Modern Greek. While at Pitt, he studied forced migration and, more specifically, the 1923 Greco-Turkish Population exchange. He is active in the Political Science Student Association, Model EU, and on the Board of FORGE, facilitating opportunities for refugee growth and empowerment.

Having this position is wonderful as it has allowed me to be a more active advocate for refugees and immigrants in the Pittsburgh area.


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International Career Toolkit Series

Each Spring Semester, the Global Studies Center and the other area centers in the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) host a series of events designed to help students leverage their international expertise and foreign language skills to launch exciting and impactful careers after graduation. Previous events in the program have included workshops on how to identify personal strengths and professional goals, prepare a polished resume or CV, write a compelling cover letter or graduate school application, and impress in a face-to-face interview. The Career Toolkit Series gives GSC students opportunities to connect with leaders and specialists, including Pitt and GSC alumni, in a wide variety of fields.


2023-2024 events included Digital Portfolio Workshops, Careers in International education, Careers in Global Health, Careers in Washington with David Shear, International Careers Networking and Mentoring session, and Coffee with a Diplomat.

For additional information, please contact Krystal Marsh at


Washington D.C. Trip

The Global Studies Center hosts a networking trip to Washington D.C each spring. Students who participate in the trip will meet with professionals working in various governmental offices, not-for-profit organizations, and consulting firms in the nation’s capital. Past site visits have included the State Department, the National Democratic Institute, the Government Accountability Office; and the Global Knowledge Initiative, as well as a networking party with UCIS alumni working in the area. The Pitt delegation is divided into three groups according to student interest: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and Security; Global Health; and Human Security. 

The UCIS trip was extremely beneficial because we were able to talk to several organizations and alumni who were all so helpful. Not only did they give insight into career opportunities in Washington and within the U.S. government, but they also provided guidance on networking and career exploration that will be helpful no matter what career path I chose.”  -Megan Heim, 2024, Spanish Major & Global Studies Certificate

My favorite memory from this past trip was being able to talk with a number of Pitt alumni about their experiences living and working in Washington DC and the helpful advice they were able to pass along.” Emma Knutty, 2024, Anthropology Major, Hispanic Language and Culture minor, & Global Studies Certificate


Global Health Case Competition

Pitt’s Global Health Case Competition is designed to give Pitt students from all campuses professional experience in developing innovative 21st century solutions and strategies to address a real-world global health issue. 

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Alumni Statistics

Learn more about our impressive alumni and their paths after graduating. 

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