Government, Policy, Global Affairs, and Law

If you are interested in the human condition, governance, nonprofit work, legal affairs, the global experience, policy making, and cross-cultural communication and languages, then a career in government, policy, global affairs, and law might be a good fit for you!

These fields and industries cover a broad range of career paths that engage skills in cultural competency and empathy, effective communication with multiple stakeholders and contingencies, research and analysis, linguistics, attention to high-level detail, nuanced decision making, and relationship building. There are opportunities to lead, steer, guide, collaborate, promote teamwork, and be engaged in local and global communities.

Possible Career Paths

  • Author — nonfiction, current events, history, politics
  • Banking and finance, national and international
  • Diplomacy
  • Economist
  • Editor, fact checker
  • Educator
  • Fundraiser/political campaign manager
  • Government employee
  • Human rights work
  • Law, national and international
  • Journalist
  • Linguist
  • Military
  • News and media planner
  • Politics
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social media specialist
  • Translator

Although these lists encompass some occupations in the cluster, this is just a sample. Be sure to keep an open mind and dig deeper into the other careers that play a part in these industries. It is helpful to dive into the skills used within each role to see which area complements your own.

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UO Resources

  • The UO School of Law offers opportunities for both undergrad and law students. Undergrads can declare a legal studies minor to gain work experience, both through part-time jobs and internships.
  • Students in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management can access internship opportunities through their school’s advising office.
  • Peace Corps Volunteer — Peace Corps service lets you partner with communities to share your skills and passion at the local level where they can make a difference. Sharpen your skills in a field you've always loved, or challenge yourself with a new opportunity.