Career Community: Government, International Affairs and Public Policy

Career Community icon: Government, International Affairs and Public Policy

Government, International Affairs and Public Policy

Government, International Affairs, and Public Policy is a career community that focuses on governance, national security, Foreign Service, planning, regulation, and administration at the local, state, and federal levels. The positions in this field enforce and determine policy through political systems and institutions, ensuring that fundamental rights are universally guaranteed.

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Personal or general interests that indicate this community might be a good fit:
Current events, politics, speech and debate, understanding public policy, humanitarian efforts, economic and public policy, cybersecurity and intelligence.

Industries in which
you might seek employment
after graduation:


Careers you might consider
after graduation:

  • State and Local government
  • Federal government
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Research
  • Foreign Affairs
  • NGOs and Nonprofits
  • Corrections facilities
  • National Security
  • Lobbying
  • Legal Services
  • Policy Development
  • Governance
  • Civil Service
  • Campaign Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Corrections Officer
  • Military
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Local, State or Federal Politician

 Meet Your Career Coach:


Lori Bolton

Career Coach

After 14 years away from OSU Lori has returned to career services. She previously worked in Career Services at The OSU Marion Regional campus, in the College of Medicine and with the College of Public Health. She spent time as an academic advisor working with all majors and preparing students to transition from high school to college, transfer from two-year programs to four-year programs, and enter the workforce or move on to professional degree programs. Lori believes that students’ diverse backgrounds and experiences are their greatest strengths, and she will work with each student to cultivate, promote, and celebrate their individual talents. Her education includes both a MS in Education with a focus on higher education counseling and a BS in Business Management with a minor in communications. Lori is a lifelong Ohioan and considers herself to be a National Park geek, visiting over twenty parks so far.


Jobs and Internships for members of this Career Community

Guides and tip sheets you'll find useful:

  1. Military Resume Sample
  2. Government Positions Resume Sample
  3. Global Competencies Resume Sample
  4. Exploring Security, Public Safety, and Investigation Careers
  5. Finding Work Abroad
  6. Searching for a Job in Natural Resources

Helpful Links for members of this Career Community

USA Jobs
USAJobs is the U.S. Government’s official system for posting Federal jobs and internships. Some Federal agencies post their openings on their individual sites, though.  Therefore, when interested in a specific government unit, it’s best to look on BOTH USAJobs and the unit’s website.

Go Government
Resource for finding and applying to federal jobs and internships.

Site operated by the Office of U.S. Personnel Management.
State of Ohio hiring management system.

Public Service Careers
Organizations that work closely to support government entities fall within the “public service sector” and include lobbyists, NGO’s, and nonprofit foundations.

Political Job Hunt
The latest listings of jobs in politics, public policy, and government affairs.

Opportunities in Public Affairs
Government affairs, legislative policy, PR, communications, fundraising, research, writing, and journalism jobs and internships.

Jobs to Careers 
Search engine for security jobs by state.
Features the latest data, statistics, and employment requirements from judicial districts across the nation so as to offer a resource to men and women interested in pursuing careers in corrections.

Cyber Security Guide 
The field of cybersecurity has grown rapidly and includes a wide variety of jobs. Utilize this guide to gain insight about entry-level career options and how your career can progress in the field. Review job outlook information, learn about common job requirements, cybersecurity job resources and free online learning resources.

Industry Connections for Government, International Affairs and Public Policy

If you're an employer that is interested in recruiting from this population of students at The Ohio State University, we've made it easy for you! Assistant Director of Industry Connections Addie Cheney is your point of contact. Addie can help you explore our Career Fairs and Expos, our signature programs, and develop a recruiting strategy to hire from the high-caliber and diverse population of students and recent alumni.

Addie Cheney, Assistant Director of Industry Connections (headshot)

Addie Cheney

Assistant Director of Industry Connections

Addie joined the Career Success team in the fall of 2021. Prior to this, she worked in the international higher education space for more than 12 years.  

Addie has a passion for learning and building international connections, as evidenced by her Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Miami University, and her Master of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literature from The Ohio State University. Addie has lived, studied and worked abroad, spending a memorable year in Berlin, Germany during her graduate studies.

As part of the Industry Connections team, she will be building and nurturing relationships with businesses, supporting their talent engagement goals and helping them explore and connect with the deep pool of student talent within the College of Arts and Sciences.