Build Your Career

What Can I Do With My Major?

Want to know where your International Relations major can take you after graduation? Check out our What Can I Do With My Major page for information on potential careers and skills that your major brings to the workplace.

Career Development

Not sure which career path you would like to take? Want to make sure you have a professional resume, know how to write an attention-grabbing cover letter, and can ace an interview? Are you ready to start job hunting but don’t know where to start? The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers in Brock Hall can help with all of these questions and much more.

IR Tri-Mentoring Program

Tri-Mentoring connects you with industry and faculty mentors, and with your fellow students.  Each year, UBC alumni are matched with a junior (1st /2nd year) and a senior (3rd/4th year) student.  IR students interested in research also have the opportunity to be matched with a PhD mentor from the Liu Scholars program.  Matches with Alumni and Liu Scholars are based on academic and career goals, and expose students to careers in their area of study.

Intake occurs each September.  For more information on the IR Tri-Mentoring program please visit the Tri-Mentoring site.

Involvement Opportunities

All of the activities you get involved in at UBC can help build your career. Collaboration, communication, project management, and network building are only a few of the wide range of skills you can gain. Find involvement opportunities that spark your interest through the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Arts Career Resources

Get more information on career resources and involvement opportunities specific to Arts students such as Arts Co-op (paid work experience), Arts Internship, and Arts Career Xploration.

Arts Co-op Program

Did you know you can get paid, relevant work experience while doing your undergraduate degree? Arts Co-op students alternate between academic terms and challenging, paid work experience with employers across Canada and around the world.

Intake occurs each September and is open to students with at least 27 credits completed, and who have at least 30 required credits remaining.

Arts Internship Program

The Arts Internship program connects you with part-time, unpaid positions that offer meaningful, career-related experience within the community. Participating organizations include museums, galleries, and neighbourhood houses, as well as organizations focused on heritage, poverty, social justice, and the environment.

Intake occurs in October and February. Students must have completed the writing component of the Writing and Research Requirement to apply.

Looking for more internship opportunities? Check out the IR internship page.

Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL)

CBEL offers an opportunity for you to participate in projects driven by community priorities at non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as public schools. Programs include short-term reading week placements, ongoing Trek placements, courses which include CBEL components, and custom projects.

Application deadlines vary depending on program.

Research Opportunities

Interested in pursuing research? Get started now! Talk to your faculty or search for research positions through careers online, join the undergraduate research club, attend the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference, or dive into a topic of special interest by running a student-directed seminar.

Go Global

As an International Relations student, getting international experience is a crucial part of building your career. Go Global’s international learning programs offer students transformational experiences that promote global awareness, meaningful engagement, and cross-cultural understanding. Programs include academic exchanges, group study programs, and research and service learning.

Application deadlines vary depending on program.

Arts Learning Plan

Need a way to gather all of this information together in one place? The Arts Learning Plan is an interactive online tool designed to inform students about experiential opportunities available in the Faculty of Arts. Using this tool, students are able to plan their involvement at UBC by choosing from an extensive list of activities and inserting them into a personalized calendar.