Undergraduate Major Details

International Relations

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The International Relations major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Adelante Intern & Study Abroad
American Foreign Service Association
Arabic Department
CA Department of Insurance / Fraud Division
California Common Cause
CEA C'E' Associazione La Rondinella Del Torrino Community Center
CEA C'E' Flo-in-the-go Magazine
CEA C'E' Florentine Mercy Ambulance Service
CEA C'E' Scuola Elementare Pubblica
CEO Global USA
Cesar Chavez Elementary School
Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento
Davis Senior High School
DFLAT Madrid
Dr. Ami Bera for Congress
Education Office, Consulate General of Italy, San Francisco
Experiential Learning Abroad Programs
Florentine Mercy Health Service Museum
Freedom from Hunger
International House, Davis
International Rescue Committee
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto
Law Offices of Kasie W. Lee
Meridian International Center
Morgan Stanley
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Defense University: International Student Management Office
Northern California World Trade Center
Oaks Hyde Park Plaza
Office of Congresswoman Doris Matsui- DC Office
Office of Senator Darrell Steinberg
Opening Doors, Inc.
Osaily Trading Contracting Co.
Patton Boggs LLP
Patwin Elementary School
Plexus Consulting
Robert E. Willett Elementary School
Sing Tao Daily
Superior Court of California, County of Yolo
Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
Sutter Memorial Hospital
The Dershowitz Group
The International Rescue Committee
The New Republic
UC Davis Cross Cultural Center
UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Picnic Day
UC Davis Services For International Students and Scholars
US Department of Commerce: U.S. Commercial Service
US Department of Labor
US Dept of Labor, Bureau of Int'l Labor Affairs
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs: DC Prisoners' Project
Washington Wine Academy

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 201 84 41.8%
2013-14 148 33 22.3%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 34.6% 49.4% 4.9% 11.1%
2013-14 35.5% 38.7% 12.9% 12.9%
2014-15 48.0% 8.0% 24.0% 20.0%
2015-16 37.5% 19.4% 34.7% 8.3%
2016-17 37.5% 37.5% 12.5% 12.5%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
AEON Teacher
Apple Computer Inc Store Associate
Association of California Water Agencies State Relations Assistant
BlueBonnet Intern
Caring.com Family Advisor
Cypress Wealth Management Portfolio Administrator
Davis Aquadarts Teacher
Deloitte and Touche LLP Global Employer Services Tax Consultant
FA Microloans President
French Ministry of Education Teaching Assistant
Gap, Inc Web Production Assistant
Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) ALT
Legacy Law Group Legal Executive Assistant
Lydian Academy Instructor
Ma Labs Account Manager
Mercury Public Affairs Associate
Nippon Express Clerk
Nugget Markets Coffee Bar Associate
Orinda Country Club Assistant Manager
Parkinson Phinney Legal Assistant
SEIU Local 790 Campaign Coordinator
Servicely Business Development Associate
Solar Mosaic Investment Marketing Fellow
SquareTrade Legal Assistant
Triage Consulting Group Associate
United States Air Force Second Lieutenant
United States Army Army Officer
United States Senate Intern
University Covenant Church, Davis International Missions Coordinator
University of California, Davis Administrative Assistant
University of California, Davis Program Representative
University of California, Davis Staff Planner
WALKSacramento Project Assistant
Yelp Account Associate

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $36,444 $35,500
2013-14 $43,222 $43,000
2014-15 $45,142 $43,000
2015-17 $44,807 $43,000