The International Studies program seeks to familiarize you with the global community in which you live and to prepare you for careers involving international interactions.
The major provides you with a variety of opportunities to explore issues from economic, social, cultural and environmental perspectives.
Foreign language training and study abroad experiences are incorporated into the program and special attention is given to British Columbia's immediate international neighbours: the Pacific Rim countries, the nations of the Circumpolar North, and the United States.
Students Changing the World
World University Services of Canada (WUSC) International Forum 2013Five UNBC students attended the World University Services of Canada (WUSC) International Forum in Ottawa in November 2013 as delegates of UNBC WUSC’s local committee. A contribution of $500 from the Department of International Studies helped to make this possible. The International Forum held workshops and debates on contemporary international development issues and offered a chance to make connections with students from local committees across Canada as well as professionals in the field. The highlight of our trip was the “Great Debate” on the final day of the forum. The question asked was: “What is the greatest development priority of our time?” Our UNBC team position suggested that a holistic, multi-perspective approach is necessary for successful development; context matters. We won the debate!
2013 CIDA Internship in Mexico
Meghan Kennedy, International Studies Major - 2011
I found this internship through CIDA's website because I knew that they posted new ones every year. The link is: http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/psij-iyip.nsf/vStsEn?OpenView&RestrictToCategory=2012/2013. However, with recent cuts to CIDA, this is the last year for the International Youth Internship Program. The government does have a webpage providing advice/channels for finding a job in international development: http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/ACDI-CIDA.nsf/eng/NIC-5492333-HQE. You can also search through the DFATD/CIDA links or search out the organizations themselves. For example I know that Free the Children offers an internship. There's also WUSC, United Nations Association of Canada, and Oxfam Quebec. Their information can be found on their websites so it's often a matter of searching far and wide.
Amnesty International InternshipA group of twenty youths from across the country made their way to their seats in a meeting room of a small University in Canada’s capital city. The room was suddenly overcome with a sense of emotional weight and apprehension as Naser al Raas entered the room, personally escorted by the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada.
Heather Ritchie, UNBC Graduate 2013
This position was available to me because of the dedication and leadership skills I had previously shown during my involvement with the local Amnesty International chapter in Prince George and the networks I had already made. In this position I had the opportunity to plan workshops and meet dedicated and influential citizens from across the country. As an undergraduate student it is important to be involved with as many opportunities as possible because soon your degree will be complete and it will become more important than ever to stay engaged in the world around you. Your university education is valuable but some of the most important lessons you will learn can only be taught outside of the class room.
International Criminal Court (ICC) Internship
Kaleigh Milinazzo, Joint International Studies & Political Science Major - 2011
From April to August 2012, I completed an internship at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. This year, the ICC celebrated its 10th anniversary as a permanent and independent court established to end impunity for the most serious crimes of international concern, specifically genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The ICC currently has 121 States Parties, with 22 warrants of arrest issued, 16 cases, and seven ongoing investigations.
As a member of the external relations team, I helped support the ICC Presidency in interactions with States, international organizations, civil society and other external actors. An excellent complement to my UNBC International Studies degree, this ‘hands on’ opportunity allowed me to gain valuable experience in the fields of diplomacy, public policy and international law.
Interested students can apply for internships at the ICC on the ICC website: http://www.icc-cpi.int.