I just had a former intern ask me for advice on finding jobs in the DC region in international affairs. I compiled a list for her and thought it might help others. Here it is.
A good first choice is searching/following the websites of individual companies that you would love to work for. Research the companies, then keep checking. Even if they don’t have anything immediately available that suits you, you’ll still get a better sense of what they do, who they want, and what projects they’re working on. When a spot opens up that even remotely interests you, you’ll then have the background knowledge to integrate into your cover letter and (hopefully!) interview.
I’ve found my university career website to be quite good. Check it regularly.
A few other options:
If you want to work for the government, this is the best place to go: http://www.usajobs.gov. There’s a ton of stuff there, since practically every US agency lists there. But you can narrow your search by location, salary range, and specific agencies or keywords, which will help you find something appropriate. Of course, landing a USG job can take a lot of patience and time.
A few general career resources that might also be useful:
- http://www.careeronestop.com (US government-run site with lots of info)
- http://www.slesingermanagement.com/bestwebsites.shtml (tons of links here — I haven’t checked them all out)
I hope this helps and good luck!