About the Career Center

Career Opportunities

The IR degree at FGV prepares students to build their own career paths in competitive environments because it is based on the acquisition of skills and competencies that are required to solve complex problems. Students learn to think qualitatively and quantitatively, as well as to speak and write at a professional level in more than one language. In addition, students acquire the tools they need to find practical solutions to political and economic problems, receive training in negotiating methods, project management, and also in database management. These skills are highly valued in a wide variety of careers.

Examples of Top IR Jobs

Multinational Corporations


Institutional and government relations at multinational companies and start-ups.

Business diplomacy, company internationalization, trade promotion and foreign trade.

Advice for teams negotiating in conflict-prone environments.

Business management in adverse political contexts.  

Financial markets

Risk measurement and assessment for BOVESPA private banks and investment funds.

Institutional and governmental relations with stakeholders.

Communication with clients and controllers in foreign countries.

Political Risk Consulting Firms

Analyzing political scenarios and their impact on the economy and finances.

Identifying solutions for public image-crises, legislative consultancies, and representing private companies' interests in the public sector.

Developing social awareness campaigns, advocacy, promotion of corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Philanthropy and NGOs

Project development for global organizations such as Greenpeace, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International or international philanthropic organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation and Fullbright Foundation.

Fundraising and advocacy campaigns for local and global organizations.

Qualitative and quantitative impact evaluation.

International Organizations

Project management and impact assessment in international bodies such as the UN, UNICEF, UNESCO, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the World Health Organization.

Project monitoring and data management in institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the New Development Bank (BRICS).

Trade dispute resolution at the World Trade Organization.

Public Sector

The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Itamaraty), the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN), the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES), the Brazilian Federal Police, Petrobras, the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC).

International consulting services to the the legislative and judicial branches in the Brazilian government. 

International consulting services to state and municipal governments.

Communication and Marketing

International news coverage for mainstream media outlets (newspapers, blogs and television).

Communication consultancy for governments, international organizations or private companies.

Media training and global image management for individuals, brands or governments.

Academic and Research Careers

International-level research for private and philanthropic foundations or public institutions, such as IPEA, BNDES, and the Central Bank.

Academic careers in teaching and research institutions, both in Brazil and abroad.