The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Global Careers

Gabriela Corbera in Italy

Alumna Gabriela Corbera ’13, Contributing Writer & Researcher at the Climate Action Business Association (CABA), Research Assistant at The Global Development and Environment Institute

Gabriela Corbera's current role entails working on an Emerging Markets report in sustainable economies for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Upon graduating from UMass with a double major in political science and sociology, Gabriela worked in the capital of Peru for a non-profit titled Radio Microemprendedores that aimed to support micro-entrepreneurs in the outskirts of Lima. 

Stimulated by supporting entrepreneurs, social businesses, and corporate social responsibility, Gabriela has continued her passion and commitment for these new economies and developments  by attending the Heller School for Social Policy and Management where she is a Masters Candidate in the dual-degree MBA/MA Sustainable International Development and Social Impact Management.

Prior to Heller, Gabriela also worked for the Boston Network for International Development (BNID), where she was able to champion the work and community of non profits across the Greater Boston Area. In addition to sustainable development, Gabriela also worked at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, as a researcher in microfinance and community savings groups.  While at UMass, Gabriela was:

  • A member of the International Relations Club (IRC) and Center for Education Policy Advocacy (CEPA)
  • A Fellow at the Center for Khmer Studies in Cambodia
  • Studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Payap University

About the Industry

Many students, both domestic and international, choose to get experience working overseas. Whether the work is with government agencies, NGOs, or in the corporate world, the opportunities are wide ranging. The work can take the form of internships, volunteer/service opportunities, jobs, or fellowships. It can be challenging to find these opportunities, and so it is especially important to take the steps to prepare yourself. Researching internship organizations, volunteer organizations, and international job sites; becoming proficient in a foreign language; studying abroad; and networking are all major components to a successful search for a global career.

Sample Classes

We urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.


ANTHRO 104: Culture, Society and People: The nature of culture and its role in creating forms of social, economic, and political life in diverse historical and geographical contexts. Readings drawn from contemporary ethnographies of various peoples, analyzing the persistence of cultural diversity in the midst of global social and socioeconomic forces.


JOURNAL 310: Going Global; Changes in International Journalism: This course explores the challenges and issues facing journalists covering global affairs. Students will learn about intercultural communication, overcoming biases in reporting, and the use of social media as a platform for news reporting.


POLISCI 121: World Politics: Introduction to the principles and practices of international relations in the political, military, economic, and environmental realms. Study of the development of the contemporary system to explore the effects of the structure of the international system, the institutions through which states conduct their relations, and domestic characteristics on the relations among states


SUSTCOMM 125 - Global Cities & Global Issues: Cities are dynamic organisms whose inhabitants require food, water, shelter, safety, commerce, leadership, and equity. For most people, the city can be a wonderful place to live in. For persons without privilege, the necessary goods and services that are require for a quality life may be lacking. In this course, students will note that every village, town, city, or mega-city has some type of challenge. By examining cities within a global context, students should recognize that any challenge can also be viewed as an opportunity for implementing positive change. As such, we examine global cities in order to ask a central question: what does it mean to be an active and engaged citizen living in any city, town, or village?


LEGAL 465 - GlobalizationThe globalization of law, culture, and politics. Competing arguments about the meaning and effects of globalization. Topics include economic globalization, the nature of international law, the influence of the U.S., human rights and refugee protection, the United Nations, and the implications of the rise of the Internet and other global communication media.


ANTHRO 262 - Introduction to the Cultures of Europe: Examines cultural processes at work in contemporary Europe, with special emphasis on the political and economic relations of the nation-state to subnational units and identities, defined variably on the bases of ethnicity, region, religion, language, and class.


ECON 366 - Economic Development: Theories of economic growth applied to Third World countries. Classical and Neoclassical economic theories and structural/historical theories. Topics such as the role of foreign investment and multinational corporations, and strategies of industrialization and employment creation, and rural development.

Co-Curricular Activities

Being involved in on and off campus activities and organizations will give you experience and help you hone in on what you really love doing. Consider joining organizations that will provide you with a deeper understanding of the professional areas you’re considering. You’ll learn more about the field, meet people who share your interests, and have something to include on your resume to show your dedication. Go to the RSO webpage and start searching! Below are some examples.


  • Various International Student Groups (based on country but welcome all students)
  • Amnesty International
  • International Students Club
  • International Relations Club / Model UN
  • Study Abroad
  • Center for Education Policy Advocacy (CEPA)
Internships and Experience

Explore the different aspects of this industry through internships, co-ops, job shadowing, and other experiential opportunities. This will help you hone in on your interests while building an impressive knowledge base and resume for when you enter the job market. SBS students and alumni have completed internships in this field at places like:


  • Verite
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • United Nations
  • International Foundation for Election Systems
  • World Bank
  • RIWAQ Center for Architectural Conservation
  • Habitat for Humanity International
Sample Job Titles
  • UK Events Manager
  • Monitoring Journalist
  • HR Analyst
  • Relief Coordinator
  • Corporate Development Manager
  • Writer
  • Video Journalist
  • Political Affairs Advisor
  • Research Coordinator
  • Regional Advisor: Southern Africa - Local Economic Development