Prepare for a multinational and cross-cultural career focusing on the evolving patterns and politics of international trade and investment, the locational strategies of international businesses and the social and environmental impact of these activities.
The Department of Geography helps you customize your International Trade education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. We introduce you to new professional networks in the industries and organizations that interest you the most.
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Here is how we help you develop 10 critical skills for leaders in international trade:
Help solve real-world problems impacting the lives of citizens around the globe, and learn from world-class researchers. Apply statistical techniques to uncover and explain patterns of trade, investment, and development. Develop advanced qualitative research skills to gain an understanding of the processes, perspectives and motivations that drive individual and organizational behavior through in-depth interviews and related methods.
Publish and promote your research through UB’s Center for Trade, Environment and Development (CTED). The Center supports research on trade and investment policies and patterns through the lens of social and environmental outcomes. Its current research is focused on the following core themes:
Acquire the knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, execute, control, and close projects to achieve specific organizational goals. Negotiate reasonable and achievable deadlines and milestones, and report results to multiple stakeholders.
Choose to complete a Competency Portfolio or Research Project to showcase your ability to design, manage, implement, and report on a project. Recent examples of student projects based on internships and partnerships with private, public and non-profit sector organizations include:
A key driver of globalization, and the pace of technology advancements continues to accelerate. Understand the impact of science, technology, and innovation on economic and social development at an international scale.
An example of recent student project:
Review data in detail, observe patterns, perform advanced calculations, and draw logical conclusions. Compile, analyze, and prepare reports on data sets to identify correlations, explain international trade phenomena and forecast market trends, applying mathematical models and statistical techniques.
Examples of student projects include:
Work independently or with faculty members on major research projects, helping them identify issues and produce groundbreaking and publication-worthy scholarship and applied research. Primary areas of faculty and student research include:
Rise to the challenge by gaining experience and leadership skills in some of the hundreds of University at Buffalo extracurricular and governance organizations, civic groups and volunteer activities.
Prove your abilities and make powerful professional connections through student engagement opportunities with local, national and international professional organizations. For example:
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers through credit-bearing and, in some cases, paid internships. Students displaying knowledge, professionalism and a solid work ethic are oftentimes offered full-time positions.
Below are just a few of the organizations that regularly seek UB student interns and graduates:
Interact with academic and industry professionals through department-sponsored events such as:
Enhance your ability to author effective critical communication pieces through required class projects, research papers, poster presentations, and articles submitted for review and publication by professional organizations. Practice professional presentation skills in seminar classes before you take the stage at regional and national conferences.
For example, Professors Trina Hamilton, Monica Stephens, and Marion Werner attended the Critical Geography Mini Conference at Penn State. Joining them were six graduate students who presented on a diverse variety of themes, from food systems planning and neighborhood change in Buffalo to new geographies of aid and investment among countries in the global South. The conference was a unique opportunity to network and share ideas with other students and faculty in the region working on research projects that are concerned broadly with space and social justice.
Showcase your research, fieldwork, projects, and internships at department-sponsored activities such as:
Use logic and reasoning to solve complex problems by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Showcase your ability to design, manage, operate and report on topics typically required for professional employment, highlighting your competence across several areas for your Master’s Competency Portfolio or Research Project. Recent student examples include:
Expand your world view and prepare to work in the interconnected world market and global systems.
Gain a better understanding of cultural differences among peoples and the geographical relationships underlying them.
Participate in projects with local community groups and study abroad to further your understanding of the human condition in different contexts and its effect on international trade issues. In turn, national and international scholars frequently come to campus to present guest lectures. For example, the Department of Geography 2018 Colloquium Series includes:
* Trade Policy Analyst
* International Development Specialist
* Trade Compliance Officer
* Logistics Planner
* Community Relations Manager
* Environmental Consultant
* Transportation Analyst
* Sustainability Planning Specialist
* International Market Analyst
* Customs Broker
* Market Research Analyst
In addition to those mentioned in the examples above, here are a few more International Trade alumni who are making a difference in their profession and their communities. They're looking forward to helping you expand your professional network.