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Bachelor of Arts - Undergraduate Program

Career Perspectives

Today’s professional world requires more than mere disciplinary knowledge from graduates. Students face the prospect of not only technological and societal advancement and amazing individual opportunities, but also a growing field of contradictions, conflicts and crises that our societies are confronted with. In this context, the value of young professionals who understand the relevance of a rationally informed and scientifically trained, creative and critical approach cannot be overestimated.

Studying ISS typically opens careers in the media, in non-governmental organizations, public administration, community development, international aid agencies, international business, the cultural sector, international youth and social work, fundraising and many other pursuits.

Our graduates are known to build successful careers in start-ups and NGOs as well as in large companies; they have moved on to the most renowned academic institutions in the world, some of them developing impressive careers in academia, others starting their own company. This is because creative problem solving, the ability to judge from a broader perspective and to think out of the box are faculties that are in very high demand in all positions of leadership. Our students move on to positions that cannot be substituted by machines.

What companies and NGOs also see in our graduates is the power to connect local and specific problems to societal trends and issues in a global and digital context. They are in high demand, because they are trained to think problems through from varying disciplinary perspectives. These qualities are of huge advantage for the undertaking of entrepreneurial initiative, e.g. in the context of social entrepreneurship.

Career-related services at Jacobs University provide information, counseling and training, networks, and events. The Career Services Center (CSC) as well as the Jacobs Alumni Office help students in their career development. The CSC provides students with high-quality training and coaching in CV creation, cover letter formulation, interview preparation, effective presenting, project management, business communication and etiquette and employer research as well as in many other aspects, thus helping students identify and follow up rewarding careers after their time at Jacobs University. Digital job and internship portfolios help students to prepare for their career.

ISS has the largest alumni community at Jacobs University. And our alumni are known to be especially closely connected – they are united by the common spirit of the study program and support each other in realizing their visions, because they value the importance of the contribution we make. The Alumni Office will help students establish a long-lasting and worldwide network which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.

Our students and graduates have pursued a variety of career fields both during their years in university through voluntary and mandatory internships, and after university through full-time jobs. Main professional areas undertaken by our students include: Private Sector & Industries (e.g., Consulting, Media, Trade, Automotive, Logistics), Organizations (e.g, NGO, Public Services, Institutions, Foundations) and Research & Education.

Examples of companies and organizations our students have worked and/or interned in include:

Private Sector & Industries

  • Bayer AG – Bayer Business Services GmbH
  • Daimler AG
  • Montblanc Simplo GmbH
  • SKY News Brisbane
  • Voice Of Women Media (Based in Run Run Shaw Creative Media Center of CityU Hong Kong)


  • Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  • Deutscher Bundestag
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation Vermont
  • UN House
  • United Nations Population Fund

Research & Education

  • Bremer Energie Institut
  • Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities – R&D Department
  • Deutsche UNESCO- Komission: UN Decade Education for Sustainable Development
  • Institute of Criminological and Social Research and Section for Feminist Research and Critical Studies of Masculinities
  • Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center
I learned a lot – especially from my peers

That is because at Jacobs they come from the whole world. Discussing topics like “Democracy” with students from China, Lesotho and Palestine can be very, very enriching Lara Laila Gärber feels, who studied Integrated Social Sciences.

Yingzhao Zhu

BA Integrated Social Sciences | 2016
Nationality: Chinese

I really didn’t expect that I could gain such a high degree of intercultural tolerance and understanding after the three years. It was one of the best parts – after graduation, I found myself easily adapted to different types of academic and professional environment, with high flexibility to quickly adjust and integrate to them.


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Trevor Walker

BA Integrated Social Sciences | 2010
Nationality: American

Jacobs was truly an amazing experience. There is a specific culture at Jacobs – even if people come from very different places, everyone has the same understanding of internationality, and sensitivity to difference, not just in terms of nationality, but also race, ethnic background, and identities.

Sarah Cleto

BA Integrated Social Sciences | 2015
Nationality: Brazilian

I studied ISS at Jacobs and thoroughly enjoyed it - though I pursued a career quite different from precisely what I studied, my classes were able to provide me with a strong foundation in education and prepared me for my Master’s degree that I completed one year after graduating.

Alumni Gallery

Graduates of Jacobs University follow a variety of career paths all over the world – may it be a professional or academic career or even the leap into entrepreneurship.

We want to share with you some of the exciting stories of our alumni.

Read what they have to say about the Jacobs experience and how it helped them personally and professionally.

Career Services Center

Today’s business world requires disciplinary knowledge from graduates as well as the ability to apply this knowledge. Career-related services at Jacobs University provide information, counseling and training, networks, and events. Jacobs University’s students participate in trainings on project management, business communication, job interview skills, and more. Digital job and internship portfolios help students to prepare for their career.

Contact the Career Services Center for more information
Email: csc [at]
Phone: +49 421 200-4225

Alumni Association

Studying at Jacobs University gives you connections – often for your whole life.

The JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION E.V. was founded in 2004 by the first generation of graduates. Since then, around 4,500 students have obtained their degrees from Jacobs University.

Contact the Jacobs Alumni Relations Office
Email: d.heinsen [at]
Phone: +49 421 200-4238