- Collections of Video and Audio Resources
- Development Organizations
Collections of Video and Audio Resources
Climate Change and Variability in Semi-Arid Central Tanzania:
Farmer Researches, Adaptations, and Coping Strategies to Railfall Variability - Dr. Pantaleo Munishi
Green Revolution in East Africa - A radio interview with Thomas A. Smucker (26mb mp3, direct link)
Students graduating with a degree in International Development Studies have a wide range of career paths open to them. Graduates often pursue careers in the non-governmental/non-profit sector, with an international development organization, or a government agency. Depending upon a student's interests and long-term goals it may be useful to take courses that complement the IDS program Requirements such as fundraising, non-profit management, project management, budgeting, marketing, finance, etc. In addition to choosing relevant courses, students should take advantage of internship opportunities to network and make connections.
Many times who you know is just as important as what you know. Students should be advised that the process of finding a job can take months from when a cover letter and resume are submitted to when a final job offer is made. It is recommended that a student begin sending out his or her cover letter and resume three months before graduation. Cover letters and resumes sent via email are often acceptable for most employers. However, documents printed on cotton resume paper, signed, and sent by mail often show a higher level of interest on the part of the applicant. Below is a selection of links for students interested in beginning the job hunt. This is by no means an exhaustive list and is only intended to get students thinking about possible post-graduation career opportunities.
Idealist.org is an useful website for those interested in pursuing a career in the non-profit/non-governmental sector. The site has thousands of job, internship, and volunteer listings that are updated daily. It is possible to search by location (country, state, city), area of focus, and job category. It contains information such as job qualifications, application deadlines, salary, language Requirements, and contact information. It is worth visiting this site well before the job hunt begins to get an idea of the type of positions out there and what the requirements are.
Opportunitynocs.org is another non-profit/non-governmental database website. It primarily contains job listings in the United States, though there is an option to search for organizations that have an international focus and/or are located in other countries. There some job postings on this website that are not posted on Idealist.org.
Private Development Companies
While most development organizations are in non-profit sector there are a few for-profit development companies based in the United States. Often times, these companies provide consulting and project management services for local, regional, or national governments in developing countries. Chemonics International, Inc. and Development Alternatives, Inc. offer entry level positions designed for recent graduates.
United States Government Agencies
It must be noted that almost all jobs with the US government require American citizenship or, at least, permanent residency status.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID has a New Entry Professional position designed for recent graduates with limited experience in the field. Relocation to Washington DC is required for training before assignment.
- United States Department of State
- United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- Peace Corps
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- World Bank
- World Health Organization (WHO)
This list is small in comparison to the thousands of non-profit and non-governmental organizations that exist. Please use it as a starting point in the job search.
- Anmesty International
- Council on Foreign Relations
- Freedom From Hunger
- Friends of the Earth
- Global Exchange
- Heifer International
- Human Rights Watch
- Nature Conservancy
- Oxfam International
- Public Citizen
- Rainforest Action Network
- Rainforest Alliance
- Research Triangle Institute
- Transparency International
- World Resources Institute
- World Vision International
- World Wildlife Fund