4 Ways to Know If International Development Is Right for You


International development, also known as global development, represents a field guided by long-term goals for economic and human development on the international level. Potential target employers range from multilateral institutions, multinational non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations, to think tanks, local grassroots NGOs and volunteer organizations. Recently, with corporate social responsibility gaining traction, business professionals across industries are also finding themselves engaged in development work.

International development is vast and you may want to identify a specific issue to focus on, a plus in a field with no clearly defined paths. “As a student, I received a Boren Fellowship through the National Security Education Program to study Portuguese and conduct research on youth and the media in Mozambique," shares Laura Jagla*, communications specialist at USAID. “Through this program, I became interested in communication around international development, because my research honed in on how youth communicate education and health information through different media channels to change culture norms." After identifying the area she was interested in, Jagla found a potential target employer. “I also participated in an internship with the Department of State in Rwanda, where I discovered that I was interested in the work of USAID."

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