International Relations, Global Development, Human Rights

International Relations focuses on the relationships among governments, people, countries, and organizations. Positions include working in foreign service, policy, consulting, economic development, diplomacy, trade, security, and various other areas. International or global development is a multi-disciplinary field that focuses on building capacity and implementing long-term solutions to the problems of individuals, communities, or governments. Another broad and multidisciplinary field, human rights, is often defined as rights and freedoms inherent to all human beings, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been established as a roadmap to guarantee these rights.

Finding Internships

Use your time at school and during the summers to learn more about the field and build key skills. Keep in mind the importance of gaining regional and/or technical competence. Identify an organization whose mission you value, and check their website for opportunities, or be proactive and contact them. Organizations that arrange international opportunities are also plentiful. They typically charge a fee and provide a range of services that might include: placement with a host organization, orientation, housing, in-country support, housing assistance, and development training. Evaluate these organizations carefully to determine whether there’s a good match with the opportunity—as well as with the organization—and speak with several past participants about their experiences.

Lisette Leon, A.B., Government and Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights

Where are you located now?
New York, NY

What are you doing?
I am working as a legal assistant at Milbank in the Litigation Group and hoping to find volunteer spaces once I get my grounding in this new job.

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