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Diplomacy in Action

International Development and NGOs: Employment Options (MQ705)

This course is dedicated to informing eligible family members of the critical factors to consider when looking for employment opportunities in the field of international development and non-governmental organizations. The seminar includes presentations and panels tasked with explaining the structure, function, and network of international development organizations, NGOs and companies; as well as realistic avenues for internationally mobile spouse/partners to "break into" this sector.

Participant Feedback:

"As a complete novice to the subject matter, I believe that the course gave me specific and applicable information. The panelists in the morning session were particularly helpful because they were authentic as well as knowledgeable. I like the panel moderator concept because she kept the seminar on track, asked questions that everyone wanted the answers to and reinforced concepts of the day through her questioning. The goal activity was excellent."

"The topic itself is very interesting to me. You got away from the same old 'jobs in the US mission' advice and branched out to something that really matters to so many of us -- making a difference, following our unique paths, etc. You put it together very well too. Great job!"

"It is very difficult for Eligible Family Members (EFMs) to envision what their career life will be like while accompanying their Foreign Service Officer spouses and this was very uplifting and informative, it gave hope."

Course Dates and Times
19 November 2015      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
12 April 2016      9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This is a tuition-based course.
Tuition for non-State participants: $195

Virtual Resource Table

The following links and documents represent materials made available at the resource table during the class.

Budgets & Funding

Examples of Job Search Sites

Job Search Tools

Professional Development and Distance Learning

Development Workshops & Networking

Examples of International Development Organizations

Sample Impact & Success Stories

Recommended Reading


The information provided is FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the Department of State. Links to websites outside the U.S. federal government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names are for the convenience of the user and do not constitute an official endorsement or approval of any private sector website, product, service, or privacy policy.


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