Professional Development Resources

Helpful Books and Websites

Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange and Development, an excellent book on international careers, is co-authored by a ND alumnus.

The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas (with companion website). A massive international career guide with 3,045 career-building resources.

Idealist Careers offers extensive advice and resources to help you find, land and love your social impact career.

The Peace and Collaborative Development Network is a free professional networking site for members from around the world to foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, and social entrepreneurship.  It offers an extensive set of Resource Guides to jobs, internships, academic programs, funding, scholarships, networks, and research in conflict resolution and related fields. is the official website for the well-known book What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. The site offers many resources that focus on job-hunting and career advice. 

Resources by Type of Job


The International Studies Association lists open positions.

Conflict and Peace

Alliance for Peacebuilding has a comprehensive listing of job openings in the field. There is a fee for access to its job openings.

CRInfo lists some individual job openings and links to useful career resources. Click on "Jobs and Careers."

DM&E for Peace, a global community of practitioners, evaluators and academics, compiles job opportunities in the design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding programs

Peace and Justice Studies Association, a nonprofit organization of academics, teachers and activists in peace, conflict and justice studies, lists jobs on its resources page. The site also directs users to helpful search tip pages.

Scoville Peace Fellowships provides funding for college graduates to intern at non-profit, public interest organizations addressing peace and security issues in Washington, D.C.

Search for Common Ground works to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities in 34 countries.

SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, lists employment and internships opportunities especially in arms control and disarmament.

Environment and Sustainability lists "green" jobs around the world.

Sustainability Careers offers opportunities posted by Business for Social Responsibility and BSR member organizations​

Faith and Justice

The​ Ignatian Solidarity Network Job Board lists job and internship opportunities in the areas of faith, social justice, social service and Catholic/Jesuit education.


USA Jobs is the U.S. federal government jobs search engine. Search on particular terms to find relevant jobs (for U.S. citizens).

Human Rights

Business and Human Rights lists job postings in the for-profit and non-profit sectors that combine business with human rights.

Human Rights Jobs lists job and internship opportunities related to human rights throughout the world.

Human Rights Resource Center lists jobs and internships/fellowship opportunities as well as training for global and domestic human rights work.

Human Rights Internet lists current job and internship opportunities related to human rights throughout the world.

OneWorld Jobs lists job opportunities around the world in human rights, environment, and sustainable development.

International Affairs and Public Policy

On the Foreign Affairs Job Board, you can search jobs, internships, grants or fellowships in international affairs, or post a resume.

The Foreign Policy Job Board connects leading organizations, companies, and government agencies with candidates in international academic, economic, business, development, policy, and relations fields

Foreign Policy Association global jobs board lists jobs and internships involving international development, conflict and peace, foreign policy issues.

Current ND students can check the ND Career Center website for internship and full-time opportunities posted by the nearly 70 public policy organizations in Washington, D.C.

International Development

Aid Board features a list of international aid jobs at the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and non-profit groups.

Catholic Relief Services offers a list of employment opportunities searchable by location and department. 

Chemonics International, Inc. offers positions spanning five continents and all sectors of international development.

Directory of Development Organizations provides contact information for organizations by region worldwide.

Devex hosts "the world's leading global development jobs board," including more than 2,000 humanitarian, health and sustainability openings.

DevNetJobs posts international development jobs and consultancies, including opportunities in international NGOs, UN, funding, bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations, non-profits, charities, consultancies, and government institutions.

Eldis, maintained by the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (England) lists opportunities with organizations focused on economic development.

InterAction, an umbrella organization for international humanitarian and development organizations, lists jobs for its more than 160 members. InterAction also publishes Monday Developments, a bimonthly newsletter containing many job ads.

The Posner Center for International Development ​in Denver, Colorado hosts over 60 member organizations working in international development.

ReliefWeb, published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, lists hundreds of current humanitarian vacancies around the world.

Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations

Coalition of Human Needs posts job and internship opportunities at U.S. organizations working to address public policy and human needs.

Directory of Development Organizations gives links to and brief descriptions of organizations by region worldwide. offers an extensive listing of internships and job opportunities in the non-profit sector around the world. Free daily e-mails available.

Nonprofit Technology Network lists technology opportunities at organizations working for social change.

Philanthropy Careers is the job section of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, listing opportunities in fundraising, grant-making, and nonprofit management. Early Career Opportunities, a special section of the site, lists jobs that require less than three years of experience.  

ReWork sends personalized job alerts to your inbox from companies working on social, environmental, and cultural innovation, including areas such as human rights, urban development and poverty. 

USA Jobs is the U.S. federal government jobs search engine. Search on particular terms to find relevant jobs (for U.S. citizens).

United Nations and International Organizations

The United Nations Employment page offers general information about working for the UN. is the central UN site for employment and internships.  University students must be seniors to be eligible for internships (or in the summer before, with proof of enrollment in senior year).
The UN Young Professionals Program​me (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat. It consists of an entrance examination and professional development programmes once successful candidates start their career with the UN.   The YPP is open to applicants under age 32 from specific countries and fields of expertise identified each year.  Applicants complete preliminary forms on line and are invited to participate in the entry exam offered in December.  
The ​UN Volunteers Programme (UNV) offers UN experience, usually for usually for 6-12 months, to participants over 25 years old with at least 2 years' work experience.  Assignments are not normally advertised, but made from the Global Talent Pool of registrants, and while not salaried, provide a monthly allowance to cover expenses, travel costs and insurance.  Occasional Special Calls for Volunteers are advertised on the same page.
​The UNV online volunteering website can be a good way to build credentials. It connects​ online volunteers with UN organizations and NGOs. Online volunteers help with desktop research, translations, online teaching, technology development and web design​ and on completion receive a certificate for the work done.
The United Nations Secretariat Job HR Portal is the official human resources gateway for Secretariate positions. (Registration required.)
United Nations Development Program Jobs posts positions in civil society, governance, and related areas.  ​
The UNICEF jobs portal features full-time positions and short-term and consulting opportunities.​
​The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) offers a few fellowship programs targeting very specific groups.​
United Nations Jobs (not administered by the UN) lists opportunities throughout the world, including peacekeeping and other field positions.​