Learn About International Development Careers

Materials via the CDC Library

  • The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas 
    Contains a section on NGOs & International Development and UN & International Government Organizations (IGOs)
  • Careers in International Affairs
  • Access Guide to International Affairs Internships: Washington, DC
  • So You Want to Join the Peace Corps
  • A Life Inspired: Tales for Peace Corps Service
  • The Great Adventure: Volunteer Stories of Life Overseas
  • How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas
  • World Affairs Council of Northern California
  • Research Centers (U.S. and Canada)

Online Resources

  • WWW Library: International Affairs Resources 
    By Elizabethtown College. List of links on topics such as development, internships, public health, policy, and regional topics
  • International Development Directory
    Searchable directory (by country) of international development organizations, government, private sector Institutions, development agencies, universities, research and training institutes, NGOs/PDOs, grant makers, banks, microfinance institutions, and development consulting firms
  • UN Department of Public Information NGO Directory
    Searchable database of NGO's by region and activity
  • BAIDO (Bay Area International Development Organizations)
    Good resources, articles, and links on international development and getting involved in the Bay Area
  • Idealist 
    This website lists a variety of non-profit jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities, as well as an extensive non-profit organization directory. Searchable by a variety of development issues and geographic locations.
  • WANGO: Worldwide NGO Directory
    The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) is an international organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well-being. Search the database by region, country, focus area, and keyword.
  • Human Rights Funders Directory
    Comprehensive listing of institutions working in the field of human rights. Over 10,000 entries.
  • United States Institute of Peace
    Links section has list of international research centers dealing with international relations, international organizations, and foreign ministry
  • National Institute of Research Advancement
    List of international relations think tanks and research centers all over the world
  • UN Systems
    Website that organizes UN agencies alphabetically and thematically

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Networking and Professional Organizations

  • CareerConnect
    Visit the Stanford Alumni Association's networking hub, CareerConnect. This online database can help you locate alumni who have volunteered to be information sources regarding their career field and employer.
  • Stanford Alumni Clubs and Email Lists
    The Washington DC and International clubs provide helpful networking opportunities
  • International Student Groups
    This link, from the Haas Center for Public Service, will connect you to a list of Stanford student groups such as Project Dosti, Stanford Association for International Development, and Volunteers in Latin America
  • World Affairs Council of Northern California
    The World Affairs Council was founded in 1947 out of the interest generated by the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945. The largest international affairs organization on the West Coast, hosting more than 200 events every year with leading political and business leaders, academics, journalists, and artists.
  • Foreign Policy Association
    The Foreign Policy Association (FPA), founded in 1918, is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. The FPA provides independent publications, programs, and forums to increase public awareness of, and foster popular participation in, matters relating to policy issues.
  • Women's Foreign Policy Group
    The Women’s Foreign Policy Group advances women’s leadership and highlights their contributions through international issues programs with women leaders as speakers and leadership development activities, including mentoring and internships
  • Peace and Collaborative Development Networking
    Visit the Stanford Alumni Association's networking hub, CareerConnect. Thisonline database can help you locate alumni who have volunteered to be information sources regarding their career field and employer.This is a free professional networking site to foster dialogue, connections, and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship, and related fields

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Job and Internship Listings

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