International development

Blog posts about careers in development. For more information please visit the development section of our website.

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    Guest blog by LSE Alumni Lewis Humphreys: Volunteering as an International Citizen Service Team Leader

Guest blog by LSE Alumni Lewis Humphreys: Volunteering as an International Citizen Service Team Leader

It was an hour into the king’s forty-ninth birthday party, and I’d just finished an interview for the local TV network when I decided volunteering overseas was probably my best life decision.

Over the next few months, I co-led an International Citizen Service (ICS) Livelihoods project in Enugu State in the south east of Nigeria. By the end of the […]

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5 top tips to make the most of the Volunteering Fair

The LSE Volunteering Fair is just the first of the many events the Volunteer Centre has organised for you all this Michaelmas Term. At the fair, you will have the chance to meet 50 of our partner charities, as well as us, and find out about all the opportunities available to you to volunteer on campus, in the local community […]

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    Development Studies is fun, but is there a job at the end of it?

Development Studies is fun, but is there a job at the end of it?

Guest blog by Dr Duncan Green, Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics and Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB.
Studying development is fascinating, but will there be jobs for students once they graduate? I chaired a careers panel for LSE students recently, where a variety of alums, now rising up the greasy poles of the aid industry, […]

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LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019 Nominations: Part One

The LSE Volunteer Centre has had a record breaking year for nominations for LSE Volunteer of the Year Award 2019, with 38 different students being put forward by charities, fellow LSE students and LSE members of staff. We’re incredibly proud to be home to so many committed, enthusiastic and passionate student volunteers. The winner will be announced at the […]

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    Guest Blog by Sean Chou: My volunteering experience working on modern slavery

Guest Blog by Sean Chou: My volunteering experience working on modern slavery

Last week we heard from Stella Sarmias about her experience campaigning against modern slavery and this week we’re hearing from Sean, a student from LSE History Department. Sean also worked with the Wonder Foundation through their SEE-ME Programme. Read on to hear about their experience..
The Wonder Foundation is a women’s empowerment charity with a special focus on development and education. […]

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    Guest Blog by Maddy Potter-Wood: Volunteering for LSE SU Refugee Week

Guest Blog by Maddy Potter-Wood: Volunteering for LSE SU Refugee Week

Next week LSESU are celebrating Refugee Week 2019, with the theme of “Uncertain Futures”. The week is organised by the Refugee Week Committee in conjunction with LSESU STAR (Student Action for Refugees), and it hosts a wide variety of events. Read on to find out more about what it’s like to volunteer on the committee, from Events Manager Maddy […]

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Ending orphanage volunteering: get involved

The LSE Volunteer Centre has been working with a number of dedicated partners, as part of ReThink Orphanages, over the past few years to end volunteering in orphanages. In 2016 we launched our pledge that we will never promote such opportunities at LSE and since then many other universities have joined us. We’ve been delighted with its success with many organisations since […]

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    Developing a CV for international development and communications

Developing a CV for international development and communications

Guest blog by alumnus Lee Bailey, MSc Development Studies 2012-2013 and Director of Communications at the Natural Resource Governance Institute.
I recently had the pleasure of returning to LSE to speak with a number of students about their interests in the international development space, as well as communications work. As the director of communications at a policy institute/NGO, I felt I had some […]

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    How to get a job with the International Committee of the Red Cross

How to get a job with the International Committee of the Red Cross

Working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was Matthew Clare’s “dream job”. Six years after completing his undergraduate degree, the 29-year-old from Lancashire managed to secure a role as an interpreter with the ICRC in Gaza. Has it met his expectations? And what advice would he give students looking to embark on a similar career?
Can you […]

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    Insider tips – how to get a job in International Development

Insider tips – how to get a job in International Development

International Development is a popular career area amongst LSE graduates. Here LSE alumnus Lee Bailey (MSc Development Studies 2013), who is Director of Communications at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, gives his tips on how to get started based on his experience in the sector:

1. Establish a Twitter footprint
Use this to reflect your international development interests and growing expertise. […]

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    Positioning yourself to ‘make the move’ from corporate to not-for-profit

Positioning yourself to ‘make the move’ from corporate to not-for-profit

While boundaries between sectors are becoming more blurred and moving between sectors increasingly common, making the move from the corporate to not-for-profit sector certainly throws up some of its own challenges. Here we share the wisdom of some panellists from a recent LSE Careers event discussing these career transitions to give you an insight into how to manage the […]

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    Insider tips – careers in international development think tanks

Insider tips – careers in international development think tanks

Guest blog by LSE alum Sejal Patel who studied MSc Environmental Economics and is now working at the Overseas Development Institute:
International development is a wide field, covering a range of topics, and there is no single route to follow into a career in the field. That is what makes this career so exciting and dynamic. You have the flexibility […]

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    Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

Before studying MSc Human Rights, Tianhui Gao studied UK and European human rights law at LSE as a general course student. Here she shares her experience of finding her passion post-graduation and how it’s helped to develop her career:
After my study of Human Rights at LSE, I had a difficult time – I had great passion to do something, […]

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10 tips for a career in international development

Interested in working in international development? It’s is a very broad sector encompassing a huge range of organisations and job roles and successful applicants need to be proactive, determined and flexible.

Hopefully these tips and ideas will help you as you navigate a pathway:
1. Know what you want to do
It’s important to be as clear as you can be about […]

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    5 ways to kickstart your career in International Development

5 ways to kickstart your career in International Development

Each year we run a series of panel events as part of the Discover International Development events programme, where professionals in the sector give a range of insights and advice.  We’ve picked out the five of the best ones for you here!
Don’t overlook non-academic skills
Panellists emphasise how useful it was to have project management skills. Project management doesn’t have […]

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Steps into International Development

Interested in working in international development? It’s a very broad sector encompassing a huge range of organisations and job roles and successful applicants need to be proactive, determined and flexible.

These tips and ideas will help you navigate a pathway:
1. Know what you want to do
It’s important to be as clear as you can be about the kind of […]

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    Universities have a duty to stop promoting orphanage volunteering

Universities have a duty to stop promoting orphanage volunteering

Blog by David Coles, LSE Volunteer Coordinator, trustee of KickStart Ghana, and a supporting member of the Better Volunteering, Better Care Network:

At LSE we’re incredibly passionate about volunteering and the role that students play in changing the world for the better. Our most recent research shows that almost 50% of our undergraduates volunteer during their time at LSE, something […]

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Working in a rights based field – alumni insights

LSE Careers recently hosted a human rights careers networking evening for the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Alumni talked about their roles and career paths but also shared their top tips for getting started. With many LSE alumni from across a range of programmes moving into what might be broadly classed a rights based field, we thought […]

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    A new era for Corporate Social Responsibility as we know it?

A new era for Corporate Social Responsibility as we know it?

In Lent Term we welcomed a range of Corporate Responsibility (CR) and sustainability specialists (including LSE alumni) onto campus to talk about their career paths, what their day-to-day jobs involve, and what the future holds for people interested in CR as a career.

Thanks to Isabella from Sancroft, Yogesh from TCS, Lisa from AIM, Stephanie from the JP Morgan Foundation, […]

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    Insider tips – working in international development consulting

Insider tips – working in international development consulting

Guest blog by Elizabeth Wells (MSc Conflict Studies, 2014) from Coffey International:

My background
As an undergraduate student studying International Relations, I was eager to find summer internships that were closely related to my degree and would provide me with relevant experience that could lead to a job immediately after university. However, to my disappointment, nearly all the internships that I […]

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