Outcomes and Careers


International Development alumna helps set course for deaf education in Bhutan

Sarah Houge, '10, arrived in Bhutan in August 2013 at the perfect time of year. It was toward the end of the rainy monsoon season and the sky was blue, dotted with fast-moving puffy clouds. Houge considered herself lucky to be in this isolated country in the Eastern Himalaya Mountains. That is because Bhutan, a land-locked country approximately the size of Kansas, limits the amount of visitors admitted yearly. The country, which borders India and China, has a strict tourism policy, which only allows visitors as either guests of the government or through an approved travel program.
Bhutanese Classroom for Deaf Children
Houge was not in Bhutan for vacation; she was there to work. She graduated from Gallaudet in 2010 with an M.A. in international development and discovered a prime opportunity to apply her degree and her background in deaf education in Bhutan as one of the first deaf individuals to work as a consultant for United Nations Children's Fund (which is still known by the acronym UNICEF).  This once in a lifetime opportunity would soon make an impact on her life in many aspects.  Read the rest of the story Here

Jiayi Zhou's faceGraduate Jiayi Zhou (2012) participated in the People, Peace and Planet in 2030: Shaping Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Salzburg Seminar in Kyoto, Tokyo.  The seminar brought together an extraordinary pool of 28 emerging leaders from the worlds of business, public policy, academia and non-governmental organizations, along with expert speakers from across the world.  Not only did the Fellows gain the opportunity to discuss pertinent issues in-depth over plenary sessions, coffee breaks, meals and "nomunication" (Japanese for discussing weighty issues over drinks), they also learned a vital new skill in scenario building.

Images from Salzburg Global Seminar

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Zhou quote

International Development graduates have worked in a variety settings associated with the organizations below.

Jobs where ID students work

International Jobs and Career Resources

Vault Guide to International Development Careers
It is estimated that there are currently 90 million people working outside their country of birth. This Vault title guides you to major opportunities--from foreign service employees and corporate transfers to English teachers and entrepreneurs.

National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange at Mobility International
"A comprehensive one-stop resource for people with disabilities, exchange and disability staff interested in study, work, intern, volunteer, research or teach abroad programs."

Independent Living
Students can get abroad as part of exchange programs for vocational training or for cultural exchange, non-paying volunteer work, recruitment and career services

International Labour Organization (ILO)
A list of organizations.

Disability Mentoring Day
Promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through job shadowing and hands-on career exploration. With leadership, coordination and resource materials from AAPD, local communities around the country organize their own activities to bring students and employers together for informational sessions about career opportunities and one-on-one mentoring with volunteers at public and private places of employment."

This funding resource allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need.

An international education and experiential travel resource. Their directories contain over 25,000 opportunities abroad updated daily including study abroad, internships, volunteer opportunities, teach abroad, and language schools.

The Seeds of Sustenance Fellowship Program
The Seeds of Sustenance ( SOS ) Fellowship and Internship Programs provide unique opportunities for international development and public health professionals and graduate students to gain valuable international experience through their work as fellows/interns assigned to development organizations in sub-Saharan Africa or Southeast Asia . SOS fellows and interns help to improve the managerial and training capacity of participating Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in developing nations focused on providing community support and sustainable training programs to vulnerable populations in the following areas: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care, Nutrition, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention.

Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

Volunteers For Peace
Volunteers for Peace is a non-profit membership organization that offers placement in over 3000 volunteer projects in more than 100 countries. VFP also organizes 50-60 service projects in the United States each year. We exchange volunteers with our international partners, who organize the projects taking place in their own countries.

Strategic Networking Assistance Program
US Department of State invite you to use our SNAP Job Search Assistance web tool as part of your research. Click on “Advanced US & Worldwide Search” for an indication of the companies (and the types of positions) looking to hire people in a given region/country.

Overseas Digest
"Overseas Digest, one of the original websites serving American expatriates, has been online and published from Kuwait City since 1997.

Transitions Abroad
For over 30 years, the single most useful and comprehensive resource—THE Web portal—for Work Abroad, Study Abroad, Cultural Travel Overseas, and International Living.

A site that lists employment opportunities in international development

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Action Without Borders
An organization connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. AWB is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.

An independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. They have a web page of employment opportunities.

Interested in going abroad?  Here are resources to help get you there.

Giese, F. (Ed.). Alternatives to the Peace Corps. (12 ed.). Oakland: Food First Books.

Miller, C. & Vault. (2009). Vault guide to international development careers: The inside scoop on jobs in international development. New York: Vault.com.

Collins, J., DeZerega, S., & Hechscher, Z. (2002).  How to live your dream of volunteering overseas. New York: Penguin Books.


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