Could remote internships equalize opportunities?

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Remote internships could well benefit aspiring development professionals from diverse backgrounds, as well as employers. Photo by: Vojtech Okenka from Pexels

BARCELONA — Internships in the humanitarian and development sector have traditionally been based out of headquarters offices in development hubs such as New York, Washington, or Geneva. These are expensive places to live, and international students or young professionals unable to relocate often face obstacles in gaining hands-on experience with top development employers.

Atinuke Adigun, a final-year student from Nigeria who is currently completing an internship in Washington, told Devex how international students are often disadvantaged during the application process since they may require visa sponsorship. Additionally, students who attend universities located near government institutions and other development organizations can be at an advantage, Adigun said.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.