Humanitarian relief for career starters

Displaced people gather in May 2008 in Agok, Sudan, after fleeing fighting between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement. The United Nations warned at the time that the worsening humanitarian situation in Abyei could affect aid operations. Photo by: Tim McKulka/U.N. Mission in Sudan

Experience is an essential element for a career in humanitarian relief. With the life-threatening situations that characterize the sector, passion alone just won’t cut it.

Relief professionals generally get started with an internship, fellowship or volunteer position within the nonprofit sector. While these opportunities may not rake in the bucks, they do provide the essential skills and experience necessary to get one’s feet firmly through the door.

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