MBA to international development: Career transitions for business majors

A record of loans and repayments of a microfinance program in Ghana. The international development industry is in need of people with academic or professional backgrounds in business, finance, accounting and management. Photo by: Rachel Strohm / CC BY-ND

International development is about improving the lives of the world’s poor. It’s also a global industry with needs in the areas of business, finance, accounting and management — and ample opportunity for job seekers with a business degree.

Donors, NGOs and consultancies are looking for staff who can help them save, track or raise money. Key is that your skills are transferable, whether they are in fundraising, proposal writing, project management or banking.

About the author

  • Ingrid Ahlgren

    Ingrid is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. She worked as a staff writer for from 2007 to 2009, helping to write guidebooks, including the "Vault Guide to the Top Government and Nonprofit Employers." Before moving to New York, she was a researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C. Ingrid holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, she grew up all over the world.