Network your way into the UN

Alejandro Daniel Wolff, deputy permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations, met ENOUGH Project co-founder John Prendergast ahead of the meeting on peace and security in Darfur in June 2008. Events like this provide a venue for networking among international development players. Photo by: Mark Garten / UN

Networking is a valuable skill to acquire for anyone desiring a career in international development. This is particularly true for job applicants to the United Nations.

Jasmina Popin, a consultant for the U.N. Industrial Development Organization, began her career with the U.N. in 2007. She was accepted in a three-month internship at the U.N. Development Program’s office in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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    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.