Landing a Job in International Development

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Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Thursday, May 2, 2013
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
The NonProfit Center
89 South Street
Suite 700
Boston, MA
Event type

Event Description

International Development is a growing and exciting field to start a fruitful and fulfilling career. But how do you break into the field? Whether experienced or a newcomer to the field, the FPA International Development Global Career Boot Camp can help you launch a career with a global reach.  

In this course you will learn:

What is employment in International Development (ID) is really all about.

What it is like to work in ID.

What ID organizations are hiring and how to contact them.

How to properly analyze an ID job posting.

How to write a proper resume for a position in ID, including advanced key word searches techniques.

About the “ID Hiring Manager’s Triangle.”


Who should attend?

Undergraduate and Graduate students considering or preparing for a career in international development.

Young professionals breaking into a career in international development.

Mid-career professionals looking to transition into a career in international development.


All Attendees Receive:

The Foreign Policy Association International Development Course Tool Book.

Enrollment in the Foreign Policy Association Global Jobs email alerts.

A complementary six-month digital subscription to Foreign Affairs Magazine.

Light refreshments during a networking break.


For those unable to attend any of our Global Career Boot Camps, the course specific Tool Book for each Boot Camp can be purchased for $30 on the registration page. This will include the material covered at the event, from resume writing to field-specific advice. To purchase a Tool Book for any event, purchase the “Tool Book” ticket on that Boot Camp’s Eventbrite listing. You will receive a link to the downloadable Tool Book (PDF) via email within 48 hours of your registration.


This Global Career Boot Camp is sponsored by SocialVents and the Boston Network for International Development.

Event Speakers

    • Patrick Shields - Instructor
      Executive Director and CFO - Global Recruitment Specialists

      Patrick Shields is the Executive Director and CFO of Global Recruitment Specialists. An accomplished recruiter and manager with demonstrated operational ability to administer human resource services to decentralized worldwide offices, he has recognized expertise in high volume, multinational, hands-on recruiting and staffing.

      Patrick was the Manager of Recruitment & Staffing with CARE International in New York City for seven years, the Director of Admissions of Saint Joseph's College in Brooklyn New York, a Recruiter with the Peace Corps in New York City, and a water and sanitation Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya in the early 1980s. Patrick has lived in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Patrick is based in Connecticut. 

    • Patrick Shields
    • Shaun Paul - Guest Speaker
      Managing Partner, People and Planet Holdings

      Shaun Paul began his career in international development with study abroad in Latin America, an internship in Senator Edward Kennedy’s Foreign Policy Office and his first full-time position following his undergraduate studies at the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service.  

      He is the Founder of EcoLogic Development Fund, an international non-profit organization, where he was the Executive Director for nearly 20 years and responsible for providing seed stage grants and technical assistance for community environmental and social enterprises, and Pico Bonito Forests LLC devoted to commercial tropical reforestation. He also led the incubation of Root Capital that has lent over US$430 million since 1999 to small and growing businesses in Latin America and Africa. 

      He has over 20 years of experience in Latin American economic development, environmental protection, and natural resource management with extensive networks among US donors and social investors.  Shaun Paul is currently launching a private equity fund, People and Planet Holdings, together with Good Capital offering 'whole earth returns' by growing companies in the food, forestry and renewable energy sectors offering blended value investments that protect and restore nature, affirm traditional cultures while creating economic opportunities for traditionally marginalized populations.  


    • Shaun Paul