On November 8, Villanova University hosted “Careers in International Development Day” for students interested in the exciting, multi-faceted field of international development and humanitarian assistance. The program provided students with information on the education, skills and experience needed to enter this competitive field. The field itself has been changing and expanding rapidly and includes new sectors, players, approaches, challenges and opportunities unimagined a decade ago. It encompasses impact investing, global health, government foreign service, microfinance, foundations, entrepreneurship, geospatial technology and other sectors.
Patricia McIlreavy, vice president of InterAction, an alliance of more than 180 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), delivered the opening address and discussed the challenges facing tomorrow’s humanitarians. The opening address was followed by breakout roundtables focusing on career paths with professionals in a variety of fields and disciplines.
In addition to the roundtables and opening address, students had the opportunity to visit a market-style resource area with information about Villanova curricular and extra-curricular offerings, post-baccalaureate overseas volunteer opportunities, and graduate international studies programs.
The program was sponsored by the Moran Center for Global Leadership, Villanova University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services, College of Nursing Center for Global & Public Health, the Career Center, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office for Mission and Ministry, and Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education.