Careers at UN and International Organizations

On November 2nd, about 200 University of Illinois undergraduate and graduate students and staff had the opportunity to learn about career opportunities at the United Nations and International Organizations. John Eircson (Chief of Outreach Unit, Office of Human Resource Management at United Nations) presented on employment opportunities at the UN and provided students with an overview of the application and qualifications process. Peride Blind (Governance and Public Administration Officer, Department of Economics and Social Affairs at United Nations) shared her own career trajectory from research to working for the United Nations and gave students an insight into what a position at the U.N. might involve. A panel of University of Illinois alums working for international organizations, several of whom were FLAS fellows, shared their own work experiences and offered advice to students on how to explore international careers. The Panel included: Mac Steele (People & Culture Partner at Rotary International), Alexandra Lively (UN Delegate at OSMTH), Tamar Frolichstein-Appel (Sr. Employment Services Associate at Upwardly Global), Ping Li (Former UN Department of Management Intern/ Ph.D student in HRD), Lenore Matthew (Consultant at ILO Headquarters /Ph.D student in Social Work).  Organizations, including the United Nations, Rotary international, Upwardly Global, Peace Corps, University of Illinois Area Centers, AIESEC UIUC, and UNICEF UIUC also hosted resource tables and provided networking opportunities for students. The popular event was hosted by the Career Center and Area Studies Centers at the University of Illinois.

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