Career Prospects

Theory and practice for a multifold career path

The MICAD programme conjugates theoretical knowledge and practical experience, so to give students a specific set of professional skills to successfully face the global job market, and to foster development cooperation with personal creativity competence:

  • Identifying local needs, valorizing partnering, bottom-up approaches.
  • Managing technical, financial and administrative aspects of cooperation initiatives.
  • Accompanying development actors and civil society in identifying resources and deciding upon their use.
  • Collaborating with national and international institutions within the policy framework of the country where projects are implemented.




A three months intership will facilitate the students's access to their professional career. 
Preparation to the internshipwill be supported by orietation meetings with the master's staff and by dedicated courses with experts in the HR sector. 

Some of the past intersnships of MICAD students took place in the following companies or institutions

Key facts 

Students who have completed the Master in International Cooperation and Development are now working in many different countries within various institutions and organizations, both national and international.
Around 80% of the graduates was employed within 6 months of the master (either in a new job or capitalizing the acquired competecens to boost the pre-master job).* Here below some key figures.

*survey conducted among 123 MICAD graduates from 2014 to 2019.


Here is where our MICAD Alumni found their first job after the Master. Lityerally all over the globe!


Where do our Alumni find their first job?

35% find their job in bodies strictly connected to International Cooperation (NGOs, migration, human rights, legal assistance etc). 
24% work in local and international institutions (EU/international agencies, diplomatic offices and public administration)
15% serve in research centers and think tanks or continue the academic career
16% find their first job in the private sector (banks, financial services, CSR)

Approaching international Agencies

Approaching international Agencies

Starting a career in international Organizations, such as the EU or the UN, is one of the targets of many students of the ASERI masters’ programs. How do they succeed?
Besides their specific competences, students approach their career path with a well-equipped toolkit, to cope with the fierce competition at international agencies.
Through full immersion plenary sessions and one-to-one CV check meetings, Dr Soraya Johaar, an experienced HR professional who served (among others) at UN and UNESCO, unveils the secrets to write a striking cover letter, an effective CV and to conduct a brilliant interview.

MICAD: Vincenzo's experience in Cote d'Ivoire


MICAD: Vincenzo's experience in Cote d'Ivoire

Combining theoretical skills and a practical approach for Cooperation and Development. This is the mission of the MICAD. A concrete example? The experience of Vincenzo Gangone, MICAD Alumnus 2020/21, during his internship in Ivory Coast with the NGO AVSI.
Read his story


What about participating (and organizing) the 77th UN General Assembly? Thrilling experience? 
That's what Francesca degli Agostini, MICAD 2021/22 student, did during her internship experience at the Coordination, Information and Press section at the Delegation of the European Union to the UN. 
Read the full story 

Arianna Boriani | Fondazione Italia Uganda


Arianna Boriani | Fondazione Italia Uganda

When we spoke to Arianna Boriani, she was about to leave to Uganda to complete her internship at Fondazione Italia Uganda, where she had already been working for two months from the Italian offices.

What were the reasons that made her choose the Master in International Cooperation and Development?
What was the added value of the MICAD?
Which the takeaways that she's applying now to her job?

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