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

Africa Mission  - Uganda; Com.It.Es. di Varsavia - Poland; Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations - USA; DIME  (Dialogo Intercultural Mexicano) - Mexico; E4IMPACT - Italy; ETIV do Brazil - Brazil; Farsi prossimo - Italy
Fondazione Italia-Uganda - Italy and Uganda; GIZ Germany - Germany; Institute of Common Good - Mexico; SEED Madagascar - Madagascar; St. Andrew's Refugee Services (STARS) - Egypt; Terre des Hommes - Italy; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - USA; World Food Programme (WFP) - Italy; Associazione Don Bosco 2000 - Italy; CIAC - Italy; COE - Italy; Cordeel - Belgium; Dr Sonrisa - Mexico; E4Impact - Italy; Endelea – Italy and Tanzania; FUNDAP - Guatemala; ITSTIME - Italy; Medici per l'Africa CUAMM - Italy; Progetto Ventimiglia Weworld – Italy; PSCORE – South Corea; Rainforest Alliance - Netherlands; Sofia Development Association - Bulgaria; TATU project – Tanzania; Terre des Hommes - Italy; UN Environment Programme, Latin America and the Caribbean Office – Panama; Weworld –Italy; Agenzia Scalabriniana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo –  Italy; Amnesty International - New York, USA; Arizona State University - Arizona, USA; Ashoka - Budapest, Romania; Assembly of European Regions – Belgium; CBM –  Italy; Consolato di Turchia a Milano  - Italy; Consolato generale dell'Ecuador a Milano  - Italy; Global Hope Network International - Switzerland; Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre – Spain; International Bureau of Education, UNESCO -  Switzerland; Intersos –  Italy; Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana-  Equador; OPES LCEF – Italy; People For Change Foundation  - Malta; Perigeo –  Italy; Realmonte onlus Milano – Italy; The Palestinian Medical Relief Society - Palestine; UNHCR - Colombia; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime -  Myanmar; WHO - Egypt.

Getting ready for the job market

Preparation is 90% of success. 
MICAD provides comprehensive preparatory support for your future career as a professional of Inernational Cooperation in NGOs, International Agencies, research centers or in the private sector. 
In addition to the academic knowledge and skills specific to the course of study, HR professionals and experts will work alongside the Master's staff to help you build your career path.  

Assessing strengths and weaknesses

Assessing strengths and weaknesses

Thanks to the partnership with AEGIS Human Consulting Group, duringthe  MICAD you will be able to assess your potential and the aspects of your personal and professional development that need to be improved. 
Through plenary sessions and dedicated one-to-one meetings, you will be able to enter the job market with all the right cards to start your future career with drive and success.

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.

Arianna Biguzzi


Combining one's passion with a high-level education such as the Master in International Cooperation and Development. Here is the story of Arianna Biguzzi and her internship at WeWorld Onlus.

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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 

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)

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