Career Guide

Multilateral Sector

Multilateral organizations are tasked with responsibilities that no country can address alone. At agency secretariats, field offices, and related posts, professionals work in a wide range of fields, including human rights, international peace and security, trade, global health, translation and interpretation, science and environmental affairs, and public communications. Multilateral organizations employ people with diverse backgrounds who can collaborate across cultures to solve common problems using issue-specific expertise. Get Advice from an APSIA Career Director on Applying to Multilateral Organizations (video)

Pro Tip:

Gain practical experience in a multicultural political context by interning abroad with your national embassy, participating in simulation competitions (such as Model UN or Model NATO), or working in your local government’s international issues office.

Skill Sets & Experience

  • Understanding of policy processes

  • Functional expertise in areas such as: economics, sustainable development, peacebuilding, law, security, communications, or political risk management

  • Critical thinking

  • Foreign language proficiency

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

  • Overseas experience

  • Regional expertise