Career Development

Career development

A number of required workshops, special events and social occasions are integrated into the programme, giving students insights into diverse work fields and prepare them for their further careers.

Academic and Professional knowledge and skills

The central objective of the MSc-IDS programme is to equip students with conceptual and empirical knowledge as well as research skills necessary in understanding and analysing contemporary issues pertaining to international development in broad geographical contexts (local, regional, and international levels).

Upon completion of the Master’s programme International Development Studies, you will have acquired theoretical, methodological, and practical competency useful for your career in further academic research, development policy, and practice sector as well as other work fields that require understanding of world affairs, international experiences as well as analytical, communication, and project implementation skills.

Even before you graduate from the programme, you will be able to become part of a large, international, vibrant, supportive, and simply fun ‘IDS alumni and friends’ network. Through regular face-to-face events (e.g. our annual Alumni Day) and an active web-based alumni network (, Facebook, LinkedIn etc.), members can learn about, keep up, and exchange useful information, knowlege and job opportunities in the ever-changing development-related professional fields.

Career support

An experienced staff with an extensive network

Utrecht University has been teaching development studies for more than four decades. We have a good reputation in this field and a very experienced staff. The IDS programme is embedded in an extensive network of partners and alumni working as development practitioners and policy advisors all over the world. We organise our internship programme through this network, and offer a wide range of research-oriented internships with local and international development organisations, the private sector, and research institutes in all macro regions.

Keep in touch

IDS at Utrecht University has its own alumni network: the International Development Studies Alumni Association (IDSAA). The website of IDSAA is the place to connect and share knowledge with IDS as well as with fellow students, graduates, and the wider IDS community. IDSAA’s mission is to help current students, former students and IDS affiliates connect with each other through a wealth of professional and social networking activities, including continuing education programmes and frequent events. Through the website, as well as Facebook, LinkedIn groups and a mailing list, we regularly provide interesting updates, events, vacancies, interviews with alumni and stories and pictures from the field. We also organise a yearly Alumni Day, guest lectures and an upcoming Alumni Mentor programme.

UU Career Support

UU Career Support offers training related to career orientation and job application skills; examples include writing an application letter and CV and conducting a job interview. You can find more information about career support on UU Career Support for Dutch students or UU Career Support for international students.

UU Careers Day

Once a year Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. The Careers Day offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. It’s also possible to join a job application training or have your resume checked.