Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.

 In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruising and Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.

Occupations related to this program

Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • International aid and development project officer
  • International development researcher
  • Foreign service officer (Commercial, diplomatic, aid or immigration stream)
  • Public policy analyst
  • Poverty researcher
  • Community organizer/social activist

Program officers unique to government

  • Foreign service officer
  • International aid and development project officer

Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants

  • Economic development officer
  • International development and assistance researcher
  • International development officer
  • International development representative

Senior government managers and officials

  • Director or Director General in federal government

Government managers economic analysis, policy development and program administration

  • International trade policy manager

Managers in social and community services

  • International program director cooperative

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

  • Discussion group leader post-secondary teaching assistance
  • Post-secondary research assistant
  • Post-secondary teaching assistant
  • Tutor post-secondary teaching assistant

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students program of studies. 

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Aga Khan Foundation Canada
  • Amnesty International
  • Canada's Coalition to End Global Poverty - CCIC
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education - CBIE
  • Canadian Heritage
  • CARE Canada
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • International Development Research Centre - IDRC
  • University of Ottawa
  • Canadian Crossroads International - CCI
  • Clarence Campeau Development Fund
  • Development and Peace
  • Foundation for International Development Assistance - FIDA
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Development and Relief Foundation - IDRF
  • Ontario Council for International Cooperation
  • Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation
  • Carrefour de solidarité internationale - CSI
  • Centre for International Studies and Cooperation - CECI
  • Centre for Research on Globalization
  • Centre international de solidarité ouvrière - CISO
  • Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvreté
  • Alberta Municipal Services Corporation - AMSC
  • British Columbia Public Service
  • Povnet
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • CARE International
  • Concern Worldwide
  • Global Witness
  • International Alert - IA
  • International Crisis Group - ICG
  • KIDS Worldwide
  • United Nations - UN
  • SOS Children's Villages
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • World Health Organization - WHO
  • Youth Challenge International
  • Aid to Artisans - ATA
  • American Council on Education - ACE
  • American Task Force on Palestine - ATFP
  • Coalition on Human Needs
  • Department of State
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Council of Europe
  • Council of the European Union
  • European Centre for Minority Issues - ECMI
  • European Institute
  • German Development Institute - DIE
  • Overseas Development Institute - ODI
  • Progressio
  • Transfair
  • Asian Human Rights Commission - AHRC
  • China Youth Development Foundation - CYDF
  • Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace - WISCOMP

Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.

  • Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale - AQOCI
  • Association Québécoise pour l'Avancement des Nations Unies - AQANU
  • Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Canadian Association for the Study of International Development - CASID
  • Canadian Association of African Studies - CAAS
  • Canadian Association of International Development Professionals
  • Canadian Committee of the Middle East Studies Association of North America
  • Canadian Council for International Cooperation
  • Canadian Council on Social Development
  • Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences - CFHSS
  • Canadian International Council
  • Canadian Society for International Health
  • Economic Developers Association of Canada
  • International Development Research Centre
  • Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens - ATTAC
  • International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology - IASSIST
  • Institute for International Research
  • International Development Association 
  • International Social Science Council - ISSC
  • International Studies Association - ISA
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Date modified: 2023-11-16