• Yumena Nakagawa

Inside international organizations: field study in Paris, Geneva, and Tokyo

Interested in working for an international organization?

Do you dream of doing something big?

Then the Roles and Activities of International Organizations field study program is just for you! Here you can read our reporter’s experience in the spring 2019 program.

Field Study Overview

This year’s field study went from February 11 to 21, travelling to Paris, Geneva, and Tokyo. We visited 15 organizations, including:

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

The International Energy Agency

The United Nations Development Program

The Japan International Cooperation Agency

The United Nations

The United Nations University

The International Labor Organization

The United Nations Environment Program

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The United Nations Information Centers

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The World Bank

The World Health Organization

This field study is not just travelling abroad: it consists of preparatory classes, learning experiences with these organizations, and classes to wrap up the program back at APU.

What’s so special about this program? We’ll tell you five of its special points.

1. Meet like-minded friends

A specialized field study like this will gather people with similar interests, so you’ll be able to spend your time with like-minded students. You’ll be able to share your thoughts on classes, your experiences at APU, and your time on the program may even be the catalyst for future projects.

2. Learn directly from experienced professors

Professor Tomonori Sudo, who leads the field study, previously served with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The pre-program classes give you an opportunity to meet with Professor Sudo and learn more about what it’s really like to work at global organizations. You’ll be joined by Professor Xuepeng Qian, a specialist in environmental problems. Their calm exteriors mask a passion for international issues.

3. Learn How to Successfully Apply to International Organizations

This program will give you the opportunity to meet with officers in international organizations and learn what it takes to work for these global institutions. You will be able to ask them what each organization is looking for in a potential applicant, and may even be able to network with them.

4. See the Inner Workings of an International Organization

Not only will you learn what these organizations are looking for, you will discover what it’s like to actually work at a global organization on a daily basis. You’ll learn how officers deal with external stakeholders, what newcomers have to learn on the job, collaborating with coworkers, and get a sense of the atmosphere and structure of these organizations. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

5. Establish a career path

At a post-program class, participants will choose one organization and give a presentation on what is required to work at the chosen institution. This includes what activities they should be participating in at university, what to study at graduate school, and what industries or fields they should work in before working at their organization of choice. The whole point is to think more clearly about the future. Not only that, but the faculty advisors will give insight into how to successfully be a part of these international organizations in the future.

No one will be left behind

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), these organizations have the slogan: “No one will be left behind.”

You could be the future of these endeavors. The Roles and Activities of International Organizations field study is your opportunity to see these organizations from the inside.