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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Jeremy Harkey

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Guest speaker Jeremey HarkeyJeremy Harkey spoke to students at the Josef Korbel School on January 29 about his career with the United Nations in the field of protection.  Jeremy worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, where he created and implemented systems which maximized the identification and resolution of protection problems.  While earning a master's degree in humanitarian affairs and human security, he focused his thesis on sexual violence in the contemporary armed conflict in Colombia. He recently moved to Denver, where he now consults on humanitarian research and policy.

Jeremy stressed that becoming a UN Volunteer or Junior Professional Officer is a great way to get a foot in the UN door (learn more at or However, he also noted that it's good to be flexible and look outside of the major organizations which everyone targets in their job search and to that good experience can be gained from US-based volunteer work. The key to getting those jobs and internships is to network including through informational interviews.