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International Labor Organization, Bangkok

Summer 2013 Fellow: Thanh Dinh Nguyen

Faculty Mentors: Patrick Arnold and Don Emmerson

Office Description:

The International Labor Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights. ILO Bangkok has a tripartite structure that works with 1) governments 2) employer’s organizations and 3) worker’s organizations. Projects reflect the ILO’s work in all three areas. Fellows have had the opportunity to work with each type of ILO partner, and this is a rewarding experience because it has given them diverse experiences that showed them how these groups are working together.

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Projects Fellows Have Worked in the Past:

  • Fellow Worked with Employer’s Organizations and Worker’s Organizations in the Cambodian Tourism Industry to Combat Child Labor and Sexual Exploitation
  • A Review of National Policy to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children: Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • TICW Human Trafficking Project: fellow conducted research on the effects of a microfinance operation in Lao Village. Her contribution was an audit of a major component of the overall UN TICW Human Trafficking project.

Desired Personal Qualities:

  • Open-mindedness to international issues and experience and a strong sense of curiosity
  • Focused, hard worker capable of staying on track through extensive research projects
  • Particular interest in human trafficking issues is a major plus
  • Independent and self-motivated

Skills, Experience, and Coursework:

  • Experience working in a professional workplace
  • Past international experience is a plus
  • Coursework or a passion for issues relating to the UN, microfinance, and international development
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and proactively


All work done in English