Solveig Igesund - Higher Executive Officer for the International Programmes at the NCHR

Solveig Igesund especially enjoyed being in a small class with talented people from around the word as a valuable part of the programme.

Why did you choose this programme?

 

I have a background in comparative politics and development studies, and wanted to do something different for my master’s. Despite working within human rights as a volunteer for many years, I felt that I lacked the necessary legal perspective. I also wanted to study in an international environment and was attracted by the many interesting courses offered, as well as the possibility to do an internship.
 

Did you find the programme interesting (and why/why not)?

 
I am very satisfied with the programme. I especially enjoyed being in a small class with talented people from around the world. I also appreciated the focus on multidisciplinary research, the different teaching methods (oral debates, moot courts, briefing paper style examinations) and the breadth of the courses offered.
 

What is your actual job?

 
I work as a Higher Executive Officer for the International Programmes at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. My duties are threefold: I work as a project coordinator for the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion of Belief, I am the coordinator of the NCHR Introductory Course in Human Rights, which we organise each year for our international partners, and I work with research and dissemination – writing reports and making the International Programmes more visible on social media.
 

How do you use the knowledge you gained in your study, in your current job?

 
The knowledge that I gained during my studies is very helpful in my current job. The master’s programme provided me with a broad and timely overview of current human rights developments and debates, both of which are crucial when planning the content and curriculum of human rights courses and participating in strategic work on what the international programmes should focus on in the coming years.
 

What tip would you like to share with other students regarding career opportunities?

 
I have four tips: Learn a second language fluently; in addition to the internship programme you should also get involved in relevant voluntary organisations or NGOs alongside your studies; take advantage of the expertise existing at the NCHR; and finally – work hard and enjoy your studies.
 
 
 
 
Published Jan. 8, 2015 10:47 AM - Last modified Aug. 18, 2016 11:17 AM