MBAs Without Borders: Have Degree, Will Travel

Dozens of MBAs seeking short-term international work assignments have found jobs through MBAs Without Borders. The program, which started in 2005, is now run by the nonprofit, Washington-based PYXERA Global, which advises clients on economic development opportunities in emerging markets. PYXERA Global uses MBAs Without Borders to find temporary talent for the overseas initiatives of clients that include small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and at times, local governments.

Historically, PYXERA Global has placed 10 to 15 MBAs on projects each year and it expects to ramp up to 20 placements in 2013. The MBAs come from top business schools, including those at ColumbiaGeorgetownDartmouth, and Duke. The projects don’t pay salaries, but all provide a living stipend and cover an MBA’s cost of travel and housing. Occasionally, clients offer the candidates full-time employment. Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Erin Zlomek spoke with MWB director Jailan Adly about what candidates should know before they apply. What follows is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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