It takes a specific type of person to be a humanitarian aid worker. Spending three months in South Sudan, a couple of months in Afghanistan and then a quarter of a year in Nigeria. Most people wouldn’t dream of it, but as a compassionate humanitarian, it energizes you, giving you that motivation to keep doing what you do.It’s not that easy to become a humanitarian aid workerBut the NGO world remains one of the hardest sectors to get into. It takes a lot of skill and dedication to make a career out of it because there are a lot of outstanding people who want to do it. Here are five tips to send you on your way to becoming a humanitarian aid worker.1. Make hours as an unpaid internIt’s almost impossible to get your first job in the humanitarian world without some internship experience on your CV. Unpaid internships are the norm for NGOs, so as with many things in life, you first have to invest in yourself, before reaping the rewards.2. Get a master’s degreeIf you haven’t built up an extensive volunteer experience, then a master’s degree is a ‘must’ for the NGO world. The master’s degree doesn’t necessarily have to be focused entirely on a humanitarian crisis skill like nutrition, but you have to be able to put it to use in the field, either through study or dissertation.3. Bring a skill to the tableHaving particular skills like food security, finance or nursing can also be an efficient way to fast-track your entry to a humanitarian organization. Probably, you still need to have a master’s degree, but you will find there aren’t hordes of freshly graduated finance majors who want to work in a developing country.