The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) is pleased to announce that Ghent University has launched this year’s call for two PhD Scholarships for research at UNU-CRIS.


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Organization: The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), established in 2001, is one of the research and training institutes of the United Nations University (UNU) network. UNU is the academic arm of the United Nations, headquartered in Tokyo. The network consists of 16 institutes and programmes worldwide, engaging in research and capacity development in order to support the universal goals of the UN. Through UNU, leading scholars from around the world are brought together to generate innovative and policy relevant knowledge, contributing to a brighter future. The specific mission of UNU-CRIS is to foster a better understanding of the processes of regional integration and cooperation and their implications in a changing world order. UNU-CRIS specialises in the comparative study of regional integration, monitoring and assessing regional integration worldwide and in the study of interactions between regional organisations and global institutions. As of October 2016, UNU-CRIS is cooperating with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University. UNU-CRIS acts as a think tank for the UN, with particular links to the UN bodies dealing with regional integration, and works in partnership with institutes and initiatives throughout the world that are concerned with issues of integration and cooperation.


Duty Station: Bruges, Belgium


Open To: Graduates


Timeframe: 2018/10/01


Deadline: 2018/05/03


Job description: Ghent University has launched thecall for two PhD Scholarships for research at UNU-CRIS. If you are interested in doing research on subjects relevant to UNU-CRIS and would like to answer to this call, you have to find a supervisor at Ghent University, who is willing to supervise your PhD project. The scholarships are initially awarded for 2 years. After an intermediate evaluation, a second term of maximum 2 years can be granted. The aim is to obtain a doctoral degree within a time span of 4 years. Keep in mind that these scholarships are very competitive and that we are looking for outstanding proposals and excellent study results. Candidates from outside the EU will, in addition, have to verify if their diplomas and certificates are recognised as valid by the Belgian authorities. UNU-CRIS welcomes in particular proposals that fit one of its research programmes, but other proposals that relate to the UN and its goals could also be considered. UNU-CRIS will be happy to assist candidates with realistic chances for a scholarship in contacting potential PhD supervisors at Ghent University and to discuss suggestions for research proposals.


Qualifications: No restrictions on nationality or age. Only for candidates with excellent study results during the entire study career.


Wage/Fees: The amount of the scholarship is approximately € 2.070 per month, depending on the family status of the scholar. Based on the advice of the Research Council, a bench fee of € 7.440 (€ 310/month) will be awarded to the supervisor per term of 2 years.


Application process: For all information about the application procedure and all the application forms refer to Ghent University PhD Scholarship. To apply for a doctoral scholarship with the UNU-CRIS label, your project proposal will need to be supported by an official statement by the Director of UNU-CRIS, Prof. Madeleine Hosli.


Useful links:

Link to the scholarship

United Nation University Website


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UNAIDS is looking for interns depending on the office. Apply now!


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Organization: UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Since the first cases of HIV were reported more than 35 years ago, 78 million people have become infected with HIV and 35 million have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Since it started operations in 1996, UNAIDS has led and inspired global, regional, national and local leadership, innovation and partnership to ultimately consign HIV to history.

UNAIDS is a problem-solver. It places people living with HIV and people affected by the virus at the decision-making table and at the centre of designing, delivering and monitoring the AIDS response. It charts paths for countries and communities to get on the Fast-Track to ending AIDS and is a bold advocate for addressing the legal and policy barriers to the AIDS response. UNAIDS provides the strategic direction, advocacy, coordination and technical support needed to catalyse and connect leadership from governments, the private sector and communities to deliver life-saving HIV services. Without UNAIDS, there would be no strategic vision for the AIDS response. UNAIDS generates strategic information and analysis that increases the understanding of the state of the AIDS epidemic and progress made at the local, national, regional and global levels. It leads the world’s most extensive data collection on HIV epidemiology, programme coverage and finance and publishes the most authoritative and up-to-date information on the HIV epidemic—vital for an effective AIDS response. UNAIDS produces data for impact—no major report, speech or policy initiative on HIV has been launched or made without referring to data collected and released by UNAIDS.

The UNAIDS Secretariat has offices in 70 countries, with 70% of its staff based in the field, and has a budget of US$ 140 million for 2018.


Duty Station:  Multiple


Open To: Candidates who meet the requirements


Timeframe:  6 weeks to 6 Months, it depends on the need of the Office


Deadline: 31 of March 2018


Job description: UNAIDS is looking for interns to be provided by the respective Supervisor and reflected in the Terms of Reference for the internship.



- Candidates for internships at UNAIDS must be engaged in a course of post-secondary studies leading to a formal qualification in an approved university programme at the under-graduate or post-graduate level

- Ability to work effectively in teams, adapt and integrate easily with the team, work cooperatively in support of team objectives

- Ability to convey ideas and thoughts in a clear and convincing way in one-on-one discussions or groups presentations and ability to produce clear correspondence and written reports

- Ability to effectively apply their knowledge and skills to the job, and to consistently learn and improve performance

- Ability to show initiative and enthusiasm in their work, effectively organize and manage time, and deliver high-quality results in line with agreed objectives

- Ability to innovate and find new ways of working and improving results while maintaining a strong service orientation

- Ability to take ownership of assigned responsibilities, to be productive, fulfill commitments and use resources responsibly


Wage:  UNAIDS will provide accident insurance coverage only


Application process: Please visit UNAIDS's e-Recruitment website (see in the intenship link), register and apply. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Useful links:




Contact information:

20, Avenue Appia

CH-1211 Geneva 27


Telephone: +41 22 791 36 66

Fax: +41 22 791 4187

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The UN Global Compact offers internship opportunities in its New York office.


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Organization: The United Nations Global Compact is a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. The UN Global Compact is a principle-based framework for businesses, stating ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Under the Global Compact, companies are brought together with UN agencies, labour groups and civil society. Cities can join the Global Compact through the Cities Programme.

The UN Global Compact is the world's largest corporate sustainability (a.k.a. corporate social responsibility) initiative with 13000 corporate participants and other stakeholders over 170 countries with two objectives: "Mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world" and "Catalyse actions in support of broader UN goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)". Moving forward, The UN Global Compact and its signatories are deeply invested and enthusiastic about supporting work towards the SDGs.

The UN Global Compact was announced by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in an address to the World Economic Forum on 31 January 1999, and was officially launched at UN Headquarters in New York on 26 July 2000. The Global Compact Office works on the basis of a mandate set out by the UN General Assembly as an organization that "promotes responsible business practices and UN values among the global business community and the UN System."

Duty Station: New York


Open To: All candidates that meet the requirements


When: From August to November or from January to May


Deadline: 30/04/2018


Job description: Depending on their level of experience and training, UN Global Compact interns will:

 - conduct research relating to the topic of corporate citizenship, especially on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption

- draft and edit publications, papers and other documents

- liaise with Global Compact stakeholders on key corporate citizenship topics

- support the organization of meetings and events

- assist with outreach activities

- handle email and other inquiries

- assist in the implementation of the Global Compact’s integrity measures

- perform administrative tasks as assigned


Qualifications: The ideal applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme (bachelors or second university degree, or higher) at the time of application and during the internship;

Under some circumstances, applicants may have graduated within less than one year to commence a UN internship.

Here it is possible to learn more about the eligibility criteria for internships with UN headquarters 

Wage: not specified


Application process: Those interested in pursuing an internship with the UN Global Compact must submit an online application at the UN Careers website.

The Global Compact Internship Job Opening Number is 89920. Candidates are strongly recommended to pay attention to the job opening number to make sure that their applications reach the UN Global Compact Office.


Useful links:

Link to the offer

Global Compact Homepage

Contact information:

UN Global Compact contacts


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Apply as a young Duty Officer and make your way into an international career!


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Organization/Company: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - is the main organization in the world committed to saving human lives, protect the rights of millions of refugees, displaced or stateless people, and to constructing a better future for them, as shown by UNHCR Charter.

The organization works in 127 countries all over the world and takes care of more than 60 million people. UNHCR’s mandate is to guide and coordinate refugees’ protection and to take action in order to grant them their welfare.

The Agency works to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to asylum and be accomodated safely in another State.

Along with governments, UNHCR helps refugees get back home or find a safe accomodation in the State they found refuge.

The Agency is constantly looking for highly-talented and compassionate candidates to strengthen their ability to quickly respond to crisis with the right competences. Given the nature of UNHCR’s work, it is essential that its workforce possesses the right mix of ability and quality to fulfill the mandate.


Duty Station: Several locations


Open To: Everyone with an advanced degree in Law, Journalism, International Relations, Economics, Business Management, Social Sciences or relevant sectors


Timeframe: Not mentioned


Deadline: 29 June 2018


Job description: UNHCR's Division of External Relations is looking for talented interns to join their team. Typical functions may include:

- Keeping track on the activities development to prepare appropriate reports, briefings and information notes, and other documentation as requested

- Liaising with all Units in order to collect accurate data on refugees and assistance activities

- Strengthening and analysing implementation programme’s data and indicators (e.g. nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene) to facilitate the preparation of periodic reports

- Working closely with the information management staff and GIS, as requested, to ensure presentation, charts and effective data maps

- Preparing and sharing reports of coordinating briefing

- Preparing requested information on UNHCR’s activities for missions and visitors

- Helping in providing visibility to UNHCR Government’s contributions

- Drafting and controlling reports

- Draft reports and financial reports about subsidies, in accordance with donors’ specific requirements


Qualifications: General for all levels:

- Demonstrated editing and drafting skills in English, or the official language of the Office you are going to work for

- Detailed knowledge of UNHCR’s operational activities, assistance and protection programmes, financing needs and strategic priorities

- Comprehension of the challenges of field operations, projects implementation’s problems and trading restrictions with local authorities and third parts

- Familiarity with UNHCR’s budget structure and tracking qualifications of relevant donors

- Experience in fundraising, programme management or external relations with UNHCR or another UN Agency could be an asset

- Excellent communication skills with strong interpersonal and negotiating capacities

- Excellent command of English, and of another one of the UN languages (written, oral, comprehension) and highly-developed editing skills

- Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint are essential)

For P2 positions:

- Advanced degree in Law, Journalism, International Relations, Economics, Business Management, Social Sciences or relevant sectors

- A minimum of 2-year working experience (3 years for Bachelors) in external affairs, relations with donors, political defence and programming, in humanitarian activities and protection

- Excellent command of English

For P3 positions:

- Advanced university diploma in Journalism, Jurisprudence, International Relations, Economics, Business Management, Social Sciences or relevant sectors

- A minimum of 5 years of working experience (6 years for Bachelors) in external affairs, relations with donors, political defence and programming, in humanitarian activities and protection

- Excellent command of English


Wage/Fees: Not mentioned


Application process: You can apply here.


Useful links:

Link to the offer

UNHCR website

UNHCR Careers


Contact information:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Via A. Caroncini, 19

00197 Rome

Tel: +39 06 802121

Hotline: 800.298.000



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The United Nations were founded on October 24th, 1945 by 51 Countries committed to preserving collective peace and security thanks to international cooperation, and they are strongly determined to thwart any kind of conflict. Today the UN is currently made up of 193 Member States.

According to its charter, the UN Security Council is committed to maintaining international peace and security, and it can be convened at any time, whenever the peace is threatened. The UN Security Council is made up of 15 members: 5 of them are permanent - China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States of America; the remaining 10 are appointed for a two-year period mandate by the Assembly. According to the UN charter, all of the Member States are obliged to respect every Council’s decision; said decisions require a majority of at least nine votes to be approved. No decision can be made if a Permanent Member votes against it. Besides Permanent Members, the Council provides for the participation of 10 non-permanent Members that are elected on behalf of the UN State Members. The 10 non-permanent Members are elected with a two-year term of office. UN Security Council’s presidency is held for a month by each Member, in alphabetical order according to the English names of the Countries.

After 9 years, Italy took over the Presidency of The Council on November, 2017.

Italy became a UN member on December 14th, 1955. Over the years, Italy concurred with determination to the elaboration of the General Assembly and Security Council’s Resolutions, that gave life to major innovations in terms of international regulations. Campaigns in favour of the moratorium of the death penalty; the promotion of gender equality and women and children’s rights; battles against every kind of religious discrimination and in favour of freedom of thought - these are some of the issued that involved our country. Italy has also shared its responsibility arising from collective security, already fulfilling a consecutive six-time role of non-permanent member of UN Security Council,  and participating in peace operations; on November 1st began Italy’s presidency of the UN Security Council.

The Italian Presidency agenda is particularly tight. Amongst the most important appointments, Libya’s briefing (November 16th) and the security challenges briefing in the Mediterranean  (November 17th) will be chaired by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of International Cooperation Angelino Alfano and will be attended by General Secretary Guterres and ONU Special Representative for Libya, Salamè.

Italy founded its candidacy on the given contribute, and is able to continue to offering to the international community: its mass media communication; conflict prevention activities and promotion of dialogue as a main instrument to their resolution; commitment in UN’s peace operations; knowledge of the Mediterranean Sea and its dynamics, given the international importance; human rights, fundamental freedoms and Rule of Law’s promotion.

On 30 November, there will be a briefing on the "Destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict", one of the main themes of the Italian mandate. There will also be numerous other events dealt with in November in accordance with the frequency established by the Council. They mainly involve updates on a number of situations in the following countries: The Central African Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Sudan/Darfur, Libya, Burundi, Syria (regarding three different fronts: chemical weapons, humanitarian and political matters), the Middle East, as well as discussions on sanctions against North Korea.

Italy will be a non-permanent member throughout 2017, while in 2018 it will be replaced by the Netherlands: the two countries made agreements on dividing the 2017-2018 term, given the equal footing reached in June 2016 elections.


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United Natons Information Center is looking for an intern for its headquarter in Washington D.C.

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Organization: Established in 1946, the UN Information Center is responsible for US/UN issues and serves as a liaison to Congress, the US government and foundations in Washington as well as to the media, academic institutions and public across the United States. The Center includes a small reference library that houses official UN documents as well as other materials published by the United Nations. The office also supports high-level visitors from headquarters and field offices around the world. UNIC’s internship program presents an enormous opportunity for college students and post-graduates seeking a challenging work experience in international relations.


Duty station: Washington


Deadline: Summer Semester – March 19

Fall Semester – July 16

Spring Semester – October 31


Description: UNIC - United Nations Information Center - interns have a broad range of responsibilities that include everything from representing the office at Washington events to fielding public inquiries. As part of the program, interns attend Capitol Hill hearings and NGO/think tank briefings on a variety of international subjects and report back to the office and UN headquarters on what was said. UNIC works with each intern to enable him/her to attend meetings on topics of particular interest. Another facet of the internship program involves monitoring international and regional news and keeping UNIC abreast of important UN-related developments. In addition to these primary responsibilities, interns are responsible for assisting with UN events, outreach and public inquiries. They are also given the opportunity to assist with visits of UN officials and conduct research for UN staff and projects. Likewise, interns are expected to assist with some administrative duties and contribute to the day-to-day functioning of the office.


Requirements: Intern selection is highly competitive.Preference will be given to students in their senior year of college or graduate school, with major area of study in international relations, political science, communications or related field. Students should demonstrate excellent language, research and writing skills. Past experience in a professional office environment is an asset. Knowledge of Microsoft office is required. Preference is given to students who can work full-time with a minimum of 3 days per week required.

Strong candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of the United Nations system, the U.S. Government, Washington think tanks and media. They will also have previous international experience and strong interest in the UN and its focus areas. He/She will have a professional demeanor and the ability to work in busy office with changing priorities and minimal supervision.


Wage: not specified


Application process: Please send a cover letter with start/end date and hours per week available, a résumé, three reference letters (letters under separate cover are preferred) and a writing sample to the address below. The writing sample should be 2-4 pages and demonstrate an ability to put complex ideas into clear concise language.

E-mail application to: internship@unic(dot)org. Please put “UNIC Internship” in the subject line.

or mail to:

Intern Coordinator

United Nations Information Center

1775 K Street, N.W., Suite 500

Washington, DC 20006


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The United Nations Volunteers Programme offers incredible opportunities in various and different fields


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Organization/Company: The United Nations (or UN)  is an intergovernmental organization established in 1945 by 51 Member States. Nowadays the UN is formed by 192 Nations. The UN works on four main functions: keep the international peace and security; develop friendly relations among Nations; cooperate in the solving of global problems and in the promoting of human rights; represent  a center for several national initiatives. UN is structured in several agencies and organizations aimed to support development, human rights, health all over the world with a particular attention to conflits areas and peace-keeping operations. 


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is a program which aim to spread peace and development all around the world through volunteerism. Online Volunteering, by using any device, helps the volunteers to find and address all the problems related to human exploitation, hunger and wars


Duty Station:  Various Countries and remotely


Open To: Everyone who fulfils the qualifications


Timeframe: Every offer has a different timeframe


Deadline: Open


Job description: The UNV Online Volunteering service connects organizations working for the Sustainable Development Goals with volunteers eager to contribute to global progress using their time and skills online

The sectors are:

- Translation

- Writing and editing

- Art and design

- Technology development

- Project development and management

- Research

- Teaching and training

- Leadership & strategy

- Outreach and advocacy

- Community organizing

- Event organization

- Volunteer Management

Every sector ha different duties


It’s important to have:

- Access to the Internet and the right tools. You’ll need reliable Internet access, as well as regular access to a communication device, such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer

- Time. Decide how much time you can realistically devote to your online volunteering activities. Once you select a daily or weekly time range, you’ll be counted on to honour your commitment

- Availability. You’ll need to make yourself available for any teleconferences, meetings or check-ins required by the organization for which you’re volunteering


Qualifications:  Every sector require different qualifications


Wage/Fees:  Not specified


Application process:

-  Register as a volunteer with the UNV Online Volunteering service

- Once registered, you can start searching for opportunities right away. Apply for all those that interest you

- The organization offering the volunteer opportunity makes its selection from among the applicants. If you’re selected, congratulations – start making a difference right away

- Once you’ve completed your assignment, submit a feedback form telling about your experience. You’ll need this in order to receive…

- …your well-earned certificate of appreciation from the organization with which you volunteered, acknowledging your hard work and achievements


Useful links: You can find all the Job offers and all the information here


Contact information:

Online Volunteering service

United Nations Volunteers

Postfach 260 111

D-53153 Bonn


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UNDP internships offer a small group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work. Apply now!


Organization: UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. It helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results  


Duty Station: UNDP country office/regional center or at the organization's Headquarters in New York


Open to: Graduate students


Timeframe: Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year


Deadline: If present, specified for each internship assignment


Job description: The internships with UNDP are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complement other international studies, including law. Assignments vary greatly in terms of content. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization. The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but, as already mentioned, to complement an intern's studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.

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- enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development related field such as economics, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible

- demonstrated interest in the field of development

- language skills: written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Eastern European language is an asset

- interest in global mobility; adaptability to varied physical and other environments; desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds

- respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose


Wage/fees: The internships are not paid. All the costs associated must be borne by the nominating institution, by a related institution or government which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the students themselves


Application process: The selection for the internships is fully decentralized within UNDP. All internships are advertised on UNDP's jobs site at You can choose your internship and then submit the application electronically along with an uploaded resume


Useful links:


UNDP website


Contact information:

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The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute accepts interns throughout the year. There are different positions open now: discover more and apply for one (or more) of them!


Organization: UNICRI is a United Nations entity established in 1965 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice. UNICRI supports governments and the international community at large in tackling criminal threats to social peace, development and political stability


Duty Station: Turin and Rome


Open to: Students enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree) or students enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme


Timeframe: Three semesters: Spring, Summer and Fall. Duration from 2 up to 6 months


Deadline: September (start in January) – February (start in June) – May (start in September)


Job description: The objective of the internship programme is to enhance the educational experience of qualified students from diverse academic backgrounds through practical work assignments and on-the-job experience, to expose them to the work of the United Nations and to provide UNICRI with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields. Upon completion of the internship the interns are required to prepare a report on their activities. The supervisors of the interns are requested to certify the content of the report. Interns carry out their assignments according to the schedule of working hours agreed upon with their supervisors. The programme is normally full-time

Click here to find out all the current internship openings



See the qualifications required for each internship opening (click “Reference number” to open the attached file). Those who graduated with a university degree (bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees), if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation


Wage/fees:  UNICRI will not bear any cost for the internship and all expenses connected with it must be borne by the intern


Application process: The application form specifically designed for the chosen internship programme must be downloaded and duly completed, then submitted, preferably via email, to:

Alternatively, a hard copy of the application can be mailed or faxed to:

UNICRI - Internship Coordinator

Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10, 10127 Turin, ITALY

Fax: +39-011-63 13 368

Applications must indicate the Internship Opening reference number. Applications that do not quote the reference number and/or are received after the deadline will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates shall be contacted for telephone interview. A separate application is necessary for each internship opening


Useful links:

UNICRI website

More info about the Internship Programme


Contact information:


Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10

10127 Turin, Italy

Tel.: (+39) 011 6537 111

Fax: (+39) 011 6313 368


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Are you interested in human rights issues? The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights offers graduate students internships throughout the year. Apply now!


Organization: OHCHR represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. It has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights. The High Commissioner heads OHCHR and spearheads the United Nations' human rights efforts. OHCHR offers leadership, work objectively, educate and take action to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human rights


Duty Station: The internship programme may be offered at any duty station of the Secretariat designated as a family duty station  


Open to: Graduate students in a field of work of United Nations


Timeframe: Two semesters in a year: January-June and July-December


Deadline: 30 April  – Selection process: May/June    

                31 October – Selection process: November/December  

Job description: This internship is intended to increase the intern's understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give them an insight into the work of the United Nations and OHCHR in particular. Moreover, it provides OHCHR and the United Nations Human Rights mechanisms with the assistance and the contribution of outstanding young students or graduates. The relationship between the Organization and the intern is one of mutual benefit. Interns are assigned to an organizational unit of OHCHR according to the needs of the Office and their own areas of interest. They are involved in: researching human rights issues, drafting analytical papers and reports, providing substantive and technical servicing of meetings, backstopping fact-finding and technical cooperation activities as well as field operations and supporting other OHCHR activities, depending on the exigencies of the Office. As part of the internship programme, OHCHR endeavours to brief interns through a series of information sessions on human rights issues conducted by staff of the Office



- One of the follow academic requirements: be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); if already graduated, must commence the internship, if selected, within a one-year period of graduation

- Study disciplines related to the work of the United Nations, e.g. International Law, Political Science, History, Social Sciences. Preference will be given to those, within these disciplines, who have specialized in human rights issues

- Have a good command of at least two of the six official languages of the United Nations, i.e. English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese. Drafting ability in either English or French is required


Wage/fees: Interns are not remunerated. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions


Application process:

Applicants should submit the following documentation:

- A duly completed, stamped, dated and signed internship application form

- A list of courses taken, transcripts of grades or diplomas

- A written sample of research work or an abstract of academic papers (3-12 pages maximum)

- A proof of enrolment in graduate studies

- A proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan

Selected candidates are normally informed approximately one month before the starting date of the internship. Due to the large number of applicants, OHCHR is unable to inform unsuccessful candidates. Unsuccessful candidates may re-apply for following periods.


Address for applications:

Internship Programme - Internship Coordinator - Administrative Section

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

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Please send all applications either as scanned documents in PDF format or as WORD attachments and limit the number of documents to two maximum. The naming convention for documents is:

LAST NAME First Name - Application

When applying for an internship, candidates should indicate the semester and the dates of the period for which they wish to be considered


Useful links:

More info and instructions about the internship

OHCHR website  


Contact information:

Click here

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