09-13-2016

Live an internship in human rights at the United Nations!

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

Qualifications:

- 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

Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

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Edited by Tatiana Camerota

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