The multicultural NGO Alkarama is always looking for interns to join its staff, offering two different internships’ programme: legal internship and media internship. Choose the most suitable programme for you and work with a young  non-governmental human rights organisation based in Geneva!


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Organisation: Alkarama is a Geneva-based non-governmental human rights organisation established in 2004 to assist all those in the Arab world subjected to or at risk of extrajudicial execution, enforced disappearance, torture, and arbitrary detention. Acting as a bridge between individual victims and international human rights mechanisms, Alkarama works towards an Arab world where all individuals live in freedom and dignity, and are protected by the rule of law. Alkarama brings pro bono legal assistance to victims of the most serious human rights violations, without any discrimination. The organisation focuses its efforts on violations of the right to life, human dignity, physical integrity and freedoms such as extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture, and arbitrary detention. Using the international human rights mechanisms and working closely with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR ), Alkarama documents individual cases of violations through direct contact with the victims, their families or lawyers, and submits complaints on their behalf to the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies, asking them to intervene with the State in question to put an end to these violations. Alkarama also brings media attention to the cases and situations it covers, helping victims to have their voices heard and shedding light on the human rights situation of a country, through press releases as well as public reports and analyses published in various media outlets. In order to reach a broader audience, Alkarama increasingly relies on social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook.


Where: Geneva, Switzerland


Open to:

Legal Internship: people with master degree in law or social sciences with an international law component

Media Internship: people with degree in journalism, communications, human rights or international relations


When: from January to June or from July to December


Deadline: The openings are usually advertised in October for the January-June internship and April for the July-December internship.


Job Description: Alkarama’s internship programme – in both our Legal and Communication departments – provides opportunities for young graduates with an interest in the Arab world to gain experience in a multicultural NGO, working in cooperation with the United Nations, to defend victims of human rights violations in the MENA region. Alkarama’s interns have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the work of the organisation, thus gaining a valuable experience that can be carried forward through the rest of their careers. Alkarama offers full-time internships lasting for six months in its Geneva headquarters.


The work of legal interns includes a variety of tasks such as research, interviewing of victims and recording of testimonies, drafting of complaints for submission to the UN human rights protection mechanisms, attendance and note-taking at UN conferences including the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review and the sessions of the Treaty Bodies, synthesizing of information about individual cases of human rights violations, and drafting of reports.


The media intern is working closely with his/her colleagues of both the legal and media departments. The work includes writing news stories for Alkarama’s website, publishing articles, maintaining and monitoring social media networks (Twitter/Facebook) and media contacts’ database. The intern is also expected to contribute to the production of audio-visual work.




The ideal legal intern holds a Masters degree in law or social sciences with an international law component, speaks and writes fluently French or English with preferably a working knowledge of the other, with Arabic being a valuable asset. The applicant should also have strong analytical and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in human rights and the Middle East.



The ideal communications intern holds a degree in journalism, communications, human rights or international relations, previous experience in a news, communications or campaigning organisation, a good understanding of social media and multimedia tools. The intern must also have an excellent command of English, with preferably a working knowledge of French and/or Arabic and a demonstrated interest in politics and the media in the Arab world.


Wage: paid


Application process: when available, the application form will be on this site


Useful Links:



Useful Contacts:

Alkarama Foundation | 150 route de Ferney

CH-1211 Genève 2

Phone: +41 22 734 1006

Fax: +41 22 734 1034

Edited by Barbara Parisse


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The CERN gives the opportunity to oartecipate to research activities through a fellowship for talented graduates 


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Organization/Company: The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is an European Organizations which operates on physic researches. CERN is known for having the bigger particle accelerator of the world. There are 22 member states in this organization, and Israeli is the only non-European country with the granted full membership. One of the most recent achievement was in 2012 with the discover of  A boson with mass around 125 GeV/c2 consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson


Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland


Open To: Graduates from universities or higher technical institutes in a wide range of applied sciences, computing and engineering


Timeframe: from 6 to 36 months


Deadline: 4 September 2017


Job description: The trainees will have the privilege to collaborate with some of the most famous scientist of the last decade. They will have the opportunity to work in the sector of quantum and nuclear physics. It is posssible to apply as Senior Fellowship Programme and Junior Fellowship programme according to qualifications and degree.


Qualifications:  There are two levels of Fellowship within the programme:

- The Senior Fellowship Programme, addressed to people with a Ph.D. or at least four years of experience after the Master diploma (or equivalent diploma which has given access to doctoral programmes

- The Junior Fellowship Programme, for holders of at least a Technical Engineer degree (or equivalent) and at most a Master degree (or equivalent) with not more than 4 years of experience (N.B.: the Junior Fellowship programme is only open to nationals of CERN Member States)


Wage/Fees: 5165 CHF* to 7963 CHF* per month (stipends are calculated individually) 

*Swiss Franc


Application process: The candidates should provide the following documents:

- a Curriculum Vitae

- a list of publications if relevant (for collaborations, please indicate simply the number of publications and only provide details of the most important ones)

- a photocopy of the most recent (highest) qualification

- three recent letters of recommendation (not older than a year at the time of the deadline for applications) to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.

Candidates for research fellowships (Theoretical and Experimental Physics) should also include a CV containing:

- A list of publications to which you have made a significant contribution

- Conferences at which you have given presentations

- Statement of research interests

To apply see “useful links”


Useful links: Announcement

Apply HERE

Fellowship programme

Cern website


Contact information:


CH-1211 Geneva 23



Edited by Silvia Cortese

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Are you an African descent living in the Diaspora? If so join the Fellowship Programme that provides the participants with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent

For more similar opportunities visit our section International Organizations 


Organization: The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. Each of the 193 Member States of the United Nations is a member of the General Assembly. States are admitted to membership in the UN by a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council


Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland


Open to: The selection of the fellows will reflect gender and regional balance. The human rights situation of People of African Descent in the respective countries will also be taken into consideration


Deadline: 31.05.2017


Time frame: In 2017 the Fellowship will be held from 13 November to 1 December 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland


Description: The Fellowship Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries


-The candidate must be an individual of African descent living in the Diaspora
-The candidate must have a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to the rights of People of African Descent
-The candidate needs to have sufficient command of the English language to be able to participate fully in the programme
-The candidate has to submit a letter from an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights certifying their status
-The candidates must be available to attend the full duration of the programme. The selected fellows will be expected to participate in different activities and to strictly follow the programme


Application process: Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in one single e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

-A Curriculum Vitae
-A completed, signed and scanned Application Form in one single document.
-A Personal Statement (maximum 500 words) in which the candidate will explain his/her motivation for applying, and how he/she will use the knowledge gained from the fellowship to promote the interests and rights of people of African descent.
-An Official Letter of Support from the nominating organization or community
-A copy of the applicant’s passport.
Please note that submissions with more than five attachments will not be accepted

Wage/fees: not specified



Further info: Each fellow is entitled to a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva; basic health insurance; and a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.

Useful links:

Call for the fellowship

Edited by Anja Herbez


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The Human Right Affairs Division of the OHCHR is looking for an intern for a period of time of 3-6 months in Geneva! What are you waiting for? If you are interested in this field this is your best career opportunity


For similar opportunity please visit the International Organizations section on our web site

Organization: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of the United Nations.
The High Commissioner heads OHCHR and spearheads the United Nations' human rights efforts. We offer leadership, work objectively, educate and take action to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human rights.
Its headquarters is in Geneva


Duty Station: Geneva


Open to: Students and graduated


Timeframe: 3/6 months


Deadline: October, 18 2017


Job description: Under the direction and supervision of the Chief, National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section, the intern shall undertake the following activities:
-Assist in facilitating the mainstreaming of the work on National Institutions (NHRIs) as set out in the High Commissioner’s priority aims and objectives for OHCHR
-Assist in functions related to GANHRI and its Sub-Committee on Accreditation
-Web page
-Assist in research regarding NHRIs functions and practices
-Assist in the organization and implementation of seminars, workshops and/or training activities on NHRIs at the national, regional or global level, as directed
-Assist in the preparation of training and information materials concerning NHRIs
-Other tasks as directed by the Chief of Section
-Assist in supporting a variety of initiatives aimed at further strengthening the relationship between OHCHR and civil society actors
-Provide assistance throughout the sessions of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms and mandates (Universal Periodic Review, Advisory Committee, Social Forum). Working within the Council Secretariat (operating out of Palais des Nations for the duration of the session), the intern will facilitate access of NGOs to the Human Rights Council (processing of written statements, access to speakers lists, the holding of NGOs’ parallel events, attend NGOs’ parallel events, prepare summaries accordingly, and provide guidance to NGO participants)
-Assist in responding to daily requests and correspondence addressed to the Civil Society Unit’s e-mail address; the intern will also be contributing to the systematization of the responses given and to analyze trends and most common requests;
-Assist in implementing the Section’s work plan throughout the internship
-Other tasks as directed by the Chief of Section



- Communication. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

- Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view ; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect ; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions ; monitors on-going developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems ; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects ; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following 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); Have graduated with a university degree, as defined above, and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation

- Be computer-literate in standard software applications

- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideas of the Charter

- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views

- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional UN language is an asset


Wage/fees: The internship is unpaid


Application process: Completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The cover note must include:
-Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
-Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?)
-IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
-Top three areas of interest.
-Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
-Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills and three references

Submit all requested documents going to the Inspira platform and following the instructions


Useful links:

OHCHR Internship

Inspira platform

OHCHR web site


Contact information:

Contact page

Edited by Sara Candido


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