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International Maritime Organization Internship in UK, 2017

The International Maritime Organization is pleased to offer an internship for international students to study in London, UK.  In order to be eligible students must have a university degree or be enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program. Applicants must have a working knowledge of at least one of the Organization’s official languages (English, French or Spanish).

Students who publish a Master’s or Ph.D. thesis/dissertation subsequent to their IMO internship are required to submit a print and/or digital copy to the Maritime Knowledge Centre.

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Field of Internship: The IMO Internship Programme is solely designed for students undertaking research in activities relating to the work of the Organization for the main purpose of writing their dissertation or to further their own research.   
Course Level:
Internship Provider: The International Maritime Organization
An internship can be taken in 
London, UK (While at IMO, interns reside in the Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC)).

Eligibility: The IMO Internship Programme can only accommodate a limited number of students. Therefore, acceptance into the Programme is on a ‘first come, first served basis’ based on fulfillment of the eligibility criteria set out below.

  • Students must have a university degree or be enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program.
  • Applicants are considered for an internship at the request of their governments, appropriate governmental authorities (if the country concerned is the Member State of IMO), or at the request of universities or institutions of higher education.
  • Applicants must provide a summary of their research, clearly indicating the specific areas of the Organization’s work to which their research pertains.   IMO is not an academic or research organization. Applicants are advised to check the Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC) catalogueSeaLibrary to verify whether there is sufficient material within the MKC collection to support their research. In addition, IMODOCS, the IMO Document repository, should be consulted. Current IMO official meetings documents are available in
  • Interns are expected to conduct research on the topic indicated in their application.
  • Accepted interns wishing to change their research topics must advise the Organization prior to commencing their internship; failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of their placement.
  • Applicants must have a working knowledge of at least one of the Organization’s official languages (English, French or Spanish).

Internship Open for International Students: International students are eligible to apply for this internship program.

Is this paid internship? IMO internships are unpaid. Interns or their sponsoring institutions are responsible for the cost of travel, insurance, accommodation and living expenses.  As IMO accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship, applicants are advised to obtain health insurance coverage.

Internship Description: The International Maritime Organization welcomes students who wish to apply for an internship at its Headquarters in London.  IMO internships are research centered. The Programme does not provide opportunities for students to be attached to the Secretariat to obtain work or practical experience.

A number of awards offered: Limited numbers of internships are available.

Internship Duration: Internships are offered for periods of two weeks to a maximum of two months.  Starting dates are at the beginning of the month and mid-month.

Internship Application Deadline: Contact Employer

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