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UNHCR Internship for International Students in Switzerland, 2021-20

UNHCR is looking for talented, motivated and passionate individuals from around the world.

UNHCR’s Internship Programme offers eligible students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain experience in the humanitarian sector in an international environment, in line with their academic programme or future work in a field related to UNHCR’s mission.

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Internships are offered at various locations depending on the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns and provide them with meaningful assignments. An internship can begin at any time during the year and it normally lasts two to six months.

Field of Internship: Under the supervision of the full-time staff of the Statelessness Section, the intern is to undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Undertake an extended research task to be agreed in consultation with the Statelessness Section upon commencement of the internship;
  • Assist with research relating to legal and policy papers on Statelessness;
  • Assist with the preparation of the quarterly Campaign Update;
  • Assist with research for the state-based “Friends of the Campaign” Group; and
  • Assist with the day-to-day work of the Section (research on statelessness situations, law, and policy, press reviews, arranging and distribution of statelessness related materials etc.).
    Course Level: 
    Internship
    Internship Provider: 
    UNHCR-The UN Refugee Agency
    Internship can be taken in 
    Geneva, Switzerland

Eligibility: Education:

In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Recent graduate* or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant to, or of interest to, the work of the organization.
  • Recent graduates are to be considered those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying for an internship with UNHCR.
  • Academic or practical experience relating to statelessness, nationality and human rights would be an asset.
  • Language: Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required; knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.
  • Internship Open for International Students: International students are eligible to apply for this internship programme.

Is this paid internship? This is an unpaid internship programme.

Number of awards offered: Not Known

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit the required documents listed below by e-mail to HQDIPVAC-at-unhcr.org referring

To learn more about how to apply, go to Application and Selection.

  • Letter of motivation, addressing the personal requirements in the Vacancy notice;
  • Completed UN Personal History Form (P11) signed.
  • The UN Personal History Form is mandatory;
  • P11 forms are available on unhcr.org/recruit/p11new.d
  • Applications received without a P11 will not be considered

Internship Application Deadline:

Internships in Geneva, Switzerland:

  • Internship at Global Protection Cluster. Closing date: 05 November 2021
  • Internship at the Donor Relations and Donor Visibility. Closing date: 25 October 2021

Internships in other UNHCR locations:

  • Internship at the Representation to the European Institutions in Strasbourg, France. Closing date: 8 November 2021

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application