In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility 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 or of interest to the work of the Organization.
Please note that candidates who have immediate relatives (father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister) working as staff members of UNHCR are not eligible.
*Recent graduates are to be considered those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying for an internship with UNHCR.
How to apply
Internships in Geneva, Switzerland
All internship opportunities based in Geneva are posted here:
Internships in other UNHCR locations
Regional and country offices post internship opportunities primarily on their dedicated websites.
We encourage interested applicants to frequently visit these sites for available opportunities.
The primary aim of the Internship Pool is to allow you to submit a generic application for an internship. As and when the need arises, managers can consult this database to search for candidates with specific academic profiles. If your application interests one of our departments, the relevant manager will contact you directly.
These opportunities could be in field or HQ locations. The pool is receiving applications throughout the year.
Internship can begin at any time during the year. Internships will initially be granted for a minimum period of two months, up to a maximum of six months.
Food and Local Transportation Allowance
Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to support costs related to cost of food, local transportation and living expenses. Interns should be ready to cover their own travel to the duty station as well as any additional costs above and beyond any allowance they may receive from UNHCR. It is the intern’s responsibility to arrange for a visa and to cover related costs. UNHCR can provide support with the required documents.
Before the start of an internship with UNHCR, candidates are responsible for arranging medical insurance and for providing proof to UNHCR of a valid medical insurance covering the period of the contract. UNHCR accepts no responsibility for any costs connected to medical insurance of interns, nor does the organisation cover the costs for medical evacuation of interns. Interns working in locations where medical facilities are inadequate are advised to ensure that their medical insurance covers emergency medical evacuation. Furthermore, the health insurance selected by interns should provide the necessary geographical coverage for both accident and illness.