Internship Program – United Nations University CRIS

The UNU-CRIS launches call for internship applications twice a year. The deadline for the first call is 1 May, the deadline for the second call is 1 November. Candidates are expected to start in July and January respectively at the earliest, beginning of October and April respectively at the latest. The exact start and end dates of the internship are negotiable.

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor or Master program or be the holder of a Bachelor or Master degree;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in the UN, global governance or regional integration studies and specifically in one of the research programs of the Institute, namely:
  1. The Role of Regions in Global Governance
  2. The United Nations and Regional Public Goods
  3. Changing Patterns of Regional and Global Governance
  • Be eager to contribute to the research projects and activities of the Institute;
  • Thrive under pressure and be able to act quickly and efficiently;
  • Possess excellent English communicating and writing skills;
  • Be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Be available for a minimum duration of three months up to a maximum of six months.

Interns’ Responsibilities

The duties of UNU-CRIS Interns involve:

  • Research tasks related to the research program of interest based on the needs of the supervisor and on the ongoing projects and research activities at the time of the internship;
  • Presentation of the work performed during the research stay at one of the research workshops, which are informal gatherings bringing together UNU-CRIS researchers;
  • Assistance in administrative and other tasks, as needed.

Interns are welcome to take part in seminars, workshops, conferences and other events organized by UNU-CRIS or its partners.

Facilities and Services

Office space, computer facilities and access to the libraries of UNU-CRIS, UNU, Ghent University, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the College of Europe are provided. While internships are non-remunerated, travel costs incurred by the attendance of UNU-CRIS related events are reimbursed.

In addition, Bruges’ favorable location close to Brussels provides direct access to the seat of the European Union and other international organizations, as well as a number of universities and research centers based in the Belgian capital.

Although admitted candidates are required to arrange their own travel, housing and health insurance, UNU-CRIS will provide advice and support to help facilitate the search process.

Erasmus+ Mobility Fund

As part of its Erasmus+ Programme, the European Commission offers financial support to encourage student mobility within the EU.

Students enrolled in either a Bachelor or Masters programme in any EU country (other than Belgium) are eligible to apply for funding through the Erasmus+ Mobility Fund so long as their sending university holds an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). We encourage all interns and trainees to contact the international or Erasmus+ office within their universities at the earliest possible opportunity to make enquiries about the funding they are eligible to apply for. We have a proven track record of supporting such grant applications and can provide a ‘learning agreement’ and ‘traineeship certificate’ in accordance with the terms of the programme.

More information about the initiative can be found here:

Application Procedure

Applications (in English) must include:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A letter of recommendation.


Interested candidates shall submit their application online here.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions about the internship program shall be directed to Andrew Dunn.

Want to know more? Click here to read some testimonials of former interns.

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