Country: Geneva or any Regional office of Member Country.
Duration: 6 to 8 Months
Stipend: Fully Paid
UNHCR is looking for talented, motivated and passionate individuals – like you – from around the world who bring knowledge, innovative thinking and different ideas to enhance our capacity to support people forced to flee. UNHCR’s Internship Program offers eligible students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain experience in the humanitarian sector in line with their academic program and future career aspirations.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
Our vision is a world where every person forced to flee can build a better future.
Formally known as the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1950 in the aftermath of the Second World War to help the millions of people who had lost their homes. Today, UNHCR works in 135 countries. We provide life-saving assistance, including shelter, food, water and medical care for people forced to flee conflict and persecution, many of whom have nobody left to turn to. We defend their right to reach safety and help them find a place to call home so they can rebuild their lives. Long term, we work with countries to improve and monitor refugee and asylum laws and policies, ensuring human rights are upheld.
To be considered for an internship, candidates must:
- Be a recent graduate* or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO Link is external.
- Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant to, or of interest to, the work of the organization.
- Not have immediate relatives (father, mother, brother, or sister) working for UNHCR as a staff member on any contract type or as an affiliate at the time of application.
*Recent graduates are considered to be candidates who completed their studies within two years of applying for an internship with UNHCR.
Internships can begin at any time during the year and normally lasts two to six months with the possibility of extension up to eight months
Internships are offered at various locations, including UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, the Global Service Centre’s in Amman, Budapest and Copenhagen, or in field country offices. Subject to approval of their managers, interns may telework within or outside of the country of duty station. Internships are made available based on the needs of offices and their capacity to receive and supervise interns and provide them with meaningful assignments.
Food and Transport:
Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to partially help support costs related to food, local transportation and living expenses. Unless provided or paid by their sponsoring entities, UNHCR will also reimburse interns engaged from a location outside the country of the duty station for return travel costs to/from the duty station by the most economical route available irrespective of the duration of the journey. It is the intern’s responsibility to arrange for a visa and to cover related visa 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 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 organization 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.
You can apply any time round the year. you have to upload your profile on UNHCR portal.
How to Apply:
You can apply for the internship by clicking on below link.