International Labour Organization Paid Internship Programme 2021

Grade: Internship 

Application deadline (midnight Beijingtime): 20 Feb 2021

ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

  • Increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;
  • Gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.

It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.

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The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non – or under – represented member States. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities.

Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

  • You have no close relative serving in the ILO.
  • This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).


Under the supervision of Deputy Director of CO-Beijing, the intern will undertake the following tasks which include, but not limited to:

  • Assist in drafting press release and news articles, including developing original content under direction and editing from multiple contributors in areas of youth employment and skills development;
  • Support in the development and design of digital, web content, and print materials;
  • Assist in the organization of international and national workshops, events and consultation meetings (face-to-face and online);
  • Support in extracting analysis from research and preparing factsheets;
  • Prepare draft presentations and briefs as assigned;
  • Support in social media coverage of ILO events and activities;
  • Assist in taking and editing photos and videos, guided by guidelines on the ILO system media use;
  • Carry out other relevant responsibilities as required by the supervisor.


Candidates must be enrolled in the final year of a postgraduate degree programme, such as a master’s programme or equivalent or in a higher degree programme in Communication, Journalism, Development Studies, Social Sciences or other relevant disciplines, or have completed such programme in the year preceding the application.

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Excellent command of English and Chinese.


  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills;
  • Strong grasp of social media (Weibo, Wechat official account and related applications) management;
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Familiarity and interest in vocational education/apprenticeship frameworks in China;
  • Initiative and ability to work independently and as a team member;
  • Availability to start working in 22 February 2021 at ILO CO-Beijing for a period of 6 months


Any previous experience of working in communication would be a plus.

Knowledge and experience in apprenticeship, youth employability and skill development would be desirable.


How to apply:

1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs 

2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs 

3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be consideredand you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline. 


You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected.

If shortlisted, you may be contacted for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.


As an intern in the field, you will receive a monthly stipend from the ILO based on the cost of living in the area of the duty station, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive the appropriate stipend per month. Your travel to the duty station will be at your own expense.


Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station.


The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account – – should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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