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 Programme 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.
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;
- have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant to, or of interest to, the work of the organization; and
- 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.
Internships are offered at various locations, including UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, the Global Service Centres 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.
Length of placement
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.
Food and local transportation allowance and travel costs
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.
Current internship opportunities
Internships are advertised on the main UNHCR recruitment platform and new opportunities are regularly added.
Some regional and country offices also post internship opportunities on their dedicated websites. We encourage interested applicants to frequently visit these sites to search for available opportunities. Browse country websites.
How to apply
Interested candidates should apply via the main UNHCR recruitment platform.