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Internship opportunities in European and International Organisations


The European Union Institutions offer several options for paid and unpaid internship and traineeship within his bodies and structures to provide opportunities for vocational training and for learning more about what the European Institutions are and do.

-European Parliament

The European Parliament offers several traineeships opportunities within its Secretariat. The traineeships may be paid or unpaid and are of the following types: a general option, a journalism option and traineeships for translators and interpreters. Paid traineeships are awarded solely to graduates of universities or equivalent institutions. Paid traineeships are awarded for a period of five months. Unpaid translation traineeships shall be awarded for a period of between one month and three months. Paid translation traineeships are awarded for a period of three months. On an exceptional basis, they may be extended for a maximum period of three months. On an exceptional basis, they may be extended for a maximum period of three months. Translation traineeships are assigned to Luxembourg. The European Parliament is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications for all its traineeship programs from men and women, including disabled people, from all cultural backgrounds and ethnic origins.

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-European Commission

The European Commission offers internship opportunities within its Directorates-General and Services. Interns must have completed the first cycle of university studies and they must have a very good knowledge of English or French or German. A limited number of nationals of non-Member States are also accepted. Candidates from non-Member States must have very good knowledge of at least one working language of the European Commission (English, French or German). There are two training periods per year and it will last a minimum of three and a maximum of five months. The application forms must be completed and submitted it online. The European Commission also offers a translation traineeship with the Directorate General for Translation (DGT) for young university graduates who want to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of the service.

For further information: http://ec.europa.eu/stages/index_en.htm

-European Union Council

The General Secretariat of the Council offers, about 90 paid traineeships lasting 5 months. Traineeships are offered to EU nationals who have completed at least the first cycle of a course of university studies evidenced by a degree certificate or equivalent. Trainees will be attached to a department and work as part of the team to which they are assigned. Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union and satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages. The Council General Secretariat also offers unpaid traineeships to young third, fourth or fifth year students of a higher education establishment or university whose programme of studies requires such a period of training to be undertaken. The application forms must be completed and submitted, with all necessary documents, to the General Secretariat of the Council.

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-Court of Justice of the European Communities

Every year, the Court of Justice of the European Communities offers a limited number of paid traineeships of a maximum duration of five months. There are two traineeship periods. Applicants must hold a degree in law or in political sciences (majority content, law) or, for traineeships in the Interpretation Directorate, a diploma in conference interpreting. The traineeship in Interpretation Directorate last from 10 to 12 weeks and are primarily aimed at newly qualified conference interpreters whose language combination is of interest to the department. For further information: http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/Jo2_10338/traineeships European Court of Auditors The Court of Auditors organizes, two times per year, in-service training periods in areas of interest to its work. The training periods are granted for a maximum period of five months. The training periods may be remunerated (1120 €/month) or non-remunerated. Applicants of one of the Member States of the European Union, who either hold a recognized university-level degree or diploma, must have a satisfactory knowledge of at least one other official European Union language.

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-European Economic and Social Committee

Twice a year the European Economic and Social Committee offers traineeships for a period of five months to university graduates who are nationals of the Member States of the European Union, as well as to a number of university graduates from non-EU countries. All the application forms must be completed and submitted, with all necessary documents, to the European Economic and Social Committee. The Committee offers also study grants within the Program of François Staedelinfront to enable young people from organizations representing economic, social or trade union interests to carry out studies or research into economic and social areas of Community interest and, in particular, subjects of direct interest to the European Economic and Social Committee. Three study grants worth EUR 3,000 each have been granted each calendar year since 1994 in memory of François Staedelin, President of the European Economic and Social Committee from October 1990 to December 1991.

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-Committee of the Regions

Each year, the Committee of the Regions offers, two times per year, to young university graduates, a limited number of five-month traineeships. These training periods involve work experience in one of the Committee of the Regions’ services. Applicants must either hold a university degree (or an equivalent diploma) awarded after at least three years of study, or have successfully completed at least four years (eight semesters) of university studies. Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of one of the Community Languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages, one of which has to be either English or French (working languages).

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-European Ombudsman

The Ombudsman offers traineeships, twice a year, primarily to university law graduates. The traineeships take place either in Strasbourg or in Brussels according to the needs of the Office. Trainees in the Ombudsman’s Office must necessarily have a very good command of the English language. Applications must therefore be submitted in English. The traineeship has a minimum duration of four months. It can be extended for a period left to the Ombudsman’s discretion normally up to a maximum of 12 months. Trainees who do not receive a salary or other form of financial support receive a scholarship during the traineeship period.

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-European Central Bank

The European Central Bank offers internship opportunities for PhD students as well as for graduate students of economics, finance statistics, business administration, law, human resources, translation. Applicants should be enrolled in post-graduate studies. Very occasionally, such opportunities are also offered to undergraduate students. Candidates must be nationals of an EU Member State. A good knowledge of both spoken and written English and a satisfactory knowledge of one other official EU language is required. Interns do not have staff member status, they are not remunerated and are not entitled to staff benefits, privileges and immunities. Nevertheless, interns receive a monthly internship allowance. Various internship opportunities may become available throughout the year ECB-wide, we advise that you visit our web page regularly. In addition, we run two regular programmes: The ECB Student Research Assistantship Programme (SRAP) offered by the Directorate General Research (DG-R) and the ECB Statistics Internship Programme offered by the Directorate General Statistics (DG-S).

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-European Investment Bank

The EIB offers a limited number of Internships for university graduates with less than one year of professional experience who wish to acquire an understanding of the work of the Bank. The internships normally last between one and five months, and they cannot be extended beyond the maximum length of five months. Most are based at the EIB’s headquarters in Luxembourg. Interns receive a monthly allowance, provided they are not entitled to similar compensation from another source, as well as reimbursement of one round trip from the point of origin to the place of the internship.

For further information: http://www.bei.org/about/jobs/internship/index.htm


-Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

The FAO doesn’t have any internship programme, however,
the Organization has launched a Volunteer Programme. The FAO Volunteer Programme is designed to expand FAO’s human resources capacity by providing opportunities for individuals to contribute their services on a voluntary basis to FAO. Those selected for the Volunteer Programme will be utilized in areas according to their qualifications and the needs of the Organization. No financial assistance is available from FAO. Candidates should preferably have an academic interest in the mandate and subjects of the Organization. Assignments under the FAO Volunteer Programme are not designed to lead to a staff position within the Organization. There is no remuneration for individuals working with this programme. Candidates must be fluent in one of the working languages of FAO office of assignment (the FAO working languages are English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese).
For further information: http://www.fao.org/VA/vol_en.htm

-International Fund for Agricultural Development

International Found for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations, offers internship opportunities to university students who are below the age of 30. Interns are fully involved in the work programme of the Division that has selected them to carry out assignments relevant to their studies under the supervision of a responsible staff member. Internship assignments will be limited to a period of six months. Applicants can submit their application at any time of the year. Interns will be paid the equivalent of an all-inclusive lump sum amount of USD 600 per month.
For further information: http://www.ifad.org/job/intern/index.htm

-International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The Fund Internship Program (FIP) is the main internship offered at the Fund. It provides an opportunity for highly promising graduate students pursuing an advanced degree/Ph.D. in macroeconomics or a related field to gain a better understanding of the IMF’s work and contribute to the institution’s mission. Internships are offered to about 50 graduate students each year. Thirty-five (35) to 40 internships are undertaken during the summer between May and October, and another 10 to 15 are done during the winter from November to April. Internship last from 10 to 13 weeks. Projects assigned to interns differ from year-to-year depending on the departments’ work program. Students must have an excellent command of English (both written and oral). IMF interns receive a salary comparable to senior level support staff, a round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. from their university and limited medical insurance coverage. Graduate students who are interested in being considered for the IMF Internship Program and who meet all of the above criteria are invited to apply online.
For further information: http://www.imf.org/external/np/adm/rec/job/summint.htm

-World Trade Organization (WTO)

The WTO Secretariat maintains a limited internship programme for post-graduate university students wishing to gain practical experience and deeper knowledge of the multilateral trading system.
Interns will have completed their undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, law, political science, international relations), and shall have completed at least one year of their postgraduate studies. The minimum age for an intern shall be 21 years and the maximum age 30 years. Internships are generally of a duration of up to 24 weeks and it takes place in Geneva, Switzerland. Internships receives a daily allowance of CHF 60.
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-United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Every year the Organization offers internship positions in support of different kind of activities in specified sectors. Internships usually have a duration of three months. Student’s minum qualifications to apply as well as the activities in which they are involved are decided year by year.
For further information: http://portal.unesco.org
United Nations Human Rights (UNHCHR)
The Organization offers, twice a year, an internship opportunity to graduate students and holders of graduate level degrees in disciplines related to the work of the United Nations, e.g. International Law, Political Science, History, Social Sciences. Preference will be given to those, within these disciplines, who have specialized in human rights issues. Applicants must be sponsored by an academic institution and must have a good command of at least two of the six official languages of the United Nations, i.e. English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese. Drafting ability in either English or French is required. The maximum number of interns accepted by OHCHR at any given time is 50. Internships last for a minimum period of three months and may be renewed once for a further three-month period. The maximum duration of internships at OHCHR is six months. Applicants should submit the following documentation:

•a duly completed, stamped, dated and signed internship application form;
•a list of courses taken, transcripts of grades or diplomas;
•a written sample of research work or an abstract of academic papers (3-12 pages maximum);
•a proof of enrolment in graduate studies;
•a proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan;

For further information: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/InternshipProgramme.aspx

-United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students at both Headquarters and country offices the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff. Applicants must to be a currently-enrolled graduate or post-graduate student in a field related to UNICEF’s interests. They must be enrolled during the full duration of the proposed internship period.
should be fluent in English and one other UNICEF working language i.e. French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese.
application for an internship should be supported by your university or related institution.
For further information: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_internship.html

-International Maritime Organization

Students are considered for attachment at IMO Headquarters only at the request of their Governments or appropriate governmental authorities if the country concerned is a Member State of IMO or at the request of Universities/high learning institutions. All applications must be accompanied by a letter from the Sponsor, addressed to the Secretary-General. Attachments are offered for periods of two weeks to a maximum of three months. The Internship Programme is particularly designed for students undertaking research in the activities of the Organization for the main purpose of writing their dissertation or to further their own research. Priority is given to students with an academic background in the fields of shipping, marine environment, international maritime and environmental law, and who have already obtained a University Degree and are studying for, or completed, a Master or Ph.D Degree. There is no application form, instead, if the conditions are met, a letter should be addressed to Mrs. Teresa Martins de Oliveira, Senior Deputy Director, Sub-Division for External Relations, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division stating the research subject and the period of internship required. Please attach to the letter your curriculum vitae (including your e-mail address in your details) and the letter of support from the University. Internship is unpaid.

For further information: http://www.imo.org/

-International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

The ITLOS offers, to students who have completed at least three years of university studies, an internship opportunity to gain an understanding of the work and functions of the Tribunal and to enable the Tribunal and its Members. The Tribunal’s Internship Programme is normally a full-time programme and usually covers a period of three months. In exceptional cases, individual internships may be extended. Applicants should normally not be more than 35 years of age, must have a good command of English and/or French and have an interest in international law, in particular international law of the sea, international affairs or international institutions and organizations. Interns are not paid.

For further information: http://www.itlos.org/start2_en.html

-International Penal Court

The Court offers internships to highly motivated young professionals with good academic qualifications who are in the early stages of their careers. Internships are offered for a period of between three and six months. Applicants for internships should not be older than 35 years at the time of commencing the placement. Are welcome graduates in history, international relations, political science, journalism, translation and interpretation, information technology and communication, logistics, human resources management, social psychology, administrative sciences, forensic science, statistics or economics. Good command in at least one of the working languages of the Court (English and French) are required.
A working knowledge of the other working language is desirable. For further information:


-World Healt Organization

WHO’s Internship Programme provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the work of WHO. Every year a limited number of places for internships are available. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) both at the time of application and during the internship. They should have obtained a first degree in a public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO. Applicants, minimum of 20 years of age, should be fluent in the working language of the office of assignment. Internship will last at maximum six months.
For further information: http://www.who.int/employment/internship/en/

-International Labour Organization (ILO)

The International Labour Organization and the Italian Government established the International Training Centre. It offers, to students enrolled on an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate programme and preferably approaching the end of that programme, an internship opportunities. Applicants should be at least 20 years old and not more than 35 years old. Students should have an excellent academic record and to be proficient in at least one of the working language of the Centre (English, French or Spanish). Internships may be arranged through an exchange of letters between the candidate and the Centre or within the framework of agreements between the Centre and sponsoring bodies (universities, institutions and governments). Internships are a once-only opportunity and they normally last a minimum of six weeks to a maximum of six months. Interns are not paid and are not considered officials of the Centre.

For further information: http://www.itcilo.org/en/about-the-centre/intership-programm

-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters

Once a year the Nato Headquarters offers an internship opportunity to current students or recent graduates in political science, international relations or economy, engineering, communications science and more. Applicants should be 21 years old, nationals of a Nato member State and they should be proficiency in one of the official NATO languages (English/French); desirable working knowledge of the other. Internship is paid (about 600 euros per month). Internships will in principle last 6 months. Students should submit a completed application form, the Curriculum Vitae and a letter of motivation specifying why they want to intern at Nato Headquarters.

For further information: http://www.nato.int/structur/interns/index.html

-United Nation Organization (ONU) Headquarters

The United Nations provides, three times per year, opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate programme to undertake an internship at its Headquarters in New York. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship or pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree. Students should also be proficiency in English and/or French.
For further information: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/internsh/htm/eligibility.htm