The aim of the internship is to:
a) increase the intern's understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give an insight into the work of the United Nations and OHCHR in particular;
b) provide OHCHR and the United Nations Human Rights mechanisms with the assistance and contribution of outstanding students or graduates.
Interns will be involved, inter alia, in: researching human rights issues, drafting analytical papers and reports, providing substantive and technical servicing of meetings, preventing backlog from fact-finding and technical cooperation activities as well as field operations and supporting other OHCHR activities.
Participants must be 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 who have specialized in human rights issues.
United Nations internships are not remunerated. Travel costs and living expenses must be met by the interns themselves. 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.
Internships are for a minimum period of three months and may be renewed once for a further three-month period. Interns are selected twice a year.
Closing dates for applications each year are 30 April for the May/June selection and 31 October for the November/December selection.