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UNHCR Internships

Different departments at UNHCR headquarters offer internships throughout the year. Some duty field offices also take on interns. For the internship to be worthwhile and effective, internships normally last between two and six months. Internships are offered depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of units/offices to receive and supervise interns. Generally there is no deadline for sending in an application form.

The kind of work interns are offered depends on UNHCR requirements as well as the qualifications and interests of the applicant. Most interns work on a project which will benefit both them and UNHCR, in fields such as refugee protection (legal), international relations, administration and public affairs.

Internship applications

Applications must be submitted through the online applications link. Since not all offices have access to the central database, it is recommended that, in addition to the online application, requests for internships be also submitted by separate mail with a covering letter to the field/branch office concerned.

UK internships

UNHCR regularly recruits voluntary interns to support teams within UNHCR UK and UNHCR’s global fundraising team. These internships are usually for six months, full-time, and are a great way to help make a difference to the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and abroad. The internships offered are in four different areas of work: legal protection, external relations, fundraising and admin/ finance. More general opportunities for training and developing knowledge of the sector will be available to all interns.

Legal Protection Internships - UNHCR offers  Legal Protection internship positions, each lasting for a period of six months and with different start dates throughout the year, for talented graduates with a legal background and a commitment to refugee issues.

External Relations Internship - This role is ideally suited to graduates with a strong interest in refugee issues who would like to pursue a career in media, communications (including web-based and social media) or parliamentary affairs.

Administration and Finance Internship - This six-month internship is ideally suited to graduates who have a strong commitment to refugee issues and an interest in developing skills in administration and finance.

Fundraising Internship - There are two fundraising internships with the Private Sector Fundraising Team, each lasting for a period of three-six months. One internship supports Individual Giving and Digital fundraising activity, while the other supports UNHCR's Leadership Giving fundraising.

Goodwill Ambassador Team Internship - Join UNHCR as a Goodwill Ambassador team in London for a six month internship. This intenship provides insight and experience in communication and relationship management functions as well as administration and team support within the context of an international humanitarian organization.

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