Duty Station: Headquarters
Type of contract : Internship
Duration of contract : 1 to 6 months
Recruitment open to : External Candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 31 December 2023
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
The Office of Legal Standards and International Affairs (LA) is seeking highly motivated graduate students who wish to gain professional experience in international law within an international organization. An internship at UNESCO is a unique opportunity to discover the different aspects of legal work within a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Under the overall authority of the Director of the Office of Legal Standards and International Affairs (DIR/LA), you will be working under the supervision of the head of one of the three LA sections. More information on the structure and missions of the Office is available at the following address: https://www.unesco.org/fr/legal-affairs/oisla .
The intern will assist DIR/LA, the Section Head, or one of the Section's lawyers in researching, analyzing, or drafting memos on a wide variety of public international law issues.
In particular, the intern will be required to carry out the following duties:
You must be at least 20 years old to apply.
At the time of your application to the internship programme:
You are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent, second university degree or higher).
You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship.
Please note that candidates who have completed their full-time bachelor's degree but are not enrolled in a graduate programme are not eligible to apply.
Applicants in secretarial/assistant or technical/professional assignments must be enrolled in a secretarial school or in a specialized technical/professional institution, and must have reached the last year of their studies, or have recently graduated (within the last 12 months) from their school or institution.
You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French. A working knowledge of the other language (English or French) is an asset, and may be required for internships in secretarial and assistantship assignments at the Headquarters.
Computer skills: You must have an excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.
You should be able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.
You should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.
UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.
Interns are entitled to 2.5 days of leave per month during their internship.
The UNESCO Internships Programme is open in January and July each year. Candidates shall apply to the vacancy that matches their personal expertise and domain. Candidates who successfully applied to the vacancy will stay in the intern talent pool and will be further assessed and selected by relevant hiring managers. The candidature will be valid for 6 months. Candidates who have been selected will be contacted directly by the relevant hiring manager. Those who were not selected for an internship in the current cycle will need to reapply to the internship programme when the new internship vacancies are released.