Current Internships

GIVE International

GIVE INTERNATIONAL is a non-profit, relief and development organization committed to working alongside existing health, education, and child development organizations in the developing world.  This is accomplished through establishing, directing, and managing community-based health and education programs; through donating supplies, equipment, and materials where needed; and through providing trained volunteers to assist with our overseas development programs.  (Canadian Registered Charity #: 85914 1970 RR0001 )

As GIVE International is the sending organization for a number of universities, high schools, and the Sheridan College Nursing Program, we have found the ideal group sizes range from 10-15 volunteers.  Student groups are often involved with research initiatives (eg. HIV/AIDS, child development, entrepreneurship, gender issues), or development projects (schools, health clinics, orphanages, small businesses). 

GIVE International has chosen Jinja, Uganda as our volunteer base as it is has reliable phone and email access, an international health clinic, and is extremely safe and accommodating.  In addition, as the vast majority of the residents speak English, it provides a great opportunity for volunteers to participate immediately. 

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Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. (CCCI) 

There are intership opportunities posted on our website.
We are looking for strong candidates for the following positions:
1) Environmental & Agriculture Assessment Officer
2) Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant
3) Community Health Officer
Selected candidates will fulfill a 5 ½ month overseas placement to development projects in Uganda & Zambia.  
This is a CIDA IYIP opportunity, and is presently pending approval from CIDA.  However, students/graduates are welcome to proceed with our on-line application for early evaluation:
Tracey DeGraaf
Senior Program Officer
Emergency Response and Development Fund
Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.
(905) 332-6400 Ext.3328

The Kenya Professional Tour - Village Partnership for Development in Western Kenya

To participate in applied projects for the eradication of poverty in the village of
Muhanda, in rural Western Kenya
• To gain an understanding of the issues facing Kenyans and grapple with relevant
• The specific nature of what will be done is dependent on the skill set and interests of the
group participants; options include working with women and children, schools, the health
centre, micro-business or information technology … and more
• To engage in friendship and partnership with Kenyans as individuals and as community

The Coady Institute Offers International Youth Internship Opportunities

The Coady International Institute is currently recruiting dynamic community-minded Canadians between 19 and 30 years of age to participate in its Youth In Partnership international internship program. The program aims to provide recent Canadian university/college graduates experience working with the Coady’s partners in development practice.  The program begins with a three week orientation at the Coady Institute; a six-month in-country work placement; and a two week re-entry and debrief program in Canada.  

Coady Youth In Partnership associates are:

University/college graduate by the time the program begins in August 
Currently unemployed or under-employed 
Between 19 and 30 years of age
Canadian citizens or permanent residents eligible to work in Canada 
First time participants in the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES) 
For more information please visit  Please include job reference number SHCYIP2010/11.  We look forward to receiving your application. 

Thank you,

Natalie Abdou
Youth Programs Coordinator
Coady International Institute

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) 

The enhanced scholarships web site delivers timely, well-organized information to a global audience. In addition to comprehensive information on international scholarships offered by Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the site now includes the major awards offered by other Government of Canada agencies such as:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • This information is of interest to Canadian and non-Canadian students, faculty and academic institutions.

"There is a multiplicity of awards offered by an array of different Canadian Government departments and units," said Jennifer Humphries, Vice-President of Membership and Scholarships of CBIE and Team Leader for the DFAIT programs. "Now there is a one-stop shop for all major government international scholarships." 

Inter-American Development Bank
Employment Opportunities - Oportunidades de Empleo

The Inter-American Development Bank was established in 1959 as a development institution with novel mandates and tools.  Its mission is to promote economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The IDB today is the main source of multilateral financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as for regional integration. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice and technical assistance to the public and private sectors throughout the region.

We are pleased to announce the opening of all Summer Internship and Summer Diversity Programs (for undergraduate and graduate level students).  This year the Bank expects to hire no less than 40 interns, who will be contracted for a period of two/three months. During the internship, the students will be placed in one of the departments or units of the Bank and, to the extent possible, will be given assignments relevant to their current studies.

Candidates must verify which of the programs correspond to their professional profile, and submit their application through the Online Recruitment System. All the information related to the programs and/or specific vacancies are included in our website: - under the "Careers at IDB"  tab (at the bottom of the page).

Inés E. Clavier, HR Officer 
Human Resources Department 
Inter-American Development Bank 
Tel:  (202) 623 3182  - E-mail:
Working  towards the social and economic development of Latin America and the Caribbean  

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United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) is now accepting applications for an intern for the Gender and Development Programme. Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD degree programme (as per UN Secretariat rules regarding interns) in the social sciences, and have academic and some
professional experience in issues related to development.

Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10

Offshore School BC Programs – Study Abroad
Chinese Government Scholarship
Students from British Columbia will have the opportunity to study at a Chinese university on scholarships from the People’s Republic of China, in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.

Students studying abroad will gain valuable exposure to Chinese language, culture and business practices, as well as an opportunity to develop enriching life-long relationships across the Pacific.

The scholarships will be provided to graduating secondary school students and students enrolled in post-secondary studies in undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs. Full and partial scholarships are available.
There is an allowance for remedial Chinese language support for successful applicants who are not proficient in the language. Eligibility criteria, application procedures, application form and further information about the Chinese Scholarship are contained in the application package.

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Internship with the ICTR/ACSU in The Hague (The Netherlands)
In addition to Arusha and Kigali, applicants also have the possibility to apply for an internship with the Appeals Chamber Support Unit (ACSU) in The Hague. The ICTR/ACSU is composed of three functional Sub-Units which are the “Chamber Support Sub-Unit”, the “Other Registry Services Sub-Unit” and the “Language Services Sub-Unit”. Each of them accepts interns.

  • Internship with the “Chamber Support Sub-Unit” (CSS-U)

Responsibilities of the Chamber Support Sub-Unit
The principal task of the Chamber Support Sub-unit is to assist the Judges of the Appeals Chamber in their judicial duties. The Appeals Chamber of the ICTR is extremely busy, and interns in the Chamber Support sub-unit are required to undertake a great deal of substantive legal work such as:

  • research in public international law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, comparative criminal law, international human rights law;
  • drafting of memos to the Judges and/or legal officers;
  • participating in the drafting of orders, decisions, andjudgments of the Appeals Chamber.

Eligibility criteria
The eligibility criteria are the same as for other internships at the ICTR. However, the Chamber Support sub-unit favours candidates who:

  • have strong academic credentials;
  • have completed a law degree (or are very near completion);
  • are fluent in either English or French and have a working knowledge of the other language;
  • have good research, analytical and drafting skills;
  • have shown a special interest in (international) criminal law, international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

How to apply
Interested candidates should complete and send the application form found on the website of the ICTR, together with a letter of motivation, to Ms. Svetlana Martynova ( or Ms. Erica Bussey ( in The Hague, with copies also sent to Ms. Felicia Madigane ( in Arusha. Candidates should make sure to tick the box "Appeals Chamber, Legal Section" at question 19 of the application form.

  •  Internship with the “Other Registry Services Sub-Unit” (ORSS-U)

Responsibilities of the Other Registry Services Sub-Unit
The Other Registry Services Sub-Unit is tasked to providing all administrative and judicial support responsive to the needs of the Appeals Chamber in The Hague (The Netherlands) and by extension of the Trial Chambers in Arusha ( Tanzania). Its responsibilities are multiple such as:

  • maintaining the physical and electronic judicial archives;
  • organizing and covering Court proceedings;
  • organizing testimonies of witnesses by video-link;
  • disseminating judicial documents and information relating to judicial proceedings/documents;
  • conducting research on legal issues relating to Court Management Activities

Eligibility criteria
The eligibility criteria are the same as for other internships at the ICTR. However, the Other Registry Services Sub-Unit gives priority to candidates who:

  • have completed a law degree or paralegal diploma (or are very near completion);
  • possess a strong experience in records keeping and maintenance of archives;
  • have substantive experience in court proceedings;
  • are fluent in either English or French and have a working knowledge of the other language;
  • possess good drafting and analytical skills,

How to apply
Interested candidates should complete and send the application form found on the website of the ICTR, together with a letter of motivation, to Mr. Koffi Afande ( or Mr. Patrice Tchidimbo ( in The Hague with copy also sent to Ms. Felicia Madigane ( in Arusha. Candidates should make sure to tick the box "Appeals Chamber, Other Registry Services Section" at question 19 of the application form.

United Nations - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Internship Programme
The Internship Programme aims at promoting amongst the participants a better understanding of the United Nations and IFAD .  By the term “Intern”, IFAD intends outstanding undergraduates and graduates students who are offered the opportunity to acquire knowledge of a “real work” environment to the mutual benefit of both the Organization and the Intern.  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.  During this period, the intern may have a chance to visit IFAD-funded projects.

The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the Internship Programme:

  • applicants should not be more than 30 years of age;
  • applicants must be undergraduate students or currently enrolled at a university or hold a degree;
  • male and female applicants can apply and be part of  IFAD’s member states countries;
  • spouses, sons, daughters, brothers or sisters of IFAD staff will not be considered eligible for this Programme.

Applications will not be solicited by the Office of Human Resources, however, all applications must be referred to the Office Human Resources for review.
Applicants must fill in an electronic IFAD Personal History Form and forward it to the address mentioned in the form which will be retained for 12 months.  Applicants can submit their application at any time of the year.
Applications will be screened and selected by the Office of Human Resources who will be posting them to the requesting Division as and when required.
No more than 25 interns will be recruited during any calendar year on a first come first served basis. Should office facilities be available, consideration for higher numbers will be considered.

Terms of employment
Interns will be paid the equivalent of an all-inclusive lumpsum amount of USD600 per month, less any payment received from a sponsor.  The payment will be pro-rated for periods of less than one month on the basis of 30 days per month.
Interns are not considered as agents or members of IFAD staff.  They cannot represent IFAD in any commitment, accrue benefits or be entitled for employment.  They may however apply to IFAD’s vacancies after their internship if they feel suited.
IFAD will be responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging travel to Rome.   However, the costs of travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the Interns or their sponsorship institutions.   Interns who have the chance to visit IFAD’s funded projects are responsible to cover all travel and insurance costs.
IFAD will not provide medical insurance and Interns should carry their own medical insurance.  They are however covered for accident-incurred, illness or death directly attributable to the performance of official duties, less any amount receivable from their own medical insurance. 
Internship assignments will be limited to a period of six months.
Interns will be required to sign a statement governing the IFAD Internship Programme at to the commencement of their internships. 

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World Bank Internship Program in Moscow Office
The World Bank is announcing an Internship Program in its Moscow Office to provide an opportunity for selected candidates to build practical skills and augment research in respective fields; develop experience working in an international organization; gain exposure to the international development effort; and deepen the understanding of Russia's development priorities and challenges. This, in turn, would enrich the World Bank with interns' unique inputs and perspectives. The internship at the Bank's Moscow Office promises to be an interesting and rewarding opportunity for career and personal development! 

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) - Internships
Internships offer a small group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work. They are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law.

Internships can take place in a UNDP country office/ regional center or at the organization's Headquarters in New York. Assignments vary greatly in terms of content. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization.
Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year.

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:
  • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development related field such as economics, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development
  • Language skills: written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Eastern European language is an asset.
  • An interest in global mobility; adaptability to varied physical and other environments; a desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.
  • Financial Issues

UNDP does not pay for internships. The costs associated with the latter must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation etc.

Further Career Opportunities

The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but, as mentioned, to complement an intern's studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with the UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system.

Who to contact
Selection for the internships is fully decentralized within UNDP.
Applicants interested in an internship should forward their application directly to the relevant country office or unit.

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United Nations Development Fund for Women
The UNIFEM Internship Programme offers a small group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNIFEM's work. It is designed to complement women's development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law.

Internship assignments vary greatly in terms of content. They may have a country-specific, regional, sectoral, or thematic focus. However, interns are normally involved in some aspect of the design, implementation and evaluation of UNIFEM-supported programmes and projects. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization.

Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNIFEM. Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year.
UNIFEM does not pay for internships. The costs associated with internships must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc.
Interested candidates may submit an application at any time, indicating interests and availability.

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UNICEF Internship Programme
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.

Eligibility requirements

  • You need to be a currently-enrolled graduate or post-graduate student in a field related to UNICEF’s interests. You must be enrolled during the full duration of the proposed internship period.  At this time we do not accept undergraduates. 
  • You should be fluent in English and one other UNICEF working language i.e. French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese. 
  • Your academic performance should be excellent, as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Your application for an internship should be supported by your university or related institution. A minimum requirement is a letter from one of your professors supporting your application. This is only needed when an internship assignment has been offered to you.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the field of international development, particularly in areas of UNICEF priorities.
  • Ability to adapt and work in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Has strong commitment to the values and principles of the United Nations and UNICEF's mission, guiding principles and Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Additional consideration will be given for any past work experiences.
However, please keep in mind that even if you meet these qualifications, there is no guarantee of placement. We receive many more applications from qualified candidates than we can place. Placement is subject to availability of meaningful assignments.

If you meet the above eligibility criteria and are interested in submitting an online application, please click HERE. Manually completed applications are not accepted anymore.

The completed online application will be automatically uploaded into the UNICEF Internship database, which is accessed by UNICEF managers globally. If you are applying for more than one location, the online application will allow you to choose the New York Headquarters location as well as up to three other field locations outside New York.
Due to the high number of applications received in UNICEF, we will not be able to respond to each and every application. When you complete the online application, which requires your CV and P-11 (to download a P-11, click HERE) as attachments,  you will receive an acknowledgement email with a copy of the online application form you submitted attached to it.

For queries and questions, please send an-mail to UNICEF at

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Purpose of the internship programme
Internships for graduate students are available at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). These internships are intended to: 
a) increase the intern's understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give them an insight into the work of the United Nations and OHCHR in particular; and 
b) provide OHCHR and the United Nations Human Rights mechanisms with the assistance and contribution of outstanding young students or graduates.

The relationship between the Organization and the intern is one of mutual benefit. Interns are assigned to an organizational unit of OHCHR according to the needs of the Office and their own areas of interest. They are involved, inter alia, in: researching human rights issues, drafting analytical papers and reports, providing substantive and technical servicing of meetings, backstopping fact-finding and technical cooperation activities as well as field operations and supporting other OHCHR activities, depending on the exigencies of the Office. As part of the internship programme, OHCHR endeavours to brief interns through a series of information sessions on human rights issues conducted by staff of the Office. 

Qualifications required
The participants in the internship programme are selected from 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. Typically, interns do not have previous working experience of this nature. 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. 

Internship dates and duration
The maximum number of interns accepted by OHCHR at any given time is 24. Interns are selected twice a year: in May/June, for the year's third quarter (1 July - 30 September) and fourth quarter (1 October - 31 December), and in November/December, for the following year's first quarter (1 January - 31 March) and second quarter (1 April - 30 June). Unless specifically contemplated under an agreement between OHCHR and an academic institution, internships are 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. When applying for an internship, candidates should indicate the quarter(s) for which they wish to be considered. 

Conditions of service
According to the prevailing Swiss legislation, asylum seekers are not permitted to seek any form of employment, whether paid or unpaid, including internship. The legislation also extends to international organisations such as OHCHR. 

Interns are assigned to work with a supervisor who is responsible for providing them with a description of duties and a workplan. Upon completion of the internship, both the supervisor and the intern are required to complete a final report describing what was achieved during the internship. In addition, every intern is requested to complete an evaluation questionnaire on his/her assignment and to submit it to OHCHR's Administrative Section. 

United Nations internships are not remunerated and interns are not considered officials or staff members of the Organization. Travel costs and living expenses must be borne by the interns themselves or by a sponsoring institution. Interns are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for obtaining visas. In Geneva, interns are provided, upon arrival, with a Swiss ID card for the duration of the internship by OHCHR's Administrative Section. They are also provided with a U.N. ground pass, a library card and general information about OHCHR and the United Nations. 

The United Nations accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Interns must have their own health insurance. In case of illness or other circumstances which might prevent the completion of the internship, interns will inform their supervisor and OHCHR's Administrative Section.
There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship and interns cannot apply for any regular or temporary position with the United Nations during the internship and for a period of six months following the expiration date thereof. 

Interns are expected to work full-time and to carry out the duties assigned to them. They do not accrue annual leave during the period of the internship. Otherwise they are bound by the same duties and obligations as regular staff members; in particular, all confidential and unpublished information obtained during the internship may not be used by interns without the written authorization of the United Nations. 

Procedure for applying
Applicants should submit the following documentation: 

  • a covering letter stating the reason for applying to the internship programme, indicating the benefits which are expected to be derived from the internship and career goals;
  • a duly completed and signed internship application form;
  • a list of courses taken and transcripts of grades;
  • sample of their research work.

Closing dates for applications are 30 April for the May/June selection and 31 October for the November/December selection. 

Selected candidates are normally informed approximately one month before the starting date of the internship. Due to the large number of applicants, OHCHR is unable to inform unsuccessful candidates. Unsuccessful candidates may re-apply for following periods. 

Address for applications
Internship Programme - Intersnship Coordinator - Administrative Section
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Contact Information:

Global Development Institute

33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC
Canada V2S 7M8

Garry Fehr
Director, GDI

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