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Internships: What we offer and how to apply
Tuesday, 20 November 2007 09:13




ISHR’s internship programme provides a wide range of opportunities for students and recent graduates who intend to work in the field of human rights.


ISHR recruits all year long and interns participate in ISHR's work in both Geneva and New York.


ISHR internships offer you a unique opportunity to learn about the workings of the international human rights system and the functioning of human rights NGOs. An internship will increase your understanding of current human rights issues at the international, regional and national levels. It will also enable you to develop your skills and behavioural competencies for future employment in the human rights sector.


At the end of the internship, you will have:


• Acquired valuable experience of working in a human rights NGO


• Gained extensive exposure to the UN human rights system and its mechanisms


• Developed your skills and knowledge through a professional development and training programme



Requirements for Geneva internships:


Geneva is the hub of international human rights activity and the focus of much activity by governments and national and regional human rights organisations.


Please note that if you are a non-EU/EFTA citizen and the internship is not integral to your studies, or if you are a non-EU/EFTA citizen and have already completed an internship in Geneva, we may not be able to secure your work visa.


All successful candidates will need to provide a bank statement and a letter from a guarantor to demonstrate that you can cover your expenses in Geneva (2,500chf per month).


We offer full-time and part-time internships from 3-6 months to work with the UN monitoring team, the Regional and National Human Rights Defenders Programme team, the training team, the communications team, the finance and administrative team and the fundraising team.


We strongly favour applications from those who are willing to commit to a longer internship. Applications should be forwarded at least three months in advance of the anticipated start date in order to ensure work permit and visa. Applications for internships are accepted all year round unless otherwise stated on this webpage.


Providing financial support for the ISHR internship programme

The ISHR internship programme is unique. The long running programme ensures our interns exceptional opportunities to observe first-hand and learn about the UN human rights system in situ in Geneva and New York while providing an invaluable service to ISHR.

Without our interns, ISHR's work would suffer on all levels: we would not be able to produce our Human Rights Monitor Quarterly on all the major developments in the UN human rights system; we would not be able to provide timely updates and training to our international network of human rights defenders. Our interns are integral to the services and resources we offer to those who defend human rights around the world. Their contribution to our work and that of the human rights movement makes an enormous difference.


ISHR is not in a position to offer remuneration to interns. This has two main repercussions. Firstly, the personal financial implications of undertaking an internship in Geneva limit the geographical and social diversity of our applicants. Secondly, the average length of an internship with us is up to four months. With greater financial support ISHR would be able to maintain longer internships of up to six months for individuals from a wider range of backgrounds, mutually benefitting ISHR and the interns themselves. Find out more about financially supporting ISHR's internship programme, here.


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