Apply for United Nations Internship 2021 (Human Rights) for Students and Recent Graduates

Last Updated on February 4, 2021

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) invites applications for its international internship engagements with the Africa Branch (AB) of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD).

Based in Geneva – Switzerland, the intern reports to the Human rights officer within the assigned geographical pillar. Internship engagements shall be for an initial period of three (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor.

Company/Organization: West African Institute of Public Health (WAIPH)

Internship Location: Geneva – Switzerland.

Internship Targeted at: Undergraduate and master’s students (final year), recent graduates

Internship Duration: 3 to 6 months.

Slots: Not stated.

Subject Eligibility: All disciplines

Country Eligibility: Africans

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This internship is an UNPAID and full-time engagement that provides a framework through which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United Nations by way of their service within Secretariat entities. Applicants should have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations with a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter, and have the demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs – which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme applicants must, at the time of their submission,

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme programme (i.e. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree);
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master’s degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or
  • Have completed an aforementioned academic degree, preferably in the area of law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related field, AND, if selected, must commence the internship on the date indicated in the Acceptance letter.
  • Language: fluency in English or French is required; working knowledge of the other is an asset.
  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience to participate in the programme.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Qualified individuals are required to first create an Inspira account and then may apply directly to the United Nations Internship – Human Rights 2021 and other opportunities with the United Nations Secretariat at: https://careers.un.orgClick here to Apply Online


Incomplete applications/personal history profiles (PHPs) will not be reviewed. Africa Branch managers will directly contact short-listed applicants for an interview. For this reason, in the application cover letter it is important that you:

  • Specify your general interest in OHCHR, including in the human rights issues specifically in the Africa context;
  • Indicate recently obtained academic degree or the scheduled graduation for university study currently underway;
  • Specify your period of availability and earliest commencement date; and
  • Indicate information technology (IT) skills and programs in which you are proficient.

Application Deadline: 23 October 2021

PLEASE NOTE: due to the covid-19 pandemic and resulting global travel restrictions, the internship will only start once these restrictions have been lifted therefore, interested candidates are encouraged to indicate their latest date of availability to start the engagement.

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