The Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva offers internships to young university graduates with no, or only limited (one year maximum), relevant professional experience, as well as to students in the final years of university where the traineeship is a complement to their academic training.
PLEASE NOTE: internships at the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva are voluntary (non-remunerated) and create no contractual relationship with the European Union or the Delegation. All interns are expected to follow the same working hours as the Delegation’s staff (35-40 hours per week).
This program offers interns the opportunity to follow the activities of the EU Delegation in UN specialised agencies and bodies such as: the Human Rights Council (HRC), the Conference on Disarmament (CD), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). We also offer an internship to assist the press and communication team.
Internships are offered in 2 basic cycles each year: from February/March to August or August/September to February.
To be considered for this program, applicants must:
- hold a valid passport from one of the 28 EU Member States or a pre-accession State (currently Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Iceland, Serbia and Albania) as well as Switzerland.
- have completed a minimum three years of university-level courses, preferably in political science, law, economics, development studies, environment studies, human rights/humanitarian law or communications.
- be fluent in English; knowledge of French would be a strong advantage; knowledge of the workings of the European Union and of the United Nations would also be advantages.
- be computer literate.
- provide proof of comprehensive medical and accident insurance valid in Switzerland for the duration of the internship (covering hospitalization, surgery, and repatriation, if necessary).
- have not already benefited from previous in-service training or employment (paid or unpaid) with any of the EU institutions or bodies, including a "Blue Book" traineeship (NB: a "Blue Book" candidate who has not actually performed that traineeship is however eligible to apply for an internship with the Delegation)
The deadlines for submitting applications for this program are as follows:
- 30 September for the February/March-August session.
- 30 April for the August/September-February session.
- completed application form
- curriculum vitae
- letter of motivation expressing their preferred fields of activity
- (at least one) letter of recommendation from a current or former professor or employer
Selection of successful candidates will be done on the basis of a comparative examination of the applications received for the cycle in question. Successful candidates will normally be notified around two months before the beginning of the cycle for which they have been accepted. If you do not receive a reply this means that your application was not successful. Given the large number of applications, we are unable to provide replies to all candidates.
Information about this internship is available on this website.