• Voluntarily
  • Geneva

UNRISD is currently accepting applications for an internship position, starting in June 2019, to assist with work related to its Social Policy and Development programme. This will include preparing final publications for a research project on New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives From and For the Global South, as well as activities related to new project development.

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes interdisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues. Their aim is to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.

The primary duties of the intern will include –

  1. providing research assistance for the projects indicated above, and other related projects as required;
  2. assisting with proofreading, copyediting and preparing publications;
  3. contributing to ongoing tasks related to project development, fundraising activities and general administration;
  4. producing a short paper, literature review, article or similar output, on a subject related to the Social Policy for Development programme.

This is an unpaid internship and therefore, UNRISD will not be responsible for interns’ travel expenses to and from Geneva, or for mandatory medical insurance during the period of the internship. As UN internships are currently not remunerated, applicants wishing to undertake a part-time internship will be actively considered.

The usual duration of the internship is three months with the possibility of extension up to six months.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 12 May 2019 (23:59 Central European Time), with a start date in June 2019, to be mutually agreed. It is to be noted that, due to limited staff resources, only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.




  • The interns will get the opportunity work with one of the institutes of United Nations.
  • For more detailed info about benefits, please check the official website.


  • The applicant should be pursuing, or have completed, a degree in social policy, development policy, public policy or another related social science discipline, dealing with developing countries as cases;
  • At the time of application, applicants must meet one of the following requirements (as per UN Secretariat rules regarding interns);
    • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
    •  be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) or;
    •  have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (i) and (ii) above) and, if selected, commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and proofreading skills in English, other UN languages an asset;
  • Ability to work effectively on a team; and
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and take initiative.
  • An interest in topics covered by the above-mentioned projects/events.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Interested applicants who have the required qualifications, are requested to apply online by clicking the “Apply Now” link below.

Application Deadline: May 12, 2019

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