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Internship: Social Policy and Development

  • Closing date: 4 Feb 2018
  • Vacancy number: INT 106


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. Through our work, we aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.

UNRISD is now accepting applications for an internship position, starting in February 2018, to assist with the Social Policy and Development programme. Specifically, the intern will work on the ongoing project New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South, and will assist with the development of new projects, as well as other tasks.

While at UNRISD, the intern will be asked to:
  • provide research assistance for the projects indicated above, and other related projects as required;
  • work with external partners and assist in planning and facilitating events and workshops;
  • assist with the copyediting, proofreading and formatting of documents for publication;
  • contribute to ongoing tasks related to project management, fundraising activities and general administration;
  • produce a short paper, literature review, article or similar output, on a subject related to the Social Policy and Development programme.

Qualifications, skills and competencies:
  • 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;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and editorial skills in English; other UN languages an asset;
  • Ability to work effectively on a team;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and take initiative; and
  • Interest in topics related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its relationship to social policy and welfare would be an asset..

This UNRISD internship is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the UN Internship Programme.
  • At the time of application, applicants must meet one of the following requirements (as per UN Secretariat rules regarding interns)
    (i) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)
    (ii) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
    (iii) 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.
  • Interns are not financially remunerated.
  • UNRISD is not responsible for interns' travel expenses to and from Geneva, or for mandatory medical insurance during the period of the internship.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 4 February 2018 (23:59 Central European Time), with a start date in mid to late February 2018, to be mutually agreed.

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

While full-time internships are preferred, part-time arrangements will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to be considered for a part-time internship, please make note of it in your application.

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this position, please apply online by clicking the button below.

Please use the "motivation" section for a cover letter specifying your interests and qualifications.

Please use the “statement” section to explain your understanding of our projects as well as your ideas to contribute to them. Kindly note that, due to limited staff resources, only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.

UNRISD vacancies are posted at www.unrisd.org/vacancies. We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts service to be informed promptly of any openings.