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Internship: Social Policy and Development

  • Closing date: 6 Jan 2019
  • Vacancy number: INT 115


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 a three-month full-time internship position, starting in February 2019, to assist with work related to its Social Policy and Development Programme. This will include assisting with publications and new research on the topic Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization, following the UNRISD international conference that brought together an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars from around the globe.

While at UNRISD, the intern will be asked to:
  • provide research assistance for ongoing work in the programme conducting library and internet searches, in particular for the Overcoming Inequalities project;
  • assist in event organization;
  • assist with editing and formatting of publications;
  • produce a short draft paper, literature review, article or another similar output, on a subject related to the Social Policy and Development Programme.

Qualifications, skills and competencies
  • Education in political science, public policy, development studies, development economics, sociology, or a related field at an accredited university, with academic and professional experience in issues related to social policy in developing countries. Candidates with strong expertise in one or several of the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: social policy, inequality, elites, politics of progressive transformative change (related, for example, to redistributive and social policies, gender, environment, local lifeworlds), and social movements;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English;
  • Editing;
  • Teamwork;
  • Communication;
  • Planning and Organizing.

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 6 January 2019 (23:59 Central European Time), with a preferred start date of February 2019. The usual duration of the internship is three months, with the possibility of extension.

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in this position, please apply online by clicking the button below. In your cover letter, please specify your interests and qualifications, making clear how your expertise relates to the ongoing and planned work in the Social Policy and Development Programme, as specified in the above text. 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 sign up for MyUNRISD to be informed promptly of any openings.


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