UNPO is recruiting!

May 31, 2023

Open Position

Assistant to the Secretary General - Geneva or Remote based (6 months)

We are seeking a motivated and detailed-oriented intern to serve as assistant to the Secretary General. The selected candidate will work closely with the Secretary General to assist with administrative tasks, coordinate meetings, and handle various projects critical to the UNPO success. This internship offers a unique opportunity for individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in gaining insight into executive-level operations within a dynamic organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the General Secretary to conduct research and analysis on key issues affecting UNPO member communities.
  • Provide administrative support to the Secretary General, including scheduling meetings, managing calendar.
  • Assist in preparing materials for meetings, presentations and reports.
  • Maintain organized records and files and ensuring easy access and retrieval of information.


  • Current enrollment in a relevant undergraduate or graduate program (e.g., political science, public policy, business administration, or related field).
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask.
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

What we offer:

  • 6 months unpaid internship
  • Learn from experienced professionals in the field
  • Learn from unrepresented peoples and nations worldwide
  • Get engaged for the rights of unrepresented people worldwide and contribute to the advancement of their rights
  • Build your resume and portfolio with real-world experience

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter to [email protected] . Please include "Assistant to the Secreatary General" in the subject line.

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Internships with UNPO will be available from January 2024. 

Internships with the UNPO

Internships with the UNPO typically last between three and six months. Interns should either be current students who receive academic credit for the internship towards graduation, or current students or recent graduates who have outside funding for the internship (e.g. EU Erasmus funding, fellowship funding from US law schools or programmes, rotary scholars, etc.).

We are interested in candidates from a variety of academic disciplines, seeking only that interns show a true commitment to unrepresented and marginalized communities. We are open to designing an internship programme that fits well with whatever academic discipline the intern comes from.

Typically one intern will work with our Legal & Policy Team, the other with our Advocacy & Projects Team. 

The UNPO's Legal & Policy team helps set the direction of the UNPO. The team engages in a variety of functions in this regarding including conducting research and writing reports, policy papers and speeches in support of members of our advocacy team as they press for policy changes before key national and international actors, investigating human rights violations and drafting complaints or submissions to international fora, organzing meetings of the UNPO members or partners to better understand broad systemic issues impacting our member peoples, and helping develop our policy-driven communications in response to emerging developments.

The UNPO's Advocacy & Projects team directly furthers the causes of UNPO member peoples through advocacy, capacity building and other activities aimed at empowering civil society groups from unrepresented communities to reach an international audience. This work includes direct advocacy activities before, for example, the United Nations and its human rights mechanims, as well as supporting civil society groups in their efforts, and delivering capacity building through the UNPO's Unrepresented Diplomats programme. The team delivers across a variety of donor-funded projects, meaning that its work also includes significant project management. 

Interns are engaged in all aspects of the work of the assigned team, supporting team members in carrying out their projects. In addition, at the beginning of the internship, one longer-term project will be developed with the intern, usually a dedicated research report, an advocacy initiative or a conference, that the intern will be tasked with through the term of the internship. 

Whlie the majority of internships take place in our Brussels Headquarters, we are open to remote working arrangements. Interns may work closely with staff located in the Brussels office or our team members located in North America or in Geneva.

To apply for an internship please send a cover letter, c.v., and writing sample (in English) to [email protected]. Please include "Internship" in the subject line of the email.

We typically receive very high volumes of applications for internships. As a result, we are unfortunately not able to give feedback to individual applicants except for those who have been interviewed for a placement.