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Nov 30, -0001

2 x Internships: Legal & Policy; Advocacy & Projects

(posted 27 October 2021)

We are currently recruiting for two interns to join the UNPO's office in Brussels, Belgium in early 2022 for a period of 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.). 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. 

The intern will be 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. 

Preference will be given to candidates with demostrated experience with or within a UNPO member community or unrepresented nations and peoples more generally. Recruitment will be made on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible.

Below we provide general information on internships with the UNPO and the application process.  In their cover letters applicants should indicate which team they are most interested in joining and why.

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.

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.