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Internship Opportunity @ United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva [Starts May]: Apply by April 14

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.

UNRISD is now accepting applications for an internship position, starting in May 2017, to assist the SSE team. The position will be based at UNRISD in Geneva.

Qualifications, skills and competencies

  • The applicant should be pursuing, or have completed, a degree in public policy, development studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, or a related field at an accredited university;
  • Good knowledge of social and solidarity economy, sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and proofreading skills, in English; strong skills in other UN languages;
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods and impact assessment measurements is an advantage;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and take initiative;
  • Capacity to work in a team is essential

While at UNRISD, the intern will:

  • Provide research assistance for the new research project on the social economy (SE) in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and other related projects as required. This includes review of the existing literature on social and solidarity economy (SSE) and public policies for SSE and assistance with the development of evidence-based methods for measuring the impact of SSE towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Assist with copyediting and proofreading of publications;
  • Contribute to ongoing tasks related to project management, fundraising activities, external relations, meetings and event organization.


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

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 14th April, 2017 (23:59 Central European Time).

Start Date

The start date of the internship is in May and it will be a mutually agreed one.


The internship will be for an initial period of three months, with the possibility of extension.


Interns are not financially remunerated.


  • Due to limited staff resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • UNRISD is not responsible for interns’ travel expenses to and from Geneva, or for mandatory medical insurance during the period of the internship.
  • This UNRISD internship is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the UN Internship Programme.

Please click here for the Application Form.

For further details, click here.

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