Volunteer Internship

Job description

UN WATCH VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIPS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is UN Watch? 

UN Watch is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Geneva, Switzerland whose mission is to monitor the performance of the United Nations according to the yardstick of its Charter and to protect human rights for all. UN Watch believes in strengthening the role of democracies within the UN and in the Charter’s guarantee of equal treatment for all nations large and small. UN Watch is at the forefront in the struggle against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias at the UN. For more information, please visit www.unwatch.org.

 

Does UN Watch offer paid internships? 

No, unfortunately, UN Watch cannot offer a salary to interns due to visa complications. The only internships we offer are on a volunteer basis. Interns must find their own funding for travel, health insurance, daily living, lodging and all other costs. Geneva is an expensive city.


Are scholarships available for UN Watch interns?
Yes, a limited number of scholarships are available to top internship applicants. More information will be provided to eligible applicants during the interview process.
 

When are UN Watch internships available, and for how long do they last? 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  You should normally apply at least six months in advance, by filling out the application form provided at the bottom, indicating your desired dates. Internships typically last between 2 to 3 months. Internship dates must overlap with one of the three annual sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, each March, June, and September.

 

What are an intern’s activities and responsibilities? 

The activities and responsibilities of an intern typically include a broad range of substantive and administrative research functions, and may depend on the skill set and background of the applicant. Substantive responsibilities can include research and writing of reports, drafting correspondence, monitoring and reporting on meetings at the UN, attending and reporting on meetings with diplomats and UN officials, fact-checking and taking notes. Interns also participate in all administrative responsibilities, which regularly include website maintenance, answering telephones, making photocopies and filing, events support and other office tasks.

 

Does UN Watch have offices outside Geneva? 

The only office in which internships are offered is in Geneva, opposite the European headquarters of the United Nations. 

 

Requirements

To qualify, applicants must have:

  • at least one year of university studies;
  • a strong interest in international relations or human rights;
  • excellent English writing ability, preferably demonstrated by publications;
  • a demonstrable commitment to the UN Watch mission;
  • interest in combating anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias;
  • ability to work in a small, team-oriented environment operating under strict deadlines, flexibility, patience, initiative, and intellectual curiosity.