Internships

Fund Internship Program
International Monetary Fund (United States)
Deadline: 31. May 2021 | Current Students, Specific Languages
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Data Entry and Curation Internship
United Nations University (Venezuela)
Deadline: 30. June 2021 | Current Students, Specific Languages
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2021/2022 Summer Internship Program - Researcher
Atlassian (Australia)
Deadline: 30. June 2021 | Current Students, Specific Groups
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Cern Short Term Internship 2021
Cern (Switzerland)
Deadline: 31. October 2021 | Current Students
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UNCDF General Internship Call
United Nations Capital Development Fund (Multiple Locations)
Deadline: 31. October 2021 | Current Students, Specific Languages
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OECD Internship Programme
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (France)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students
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WTO Internship Programme
World Trade Organization (WTO) (Switzerland)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Specific Nationality
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IFAD Internship Programme
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (Italy)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Bachelor's degree
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Development and Fundraising Internship
The Advocates for Human Rights (Online)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students
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OPEC Fund Internship Program
OPEC Fund (Austria)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students, Specific Languages
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Internships at Adobe Research
Adobe (Online)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students
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Refugees International Internships 2021
Refugees International (United States)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students, Bachelor's degree
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World Youth Alliance Internship Program
World Youth Alliance (Multiple Locations)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students, Bachelor's degree
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CAN Internship Program
Climate Action Network (Multiple Locations)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students, Specific Languages
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World Vision Internships
World Vision (United States)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students, Specific Groups
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CRY Internships
Child Rights & You (India)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students
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UNICEF Internships
UNICEF (Multiple Locations)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students, Specific Languages
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Bhumi Internships 2021
Bhumi (India)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students
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CFR Internships 2021
Council on Foreign Relations (United States)
Deadline: 31. December 2021 | Current Students, Specific Languages
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Programmes Research Internships 2022
The Leprosy Mission (United Kingdom)
Deadline: 31. January 2022 | Bachelor's degree
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Who is offering internships in humanitarian aid and international development?

Internships in humanitarian aid and international development are usually offered by either local, regional or international humanitarian organizations that work with a mission to ensure that there is an efficient and swift humanitarian assistance available to people affected by natural disasters or conflicts. Humanitarian organizations have detailed knowledge and expertise of local areas and communities and can provide the capacity to supply the right emergency aid to those who are most affected and vulnerable.

Are paid internships available?

Majority of organizations that offer internships in these two areas will offer a stipend to help cover living expenses for completing your internship. However, some organizations will require interns to cover costs unrelated to living expenses. These costs usually include travel, accommodation, visa and medical insurance. You can minimize these expenses if you receive sponsorship from your government or another institution, such as your university.

What can you learn in an internship?

Humanitarian aid workers usually work on the frontlines of disaster areas, ranging from conflict zones struck by systemic poverty to areas hit by natural disasters in a need for basic survival tools. There are many subdivisions of humanitarian aid workers. Some work in policy decision areas, while others are involved in medical assistance and public health, meeting the needs of hundreds of people.

Regardless of your choice of internship, during this period you will acquire valuable knowledge and experiences about the priorities, standards, objectives of humanitarian response during emergency and post-emergency periods. The internship will help you understand the priorities of humanitarian and relief work, including the needs of vulnerable populations for water supply, food, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, health and settlement services. In some cases, you will also learn about mental health and psychological support needed in emergencies.

Why take an internship?

Many graduates and post-graduates seek to enter the humanitarian market after completing their studies, but in many cases their job applications are rejected due to lack of work experience. Therefore, taking an internship should help you in your future career goals.

As an intern in the fields of humanitarian aid and international development you will be able to gain first-hand experience of what is like to work for some of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations. You will have an opportunity to work alongside experts in these fields and directly learn from them. During your internship in humanitarian aid and international development you will have a chance to apply what you have studied in the course of your academic program within both challenging and stimulating work setting.

During your internship program you will be able to contribute and could help bring about change in the lives of vulnerable communities across the world. Completing an internship in such settings will deepen and broaden your knowledge on the humanitarian issues and eventually may open the door to future career opportunities as you expand your professional network and form new relationships with like-minded professionals coming from various cultural and academic backgrounds.

How long do internships last?

The length of internships can be 6 months to up to one year. The duration of an internship depends on the organization offering the program. For the internship to be effective it should last at least 6 weeks, however, the duration should be agreed upon by both the respective organization and an intern.