Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to the United Nations – Human Rights Section – in Geneva

08.11.2022 Expired

The deadline for submitting applications is 27/11/2022.

Are you a young graduate interested in international relations? Are you curious to learn more about work of a diplomatic mission and how the EU Delegation represents EU interests and values in Geneva at the United Nations?


We offer:

A traineeship of up to 5 months within the  Human Rights Section of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva, starting in February 2023, subject to availability of the budget.

The Human Rights section is in charge of horizontal and thematic issues at the EU Delegation, mainly all human rights-related matters. Each trainee will be assigned a supervisor in the section he/she is interning. Interns are fully integrated in the daily work of the section, providing the intern with the possibility of getting a good overview of the diplomatic work of the Delegation and in particular in the policy field covered by the section.

Main tasks:

  • Contributing to the drafting of briefings,
  • Preparing draft reports on EU/OHCHR/Human Rights-related meetings, conferences and events,
  • Overall analysis of Human Rights policies in various countries,
  • Participation in the Human Rights Council and Universal Periodic Review meetings as well as various working groups.

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Excellent drafting skills in English, knowledge of French would be a strong advantage; diploma/studies in the field of/related to Human Rights would be an additional asset.
  • Knowledge of the workings of the European Union and of the United Nations would also be advantages.

How to apply?

Candidates must apply to the e-mail address  and send the following documents:

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Funded Traineeship - Human Rights Section (you may only apply to 1 traineeship per delegation, however based on your profile, the delegation could offer you a traineeship in another section).

Important information to read before applying

Before applying you are requested to examine the dedicated website as well as the general eligibility criteria for a paid traineeship (Article 8 of the Decision ADMIN(2017)28 – Paid traineeship)

Each selected trainee will receive a monthly grant to cover living expenses. All costs related to travel inside the country of residence, visa, insurance, accommodation must be borne by the trainee.

Applications from non-eligible candidates will not be considered. After the evaluation of all applications, shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. In case the selected candidate is not able to present the required documents, his/her candidacy will be rejected.

Non-resident candidates must provide proof that they will be covered against the risk of a pandemic and the costs of repatriation.

The traineeships can only be offered in compliance with the local legislation as well as the legislation of the country of origin. In assessing the applications received, account will need to be taken of the COVID-19 situation and its possible effects on access possibilities to the country of assignment and thus candidates currently residing in country of assignment might be preferred.

The Delegation informs that even if our Headquarters confirm the eligibility of the selected candidate, traineeships could be postponed, suspended or even cancelled considering the very evolving context of the COVID-19 outbreak in the host country as well as in the country of origin. The same rule apply if a selected candidate is unable to reach the country of assignment.