Intern - Human Rights

United Nations Secretariat

Brussels, Belgium

Experience: Internship

Skill Required: Education Management

The intern shall support OHCHR in fulfilling its mission: to work for the protection of all human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.

Daily responsibilities of Human Rights Regional Office for Europe interns will depend on the individual's background and duties may include but are not limited to monitoring developments in the Europe region and within the European Union's institutions, both in areas relevant to European Union member-states and with regards to European Union external action (i.e. human rights issues, political developments, legislative initiatives with relevance to human rights). In particular, the intern may: Follow-up on OHCHR regional initiatives in line with provisions of the treaty body mechanisms, the special procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR); Draft thematic and background materials and assist with the preparation of thematic studies and analyses, on non-discrimination, the rule of law, civic space, climate and environmental matters, migration policies, economic and social rights; Assist in the organization of workshops and seminars; Assist in overseeing maintenance and further development of the Regional Office's information and resource tools (e.g. tables relating to the treaties bodies, special procedures and Universal Periodic Review recommendations); Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports on the work of the Office; Attend meetings/conferences as requested, and note-taking when relevant; and Perform other related duties as requested by supervisor, as appropriate.


  • To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme applicants must, at the time of their submission, be enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master's degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.e. Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree), preferably in the area of law, political science, international relations, social sciences or a related field, OR have graduated with a university degree as defined above AND, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period from the date of graduation

Work Experience:

  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For this internship, fluency in English is required, knowledge of French is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Spanish would be an advantage.