The Universal Rights Group (URG) is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for universal human rights, international politics, and policy research, analysis, to fill regular three- to six-month internship positions at its main office in Geneva. Applicants must have completed a relevant degree (e.g. Master of international relations, Master of human rights) within the last two years, or have the possibility of undertaking an Internship as part of their degree. The scheme aims to encourage geographic and gender balance. More information can be found here.

If you are interested in undertaking an internship at the URG, please send your motivation letter and CV (with the contact details of two referees) to

Internship: Human Rights Research and Communications 

Location: Geneva
Duration (negotiable): September – December 2018

The Universal Rights Group (URG) is currently seeking an intern to start on 3rd September 2018. The internship is for a three-month period, renewable once if both parties agree.  The successful candidate will have the chance to attend the 39th session of the Human Rights Council (September), and will gain professional human rights research and communications experience in an exciting international environment.

The Intern will receive a monthly stipend of 1,000 CHF per month for three months (with the possibility of renewing the internship once).


The URG is a Geneva-based think tank dedicated to analysing and strengthening global human rights policy. It is the only such institution in Geneva and the only think tank in the world focused exclusively on human rights. The goal of the organisation is to support and strengthen international human rights policy making and implementation by providing timely and policy-relevant research, analysis and recommendations and a platform for dialogue for all stakeholders.

The URG’s work is currently organised around four broad Programmes, which are:

To find out more about the organisation and its work, please visit


The successful candidate will work closely with URG researchers (as well as other renowned international experts) on a number of projects, getting involved with all aspects of the research projects – from proposal writing to preliminary interviews to desk-based research and analysis to event and publication planning. The intern will also be expected to help the small team with some administrative duties, events and communications (mail-outs, website, social media etc).

The intern will have the chance to attend and monitor the 39th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (September 2018), attending key Council meetings and side-events and drafting reports on key topics. He/she will represent the URG at these events, and will also help in the preparation of our own side-events.



  • Master’s degree in international relations, international law, human rights or a related field (completed or in progress);
  • Awareness of the United Nations system (particularly the Human Rights Council);
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Qualitative and/or qualitative political research and analysis skills;
  • Familiarity with Word, Excel and internet-based research;
  • Positive and proactive.


  • Language skills (French or Spanish would be an asset);
  • Experience with social media/website management.

To apply for this position, please send a CV and cover letter to: by 19th August. In your cover letter, please confirm the period you are available, and provide contact details of two referees.