Vacancy – Internship with stipend

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 a 6-week internship position 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 URG is a policy think tank focused on the international human rights system and its impact on the ground. The URG has its main office in Geneva, Switzerland, and also has a permanent office in New York and Bogota. URG is the only think tank in the world focused uniquely on international human rights policy. For more information, see

Universal Rights Group Internship

The URG Internship aims to give the successful applicant a comprehensive grounding in the work of the UN Human Rights Council, and its mechanisms.

The internship offers a unique opportunity to work at the cutting edge of international human rights knowledge, research, and counsel.


The Intern will support the work of URG Analysts and assist the team in reporting on the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council.

Daily responsibilities may vary depending on the project and needs of the team, but would usually include some or all of the following:

  • Attending and reporting on relevant Human Rights Council sessions, resolution negotiations and side events, as well as updating and discussing outcomes with URG Analysts;
  • Event organisation – e.g. Human Rights Council side events;
  • Assistance with communications and marketing;
  • Help with the maintenance of URG’s website, including uploading new content;
  • Writing articles and blogs about UN human rights developments.

Qualifications and competences

URG Internships aim to provide recent graduates from degree level university courses (ideally at Masters level) with a first professional experience in the world of international human rights policy. The Intern will have the opportunity to have an extensive 6-week immersion into the work of the Human Rights Council and should therefore be familiar with the work of the Council, as well as the broader UN system.

Applicants should have strong research and drafting skills; a keen interest in and knowledge of universal human rights, including UN human rights institutions, mechanisms and policy; and good organisational abilities (e.g. for event management).

Applicants must have recently completed their degree (i.e. within the last two years) or be in the process of completing their degree (i.e. have the possibility of undertaking an internship as part of their degree). Preference will be given to students enrolled in a University in the canton of Geneva. The degree should be in a relevant discipline such as human rights, international relations, international politics, or international law.


The internship is for a 6-week period, with the possibility of renewal if both parties are in agreement.


The Intern will receive a stipend of 1,500 CHF for the 6-week period beginning on the 17th of February 2020 and ending on the 27th of March 2020.


The Internship is based in URG’s offices in Maison de la Paix (Canton of Geneva), Switzerland, though most of the internship will be spent at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.

Application process

Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV (including the contact details of two referees), with motivation letter and writing sample, to:

Deadline to submit applications is the 29th of January 2020, 23:59 pm, Geneva time.


Spontaneous application

If you are not available for any of the aforementioned vacancies but are nevertheless interested in submitting a spontaneous application to URG, please send your motivation letter and CV (with the contact details of two referees) along with your period of availability to