Applications are invited from graduates/UG/PG students interested in Human Rights, for the OCHCR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) Internship Programme.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the Secretariat Department responsible for strengthening international human rights mechanisms; Enhancing equality and countering discrimination; Combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law; Integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere; Widening the democratic space; and Early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity.

About the internship Oppportunity

Based in Kyiv, Ukraine (or another family duty station), under the overall guidance of the Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission, the intern reports to the respective OHCHR Human Rights Officer within the area of assignment.

This internship assignment may be offered for an initial period of thee (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor, with a commencement date ranging/starting from August 2021 to December 2021.

This internship is an UNPAID and full-time engagement that provides a framework through which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United Nations by way of their service within Secretariat entities.

Applicants should have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations with a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter, and have the demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs – which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

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Responsibilities of the Intern

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 United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine/OHCHR human rights intern will depend on the individual’s background and duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the human rights monitoring, documentation, analysis and reporting work in Ukraine.
  • In particular, the intern may: assist in research, collection, documentation and analysis of information pertaining to the human rights situation in the area of assignment;
  • Contribute to the team’s daily, weekly, monthly, thematic and special issues/ad hoc reports on the human rights situation;
  • Help identify emerging and evolving trends of human rights concerns and violations, as well as response and capacity gaps, and participate in the development of a strategy to respond to the situation;
  • Draft briefing, analytical documents and contribute to the production of documentation and other reports in consultation with the supervisor and relevant colleagues.
  • In addition, in consultation with the supervisor, the intern may help ensure that the tasks are performed in compliance with relevant standards and methods of work, including for protection and safe handling of information;
  • Participate in and /or contribute to lessons learned processes; and undertake other tasks as requested by the supervisor, as appropriate.


To qualify for the United Nations Secretariat internship programme, the applicants must, at the time of submission,

  • be a graduate or enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master’s degree or equivalent degree, or higher) or,
  • be a graduate or enrolled 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 on the date specified in the Acceptance letter.
  • Work Experience: Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
  • Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in English is required. Fluency in Ukrainian is an advantage. Knowledge of Russian is an asset.

How to Apply?

Incomplete applications/personal history profiles (PHPs) will not be reviewed. OHCHR hiring managers will directly contact short-listed applicants for an interview. For this reason, in the application cover letter it is important that you:

  • Specify your general interest in OHCHR, including in the human rights issues, including their political, ethnic, racial, gender equality and socio-economic dimensions and, particularly in the work of the Office;
  • Indicate the scheduled graduation for university study currently underway or more or actual graduation date for recently obtained degree;
  • Indicate information technology (IT) skills and programs in which you are proficient;
  • Specify your period of availability and earliest commencement date; and
  • Provide three references in support of submission.

STEP 1: Create an account on Inspira.

STEP 2: Sign in using the account details.

STEP 3: Start the application process.

Click here for detailed information on the UN-OCHCR internship programme.

Click here to apply for the OCHCR Internship.

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