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The UNU-CRIS Research Internship Programme 2024

Application Deadline: 30 April 2024

The UNU-CRIS Research Internship Programme provides an opportunity to experience first-hand the operations at a research institute within the UN system. The programme places a strong emphasis on training and guidance to ensure a successful and beneficial internship. The programme also encourages interns to advance their own studies related to global and regional governance by contributing to the institute’s policy-relevant research projects.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in, or have recently completed within two years, a graduate (second university degree or equivalent) or postgraduate degree programme (specialized master’s or doctoral level).
  • demonstrate a strong interest in the UN, regional integration/governance studies and specifically in one of the research programs of the Institute, namely:
  • be eager to contribute to the research projects and activities of the Institute and a proactive team player;
  • possess relevant qualitative or quantitative analytical skills.
  • have excellent time management and organisational capacities and be able to deal autonomously with different tasks at the same time.
  • be fluent in oral and written English. Additional language skills are an asset (particularly official UN languages).
  • be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Be available for a minimum duration of three months up to a maximum of six months.
  • be committed to the mission of the UN and to UNU’s mandate.

Internship Options

There are two options for those wishing to undertake an internship at UNU-CRIS:

1. Apply directly to a particular project. Please see the list below.

  • Successful applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the application deadline. 

2. Apply to the open call. 

  • Open call applicants can:
    • outline which UNU-CRIS research cluster/researchers they wish to work with and put forward a research proposal, or;
    • submit their general candidacy for consideration as new opportunities arise
  • Applicants for the open call will remain on a reserve list for a maximum of 6 months and may be contacted during that period if an opportunity arises. If an applicant is not contacted during this 6-month period, they may re-apply.

Internships are remunerated at a rate based on the country from where the internship is conducted, as per the UNDP Stipend Rate. 

The internships will ideally take place at our premises in Bruges on a full-time basis, however there are possibilities to partly undertake them remotely and/or via flexible working arrangements

Open Projects

More Info: UNU-CRIS Research Internship Programme



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