The International Law Programme (ILP) offers internship positions for fresh law  graduates interested in enhancing their knowledge and gaining practical experience in the field of international law, international environmental law and sustainable development.

ILP also offers a limited number of internship positions for university graduates in translation and interpretation from English into French and Spanish, who would like to improve the use of their legal terminology and be familiar with the United Nations editing rules.

The ILP welcomes applications from qualified candidates to work for a period of six months on a full-time and unpaid basis at the headquarters of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Applicants must demonstrate eagerness to learn about international law or apply their technical knowledge of legal translation and have an academic background in related fields.

Interns have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution towards UNITAR’s work and to gain work experience in the areas of international law, sustainable development, project management and/or translation of legal documents. They are expected to assume a high level of responsibility, along with being highly committed and proactive. Depending on the level of experience, interns will be responsible for core tasks related to the courses administered by the ILP such as assisting in the management of training activities; organizing workshops; managing databases and preparing/proofreading reports and publications.

There are two components of the ILP's Internship Programme: international law and international environmental law.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Postgraduate degree in international law, international environmental law, international relations, or political science. Postgraduate degree in legal translation, for candidates holding a university degree in translation.
  • Interest in international law, international environmental law and/or sustainable development
  • Interest in translating legal documents issued from a United Nations institution
  • Interest in working for developing countries
  • Interest in working in a multicultural environment

Required Competencies

  • Communication: ability to write in a clear and concise manner; effective oral communication is also important. Excellent knowledge of either English or French and a very good command of another language. Ability to work in additional languages (particularly in Spanish) would be an advantage.
  • Computer skills: excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment characterized by sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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