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Internships

Below, you will find a number of websites that offer internship opportunities in the humanitarian and development sector. Should your approach to internship hunting be different to job hunting? Read this article for an answer. NB: Internships are in principle aimed towards current students or recent graduates. Trainees on the other hand have in principle already one year of releated professional experience and may have completed their education for some time. Both will have a formal contract with the organisation hosting them and may receive a salary. Volunteers have for the most part no legal contract and may only receive reimbursment for expenses. The use of these terms does however change from country to country, as for example, many NGOs in France send "volontaires" to the field, and so does VSO.

For a - non exhaustive - list of organisations where NOHA students have done internships in the past (including examples of Terms of References), please see the documents at the bottom of this page.

  • ACODEV
    Acodev is the federation of associations related to development cooperation and has 90 NGO members. You can find job and internship opportunities on the website (in French).
  • Careers Group
    This site has been designed to be used in conjunction with the book 'Getting into International Development'.
  • Coordination Sud
    Coordination Sud is a platform for French NGOs which lists internships in France; French language required for most openings.
  • EADI- DEVCAREERS
    Job alert featuring vacancies in international cooperation.
  • Eldis
    Eldis aims to share the best in development, policy, practice and research. This site links with job offers.
  • Entwicklungspolitik Online
    Entwicklungspolitik Online is a website listing jobs and internships in the development sector (in German).
  • European Commission Traineeship Office
    Provides traineeship opportunities with the European Commission, including with ECHO.
  • GenevaJobs.org
    International Development Jobs and Consulting assignments in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Haces falta
    Jobs and internship opportunities (in Spanish).
  • Junior Professional Officer Programme
    Not an internship per se (and usually requires professional experience), the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme provides young professionals pursuing a career in development with hands-on experience in multi-lateral technical co-operation.
  • Reliefweb vacancies
    Important website serving the information needs of the humanitarian relief community.
  • UNjobs Association of Geneva
    Publishes web site aggregating vacancy announcements from UN agencies and departments system-wide, with selected humanitarian and NGO positions. Announcements are full-text searchable, with thematic pages listing jobs by keyword. Updated daily.
  • Volunteering Options
    Volunteering Options is a resource funded by Irish Aid supporting responsible volunteering in developing countries. Volunteering opportunities/internships in developing countries are available with Irish and internationally based organizations.
  • VSO
    VSO offers opportunities for both long-term and short term (up to six months) volunteers though it requests for the latter a minimum of five years’ post qualification experience.