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Internship with the IPU provides an opportunity for selected undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students who are pursuing a course of study or work in fields related to the IPU's mandate and activities to:

  • increase their understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the IPU Secretariat and the application of IPU principles, programmes and strategies;
  • gain practical work experience related to their academic background or future work in the field related to IPU's mission.
Interns gain an understanding of how the IPU operates and enhance their educational experience by working under the supervision of a senior staff member. The backgrounds of interns are matched with the needs of the Organization.

Interns provide the IPU with the assistance of young talent for a limited period and offer the most recent thinking and research experience in their area of academic study.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be considered for an internship at the IPU, applicants should meet the following requirements and qualifications:

Education
  • University degree or final year of undergraduate studies;
  • Degrees in disciplines considered relevant to the IPU's work, e.g. international law, economics, political science, and the social sciences.

Nationality

  • Any nationality.

Languages

  • Working knowledge, both oral and written, of the IPU's official languages (English and French).

Skills

  • Ability to adapt to an international, multicultural, multilingual environment;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Ability to work fairly independently or as part of a team;
  • Initiative and flexibility.

Other

  • Any past work experience and knowledge of IT-related work would be an advantage;
  • Close relatives of a serving IPU official are not eligible to apply.

CONDITIONS AND EXPENSES

  • The length of an internship should not normally exceed six months.
  • Where an intern is not supported by an institution (university, government or otherwise), a stipend to cover basic subsistence costs will be paid. In Geneva, this will amount to SFr. 1,000 per month.
  • The cost of travel, insurance and accommodation, as well as living expenses, are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
  • Interns are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for obtaining the necessary passport and visa or other documents for entering Switzerland.
  • Interns are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.
  • IPU does not accept responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship.
  • Interns are responsible for procuring and maintaining their own insurance coverage for illness and accidents while they are working at the IPU, and a copy of documentation attesting to such insurance coverage should be provided by each intern on their first day of internship.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION FORM
in PDF and MS Word formats:

PDF [English] [French]
MS Word [English] [French]

Candidates are requested to fill out an IPU internship application form and forward it, together with a motivation letter and detailed curriculum vitae/bio-data, to the IPU Secretariat in Geneva. Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted personally.

The duly filled application form and accompanying documents should be sent by post, fax or e-mail to:

Inter-Parliamentary Union
5, chemin du Pommier
Case postale 330
CH-1218 Le Grand-Saconnex/Geneva
Switzerland

Fax: +41 22 919 41 60
E-mail:

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