Human Rights Internships in Vienna (UN, FRA, OSCE)

Human Rights Internships Vienna


The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has an ongoing internship program for recent college graduates who are interested in working in the field of human rights. During the internship, workers receive experience that can help open the doors to future opportunities. Those who receive a position will work for 40 hours five days per week in the FRA’s offices in Vienna, Austria. Interns may be assigned to one of six offices within the FRA: the directorate, administration, human resources and planning, communications and outreach, freedoms and justice and equality and citizens’ rights. Duties vary from department to department and may include a wide range of different office-type duties.

To be considered for placement, applicants for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights internship program must already hold a bachelor’s degree. Only applicants from one of the 28 member nations of the European Union or from Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be considered. Fluency in English and one other EU language is also required.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe offers a limited number of placements for interns at its field offices and commissions throughout Europe. Specific internships vary based on the current needs of the OSCE placements usually lasting from 2 to 6 months. While there is no compensation provided for the human rights internships, individuals who are not from the local area where they are placed may receive funds to help cover living expenses.

Duties and daily activities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe internships vary based on the location of the placement but typically include a variety of office work. Placements may be located in Austria, the Netherlands, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine, Tajikistan or Kyrgyzstan. To be considered for a placement, students must be in their final year of college at the undergraduate or graduate level or have graduated within the last year. Fluency in English is mandatory. For some placements, fluency in Russian may also be required.

United Nations Office at Vienna and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

The United Nations Office at Vienna and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime offer placements for interns on a regular basis. The vacancies are based in the programs’ offices in Vienna, Austria, and allow interns to receive practical work experience in an international environment performing various support duties that further the human rights-related missions of the UN. Posts are unpaid and all costs, including travel and living expenses, are the responsibility of the interns. Placements are for at least 2 months and may last for up to 6 months.

Internships at the UNOV are reserved only for students who are currently enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs or the equivalent at an accredited university. Students who are completing the fifth year of college programs that do not distinguish between graduate and undergraduate-level work are also eligible for consideration. Background in political science, social science, economics, finance, computer science, accounting, business, international relations or international law is preferred. To be considered students must be fluent in either English or French. Those who are also fluent in Arabic, Russian, Chinese or Spanish will have an advantage.

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