GHR Internships : Winter-Spring 2022 & Fall 2022

In 2022, our first and second round of volunteer internships will run in Winter-Spring 2022 & Fall 2022.

In 2022, our two rounds of volunteer internships run respectively:

Winter-Spring 2022: from 21 February to 8 July 2022     &     Fall 2022: from 5 September to 2 December 2022.

The Human Rights Policy Studies Department  permanently has a multidisciplinary and international team. GHR recruits non-paid interns and welcome applications from students and graduates in international relations, international law, human rights, political science and economics, who are motivated in the promotion and protection of human rights and social justice.

Preference is given to post-graduate students in law, human rights and international relations, to long-term interns (3-6 months) and to the candidates coming from universities and research centers, with whom GHR has signed contracts or Memorandum of Understandings.

GHR ensures that its interns and fellows are trained during their stay with the organization. Interns and fellows participate in the Geneva Courses conducted during their internship with GHR. Each week, interns, fellows and other members of the HPS team receive a briefing from GHR trainers on the main features and developments of the human rights meetings they are monitoring.

GHR established partnerships with universities and research centres and recruit  up to 20 interns each year.

Documents to apply for an internship:

GHR_IFP_2022 GHR-Internship 2022 Application Form         GHR_IFP_2022 Presentation Internships Programme GHR 2022


GHR considers internships as a training. The interns participate in the weekly study meetings and in the Geneva Courses.

The interns join our Programme of Human Rights Policy Studies (HPS): monitoring U.N. human rights sessions, drafting short analytical summaries of the debates and of the main reports submitted, collecting and managing the documentation of these meetings. The HPS Programme is indispensable for the quality of GHR training. Depending on their level of knowledge and training, interns may also be invited to join meetings of NGOs coalitions and to help organizing training Courses.

GHR offers its interns weekly briefings on the developments in the UN human rights system and a participation free of charge in GHR 2 ½ week Geneva Course for defenders in the regions. The Geneva Courses takes place during the sessions of the Human Rights Council, in February-March 2022 and in September 2022. 

In the monitoring, the priorities of Geneva for Human Rights are the sessions of the Human Rights Council (sessions of March, June and September) and its Mechanisms, of the treaty bodies, and of the Universal Periodic Review. GHR trainers animate a weekly meeting with the interns to discuss and analyze the ongoing UN meetings and to review the reports of these sessions.

As in previous years, GHR recruits interns to constitute a multidisciplinary and international team. We welcome applications from students and graduates in international relations, international law and economics, who are motivated in the promotion of human rights, social justice and (sustainable) development.

Applications should be sent by E-mail with the application form, a curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation:
before 11 February 2022 (for the Winter-Spring 2022 Semester)
or before 1 July 2022 (for the Fall 2022 Semester).

In addition, long-term interns are assigned specific study projects corresponding, where possible, to the theme of their forthcoming thesis, and coinciding with GHR thematic priorities. GHR also ensures the necessary follow-up to these long-term internships, by facilitating their placement in specialized institutes for their PhD and their search for jobs.

In 2020 and 2021, HPS monitored all the ordinary and special sessions of the HR-Council and its mechanisms, treaty bodies and the briefings organized by OHCHR. The Department drafted analytical summaries of the UN sessions and compilations for GHR Courses. HPS also issued documentation kits for the Geneva Courses.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic situation we may accept less interns than usual. We will update our policy along with the Swiss health regulations.

GHR Interns at a HR Policies Studies Department meeting
GHR Interns at a HR Policies Studies Department meeting: sharing tips on monitoring the UN HR bodies sessions. (IFP 2021_2 Athénaïs LEVRAUD, Nicole FRACCAROLI, Leejin KIM)