Pre-Sessions Programme & Communications Internships

Internships at UPR Info

Internships are vital to UPR Info and we strive to provide a unique learning experience that fully engages interns in meaningful work. Reporting to the Programme Manager, interns at UPR Info are given significant responsibilities, including tasks to perform both independently and in cooperation with other team members.

We are currently recruiting for two positions:

  • Pre-sessions Programme intern
  • Communications intern

Please note that applicants must be enrolled in a University programme (undergraduate or graduate degree) for the duration of the internship.


Pre-sessions Internship

The internship will include, but will not be limited to the following tasks:

  • Assisting with communications, writing news articles and concept notes, preparing infographics, drafting press releases, and drafting social media messaging;
  • assisting with preparation ahead of the Pre-sessions, including drafting invitations, booking flights, accommodation, and visas for participants;
  • communicating directly with invitees and participants, as well as service providers;
  • organizing logistics and assisting the UPR Info Team and participants during the Pre-sessions; and
  • developing multimedia tools.

In addition, the intern will monitor and report on the 34th session of the UPR Working Group and the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council.

Communications Internship

The internship will include, but will not be limited to the following tasks:

  • Managing the website; uploading documents; maintaining our database of recommendations; translating pages into English, French and Spanish;
  • assisting with communications; writing news articles and concept notes; preparing infographics; drafting press releases; updating social media;
  • developing our multimedia tools; and
  • assisting with our In-Country and UPR Stakeholders programmes and conducting focused research projects.

In addition, the intern will monitor and report on the 34th session of the UPR Working Group and the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council and assist with UPR Info’s Pre-sessions in December.

Profile Requirements

To be considered for an internship at UPR Info, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in a bachelor’s or graduate programme (second university degree or Master's degree, or higher) for the duration of the internship in one of the following fields: human rights, international relations, international law, or international development;
  • interest in international human rights mechanisms, the United Nations system, and the Universal Periodic Review (related experience would be an asset);
  • strong analytical skills;
  • strong interest and experience in social media communications;
  • experience in event coordination and logistics;
  • native proficiency in oral and written English or French (with good working knowledge of the other). Knowledge of other UN languages is a strong asset, especially Spanish; and
  • able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.

Internship conditions

This internship is based in Geneva and is full time for a period of approximately 6 months beginning in late July 2019. As the proud initiator of the We Pay Our Interns initiative, UPR Info will provide the with a stipend of CHF 1’500 per month for the duration of the internship.

How to apply

Please send ONLY your CV (2 pages maximum) and cover letter (1 page maximum) in PDF format to presessions@upr-info.org before midnight (CEST) on Sunday, 19 May 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please indicate ‘Application for Pre-sessions Intern’ or ‘Application for Communications Intern’ in the subject line of the email.

Next Steps

We are grateful for your interest in the work of UPR Info. However, due to the large number of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that if you have not been contacted by 1 June 2019, you have not been selected for either position.

UPR Info is an equal opportunities employer. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Who We Are

UPR Info is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and a regional office for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. The organisation’s goal is to ensure all stakeholders seize the opportunity to engage in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), an effective mechanism to advance human rights on the ground. To achieve this goal, UPR Info aims to support the inclusive and effective participation of stakeholders throughout the UPR cycles, including United Nations (UN) Member States, NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and civil society, and to raise awareness of the process by providing these critical actors with capacity-building tools to impact the process.

Founded in February 2008, UPR Info has held Special Consultative status with ECOSOC since 2012. Since the inception of the Review, UPR Info remains the only organisation in the world that focuses specifically on the UPR process. UPR Info addresses all human rights issues and all countries without discrimination or politicization, and this extensive experience is widely recognized by actors including UN agencies, Member States, NGOs, NHRIs and academics. As an impartial, non-advocacy NGO, UPR Info has the rare opportunity to work together with civil society and governments, and occupies a niche by bringing these actors together and building trust among them.

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UPR Info is a proud member of the "We pay our interns" initiative.