The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international membership organization working in the field of human rights, self-determination, indigenous issues, democracy and non-violence. UNPO represents over 40 nations, minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide, and was established in 1991 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. UNPO’s worldwide activities are coordinated and implemented from the organization’s headquarters in The Hague and a regional advocacy office in Brussels.

Students and young professionals from all over the world, with degrees in international relations, political science, international law, development and political/social geography and a range of work experience have undertaken internships at the UNPO. Interns are offered a unique work experience, with a wide range of responsibilities in a multicultural environment that uses English as the main working language. Each intern is given the opportunity to develop and implement their academic, organizational, political, administrative and research skills.

Interns are expected to have a mature and flexible attitude, display good time management skills, be able to undertake work independently and conduct accurate research. The intern should enjoy working in an internationally oriented office where a multitude of tasks will be assigned.

The internship requires a high degree of responsibility and autonomy from the intern, but in turn promises an equally rewarding experience.

The UNPO Hague office is currently looking for interns for a two-month period starting end of April/beginning of May 2014. 

Please send all the documents listed below to hagueinternships@unpo.org. Any incomplete application will be disregarded. 

Deadline for application: EXTENDED TO 22 APRIL

Cover Letter (1 page only) addressed to UNPO General Secretary Mr. Marino Busdachin

Curriculum Vitae (2 pages only) NO EUROPASS CV

Writing Sample (essay/extract of maximum 1000 words in English, preferably relevant to the work of UNPO) 

Please mark subject line: “Internship Application: YOUR NAME” and indicate clearly in your letter the exact time period you would be available for an internship placement.

Send your complete application to hagueinternships@unpo.org

Applications not meeting the criteria above risk being disqualified from the outset.

Please be aware that there is no financial compensation or travel reimbursements offered for the internship.

Intern requirements:


- Genuine interest in and basic knowledge of minority rights, self-determination, indigenous peoples and human rights.

- Ability to work under limited supervision and take initiative under tight deadlines.

- Ability to run short term, self-directed projects

- Excellent command of oral and written English.

- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office

- Sound understanding of the United Nations mechanisms



- Knowledge of the international structures available to assist oppressed or disadvantaged peoples with particular focus on the European Union and the United Nations.

- Working knowledge of other UN languages and/or languages of our Members.

- Knowledge of website management

- Knowledge of office management

- Experience in project proposal development and fundraising.


For general inquiries on internships in Brussels, email brusselsinternships@unpo.org

For general inquiries on internships in The Hague, email hagueinternships@unpo.org


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