Internship / Volunteers

A UNHCR intern is a person who has recently completed or is enrolled in a degree programme at a university level at the time of application.


The purpose of the internship programme is twofold:
a) Primarily, provide interns with an opportunity to gain practical work experience related to their academic programme or future work in a field related to UNHCR’s mission (e.g. international relations, international law, human rights, administration, public information, field work etc.)
b) Secondly, to provide UNHCR offices with the assistance of qualified interns specialized in various professional fields.


Although interns are neither “staff members” nor “officials” within the meaning of the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations of 13 February 1946, they shall observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization.


Internships will normally last no less than two months and no more than six months. The internship programme is normally on a full-time basis. Exceptions may be granted if it is in the mutual interest of both the intern and the Organization and upon agreement of both parties.

General Conditions

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNHCR. Costs and arrangements for travel including travel arrangements to and from the location where the internship will be carried out, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibilities of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
UNHCR accepts no responsibility for medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accident and illness incurred during an internship. Interns should have their own insurance.
How to apply: Interested candidates may approach our offices directly. It is up to the local field office or the work unit to decide whether to receive an intern or not depending on their needs and capacity to receive and supervise interns. You may also write to:
The Representative
UNHCR Representation in Ghana
Internship database: Applications for internship might also be submitted through the UNHCR on-line internship database, available on UNHCR’s website ( under Employment possibilities. UNHCR working units and offices will directly contact the candidate if interested in his/her profile.
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