Internships in the United Kingdom

UNHCR regularly recruits voluntary interns to support teams within UNHCR UK and UNHCR’s global fundraising team. These internships are usually for six months, full-time, and are a great way to help make a difference to the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and abroad. The internships offered are in four different areas of work: legal protection, external relations, fundraising and admin/ finance. More general opportunities for training and developing knowledge of the sector will be available to all interns. Information on how to apply is available at the bottom of the page.


Legal Protection Internships

UNHCR is recruiting for two interns to support the Legal Protection Team within UNHCR UK. We are looking for talented law graduates with a commitment to refugee issues.

Current vacancy: No current vacancies


Goodwill Ambassador Team Internships

This internship will provide insight and experience in communication and relationship management functions as well as administration and team support within the context of an international humanitarian organisation.

Current vacancy: No current vacancies


Fundraising Internship

This six-month internship with the Private Sector Partnership Team provides support to Individual Giving and Digital fundraising activity as well as the our Leadership Giving fundraising. 

Current vacancy: No current vacancies


External Relations Internship

Six month internship to support our External Relations team. The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate with a demonstrable commitment to refugee issues and a desire to develop skills in media relations, communications and parliamentary affairs. 

Current vacancy: External Relations Internship

  • The deadline for applications is Midnight, Tuesday 13th October.
  • Online video interviews will take place on Friday 16th October.
  • The start date will be Monday 26th October, or as soon as possible.

Applicants should send a completed Personal History Form along with a cover letter (no longer than 1 page) to: [email protected]. Please indicate you are applying for the External Relations internship in the subject of the email.


Administration and Finance Internship

This six-month internship is ideally suited to graduates who have a strong commitment to refugee issues and an interest in developing skills in administration and finance. 

Current vacancy: No current vacancies.


How to apply

Interested applicants should return a Personal History Form (available on this page) and covering letter to the relevant unit in the London office.

Please state clearly within the covering letter (and if applying by email, subject line) which internship programme you are interested in (public information, legal protection or human resources and administration) and details of your availability.

Please note that due to the small size of our team we are regrettably unable to confirm receipt of applications, inform unsuccessful applicants or offer feedback on individual applications.

If you are interested in an internship starting at a later date, please note vacancies usually arise every six months in public information and human resources and administration, and every three months in legal protection. Please keep an eye on this webpage for future vacancies.

UNHCR London Office
10 Furnival Street
London EC4A 1AB

Legal Protection Internship: [email protected]

External Affairs Internship: [email protected]

Administrative/Finance Internship: [email protected]

Goodwill Ambassador Internship: [email protected]

Please note we are unable to offer placements outside our internship programme. This regrettably includes work experience or summer placements.