International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Internships


International Organizations

Location (s):

  • Switzerland


The IOM Internship Programme provides students with the opportunity to learn about IOM's activities, to gain initial work experience, and/or to prepare for a degree dissertation. IOM provides on the job training to interns so that both they and the organization can benefit. In addition to this, IOM evaluates interns who may eventually be included on the roster for future external vacancies. Furthermore, internships build links with their institutions and universities


Interns are given assignments and responsibility commensurate with their experience and they are referred to a supervisor/ tutor, who is responsible for mentoring and coaching. They can be given short assignments either designed within on-going programmes or on an ad-hoc basis. Interns are not considered to be staff members but Terms of Reference, tasks, duration of assignment and supervisors are clearly determined. During their assignment, interns attend monthly briefings on the different services of the Organization and visit other Geneva-based International Organizations.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Interns tend to be students approaching the end of their programme or graduates between 19 and 32 years of age (average age is 26).

Interns recruited in 2005 were post-graduate students in International Relations, Political Science, Law, Information Technology, International Public Administration, Human Resources and Communications.  


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

IOM grants interns a Monthly Subsistence Allowance (MSA) as partial contribution to accommodation and living expenses. MSA is calculated with reference to type of education and distance of permanent residence to place of assignment.

The allowance for internships in Geneva ranges from 500 to 1500 CHF. This amount will likely not accommodate all the expenses incurred by the intern. Thus, all remaining costs, including travel, accommodation, and living expenses, must be covered by the intern or the sponsoring institution.

The following information is intended to assist you in estimating the cost of your internship (all figures indicated in Swiss Francs):

  • Travel expenses:
    • Round trip air/train/bus tickets to/from Geneva: vary according to starting location;
    • Passport/visa application fees: may vary;
    • Ground transportation from/to airport/train/bus terminal: 3 CHF (by bus);
    • Insurance expenses: may vary
  • Medical insurance:Other expenses: (additional 10-20% of the budget)
    • varies; (Interns are not covered for non-occupational accidents and illness. They will be responsible for their own world-wide health coverage during the period of the IOM contract).
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