Internship opportunities

The Geneva Forum is an innovative joint venture of a nongovernmental organisation, a United Nations body and an academic institution working together to develop partnerships in the areas of security, arms control and disarmament. We work with governments, the United Nations, specialised international organisations, NGOs and the media on issues ranging from the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons to the prevention of an arms race in outer space.

The Geneva Forum recruits either part-time or full-time Project Assistants (interns) to be based at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. These positions are available on an ongoing basis and may last from 3 to 6 months. The positions are unpaid and do not include support for travel to or accommodation in Geneva.

Responsibilities & Skills

  • Maintaining and further developing our extensive database of disarmament experts.
    • Required Skills: Experience of database management/development (knowledge of Microsoft Access an advantage).
  • Maintaining and further developing our website (, including updating our online “Media Guide to Disarmament” and “Disarmament Calendar.”
    • Required Skills: Experience of website maintenance/development (knowledge of Macromedia Dreamweaver an advantage).
  • Assisting in the planning, organisation and follow-up of our briefings, seminars and conferences.
    • Required Skills: Proficiency in French and English, organisational experience, good communication skills.
  • Preparing reports of meetings and conducting background research as required.
    • Required Skills: Background in international relations/organisations, good knowledge of international security, disarmament and arms control issues and debates.

Benefits of Getting an Internship at a United Nations Body

There are several benefits that you stand to gain, if you manage to get an internship at a United Nations body.

  • Firstly, an internship at a United Nations body is likely to give your resume a huge boost.
  • Secondly, an internship at a United Nations body is likely to give you networking opportunities that you would be unlikely to get elsewhere.
  • Thirdly, an internship at a United Nations body is likely to give you lots of international exposure. While going through the internship, you could get opportunity for travel. And as we all know, traveling as a person who is affiliated to the United Nations comes with certain perks. It always seems as if there is some sort of a special team member travel program for people who work at United Nations bodies. Through it, folks who work for United Nations bodies seem to enjoy quite a number of privileges while traveling. So, yeah, an internship at a United Nations body is definitely something that is worth pursuing.

To Apply

Send your CV and a one-page letter of motivation – including (1) the names and contact details of at least two referees and (2) your preferred internship dates – to Patrick Mc Carthy ([email protected]).

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.