International Labour Organization
Internship on Legal services
Publication date: 03 May 2023
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 17 May 2023
Job ID: []
Organization Unit: JUR
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)
You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments and field offices, which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, the ILO does not inform candidates about the status of their application.
ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:
- increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;
- gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.
The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.
**Please note that you can apply to a maximum of three internship profiles during the current application period. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any profile.** Note that you may withdraw your candidature at any time via the Jobs Applied section of your profile.
It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.
The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non- or under- represented member States. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided to those with disabilities in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to email@example.com
Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:
- You have no close relative serving in the ILO.
- This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).
Please note that in the context of the new ILO organigram, the naming of the departments may be subject to change.
The Office of the Legal Adviser/Office of Legal Services (JUR) protects the legal interests of the International Labour Organization (ILO) by advising the Director-General, the Office and the policy-making organs of the ILO. This includes advice on legal aspects of: institutional governance and official meetings, commercial contracts and relationship agreements, personnel and financial management, development cooperation, legal status of the Organization and its officials, and drafting and interpretation of international labour standards. A description of JUR’s mandate can be found at https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/how-the-ilo-works/departments-and-offices/jur/lang–en/index.htm.
You will assist in the work of the Office of the Legal Adviser/Office of Legal Services (JUR). Your tasks will involve legal research and drafting in international law (in particular, international organizations law) on various subject matters (see department description above). You will, in particular, gain experience in drafting legal advice and research notes. You will participate in staff meetings and other regular activities of the Office of the Legal Adviser, and you may be requested to present research findings for internal Office discussion. Those internships which fall within the schedule of meetings of the ILO governing organs contribute to the variety of services provided by the Legal Office to Governing Body committees and, during the International Labour Conference, to the delegates, the secretariat of various technical committees and the drafting committee. You will gain unique professional experience of the work carried out by the legal department of an international organization and exposure to the specific procedures of the ILO tripartite governance.
You should expect to devote 10% to 20% of your time to administrative tasks.
The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 year ago. Areas of studies: Law degree (studies of private or public international law is required; studies of international administrative or labour law is desirable). Advanced skills in using MS Office applications is an asset.
Any relevant work experience would be an advantage as well as an experience in legal research and drafting.
Applicants should have working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of the ILO’s official languages (English, French or Spanish).
Applicants should be able to adapt to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and be able to work in a team.
Experience in legal research and drafting
How to apply:
- Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs
- Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs
- Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile
- Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline.
Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), hiring departments will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected by any department for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster.
If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the hiring department for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
As an intern in Geneva, you will receive a stipend of 2450 CHF per month from the ILO, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive 2450 CHF per month. Your travel to Geneva will be at your own expense.
In addition to the amounts referred above, each intern shall receive the amount of CHF45 per month, or the equivalent amount in the currency in which the monthly stipend is paid, which is a contribution from the Office towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship.
Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field).
The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account – @ilo.org – should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.
To apply for this job please visit jobs.ilo.org.