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5 Paid NGO internships around the world


Alkarama Foundation

The Alkarama Foundation is an independent human rights organization, based in Geneva and established in 2004. The organization assists victims who are at risk of disappearances, torture, extra-judicial executions, and arbitrary detention in the Arab World. It acts as a bridge between individual victims and international human rights mechanisms, working towards making the Arab World a safe place where all individuals live free, in dignity and protected by the rule of law.

There are two rounds of internships available every year. The first one commences in January and ends in June; the second starts in July and ends in December. The organization provides paid opportunities for young graduates who hold an interest in the Arab world, who have a shared passion for working with the United Nations to defend victims of human rights violations in the MENA region. The internships are full-time and last for six months at their Geneva headquarters. Candidates can find out how to apply via the link on the website.

Child Rights Connect

Comprising of 80 independent organizations throughout the world, Childs Rights Connect is a unique, global outreach that serves as a strong and credible global voice on children’s rights. The organization provides knowledge, advice and connections to children’s rights defenders. It empowers the right people on how to influence and use the UN human rights system for indelible and sustainable change, at a national level.

Childs Rights Connect believe that its staff, consultants, interns and volunteers contribute significantly to the organization’s success and ability to highlight children’s rights throughout the world. The internships available are for university students and young graduates who express a keen interest in working on children’s rights. The contracts are for a period of six months and takes place at the Geneva offices. They commence in January. Interested applicants can apply between April and October each year, when the positions are advertised. More information is available on the official website.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), based in Geneva and New York, is an international non-governmental organization covering every continent. Established in 1915, the organization has worked tirelessly to bring together women, across the globe, who are dedicated peace workers, who strive to bring about change in by non-violent means, promoting economic, political and social justice for all. Using international legal and political frameworks to achieve fundamental change, WILPF influences the way states conceptualises and addresses issues around gender, militarism, peace and security.

The organization offers internships to candidates who are passionate about women, peace and security issues, women’s human rights, grassroots communications and NGO management and learning more about disarmament. Successful candidates will be able to transform theory to practice, improve skills and obtain real experience which will be beneficial to their CV. Interested candidates can find more information on the website.


Established in 2010 after the UN General Assembly resolved to support the human rights to water and sanitation, WaterLex is committed to securing human rights to these basic needs through law and policy reform. The organization has developed research and capacity enhancement tools that help to secure sustainable use and universal access to safe water and sanitation.

The organization offers a legal internship programme that usually runs for six months. Successful candidates must hold a keen interest in human rights, water governance and law. The programme commences in May each year and the position is open until filled by the right candidate.

World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP) assists 80 million people in around 80 countries around the world, each year, facilitating food delivery and emergency services in destitute areas. Working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience, the organization is committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition by 2030.

The day to day operations of the organization includes distributing food using more than 5000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes. Approximately 12.6 billion rations of food is distributed annually. The WFP offers the right candidates a stipend of $1000 per month, depending on the duty station of the assignment. The WFP offers candidates a “meaningful and impactful career” and is also committed to providing learning tools for staff members, to continually develop their careers. There are usually many vacancy’s available. Interested candidates can apply via the website.


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