Join UNHCR as a Legal Intern: Apply Now!!

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Application Closes on December 18, 2023

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. We deliver life-saving assistance, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place called home where they can build a better future. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality. We work in over 130 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

General description of internship

  • Assisting in the counseling of persons of concern to UNHCR
  • Monitoring and analyzing Belgian asylum law and practice
  • Researching country of origin information and a variety of refugee and statelessness issues
  • Drafting documents including reports and correspondence, and responding to information requests
  • Writing, editing and translating texts (in English, Dutch and French, according to native language)
  • Assisting with the organization of events
  • Assisting with general office tasks

In order to be considered eligible for an internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Be a recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme, preferable in law, political sciences and / or international relations; from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of UNHCR.
  • Not have immediate relatives (father, mother, brother, or sister) working for UNHCR as a staff member on any contract type or as an affiliate at the time of application..
  • Candidates who are not nationals of Belgium must hold a valid residence/work permit in Belgium at the time of application
  • Applicants should be Dutch or French speakers at native level, and master the other respective language (French or Dutch) at working level (B1-B2), in addition to an excellent command of written and spoken English. ; and
  • Evidence of previous experience and/ or a strong interest in refugee matters or human rights are appreciated.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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