United Nations (UN): Human Rights Internships 2021

United Nations (UN) invites unemployed graduates to apply for Human Rights Internship Programme 2021.

Internship Application Closing Date: 27 April 2021.

Internship Location: Pretoria

Based in Pretoria, South Africa, under the overall direction of the Regional Representative/ Head of Office, the intern reports to the Human Rights Officer in the assigned work unit. The assignment shall be for an initial period of three (3) months, renewable for a combined period of six (6) months, upon further approval by the supervisor, with an initial commencement date ranging/starting from January 2021 to January 2022.


The intern shall support OHCHR in fulfilling its mission: to work for the protection of all human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • Communication: speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
  • Teamwork: works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Client orientation: considers all those to whom services are provided to be “Clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view;

Fields of study:

Qualifications must preferably be in the following areas or related

  • Law,
  • Political science,
  • International relations,
  • Social sciences
  • or a related field


To qualify for the United Nations Internship programme, applicants must, at the time of submission,

  • Be a graduate or enrolled in the final academic year of a first-level university degree programme (i.e. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree) 
  • Or be a graduate or enrolled in a graduate school programme (i.e. Master’s degree or equivalent degree, or higher)
  • Or have graduated with a university degree as defined above AND, if selected, must commence the internship on the date specified in the Acceptance letter.

How to apply

Apply Online for the United Nations: Human Rights Internships 2021

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