Internship Opportunity at Office of Legal Standards and International Affairs, UNESCO

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Internship Opportunity at Office of Legal Standards and International Affairs, UNESCO, Paris: Apply by June 30

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences and culture.

About the Opportunity

Under the overall authority of the Director of the Office of Legal Standards and International Affairs (DIR/LA), you will be working under the supervision of the head of one of the three LA sections.

The intern will assist DIR/LA, the Section Head, or one of the Section’s lawyers in researching, analyzing, or drafting memos on a wide variety of public international law issues.

Duration on Internship

1-6 Months

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Assisting in conducting legal research on issues related to international law, including issues of international civil service law, privileges, and immunities, the law of international organizations or contract law, and other areas of specialization. The studies undertaken generally relate to complex and/or sensitive areas. 
  • Assisting in the preparation of legal advice on both institutional matters and issues that may arise before or during the execution of the Organization’s program, for example, relating to the conclusion or amendments of contracts, difficulties encountered in ensuring their satisfactory execution, possible remedies to be envisaged, etc.
  • Assisting in the preparation of meetings of the governing bodies of the Organization, or of the statutory organs of conventions adopted under the auspices of UNESCO.  
  • Assisting LA in providing legal advice to its clients on administrative law matters, including policies, agreements, and issues related to the Medical Benefits Fund, UNESCO Staff Savings & Loan Services, etc.; Review appeals against administrative decisions and assist in drafting the Organization’s submissions before the Appeals Board and the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization;
  • Attending various conferences and meetings.


  • You are currently enrolled in a graduate program (Master’s degree, Ph.D., or equivalent, second university degree or higher).
  • You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship.
  • Please note that candidates who have completed their full-time bachelor’s degree but are not enrolled in a graduate program are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants in secretarial/assistant or technical/professional assignments must be enrolled in a secretarial school or in a specialized technical/professional institution and must have reached the last year of their studies, or have recently graduated (within the last 12 months) from their school or institution.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates may apply through the link provided at the end of the post.

Application Deadline

June 30, 2023


Paris, France

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