Guidelines covering the Ad Hoc Internship Programme of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
PLEASE NOTE: The UNICRI ad hoc Internship Programme is in no way connected with appointment to, positions at the professional level and above carrying international recruitment status during the period of the internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration of the internship.
The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) accepts a limited number of unpaid interns on an ad hoc basis. The objective of the internship programme is to enhance the educational experience of graduate and post-graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds through practical work assignments and on-the-job experience, to expose them to the work of the United Nations and to provide UNICRI with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields. UNICRI will not bear any cost for the internship and all expenses connected with it must be borne by the intern.
The application form specifically designed for the internship programme can be downloaded here
Duly completed application forms should be submitted to:
Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10, 10127 Turin, ITALY
Fax: +39-011-63 13 368
Graduate students or holders of first university degrees or their equivalent who intend to study further or to work in a field relevant to UNICRI's activities.
Fields of study
International and national law; criminal, public, and comparative law; criminology; business administration; communication; development studies; economics; information technology; international relations; psychology; social and political sciences; library and information studies.
Preferably six months, with a minimum duration of three months. The maximum duration of the internship is one year.
Fluency in at least one of the working languages of UNICRI, i.e. English and French. Knowledge of other official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) an asset.
UNICRI will ask the endorsements of acceptance by educational institutions to interns enrolled in educational programme or when the intership is meant as a traineeship that completes the educational programme.
Interns are required to have health insurance coverage valid in Italy during their internship. UNICRI decline any responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during internships.
II. Selection procedure/administration
- The candidate will submit an application form to UNICRI. Depending on the current programme of the Institute, it is desirable that the candidate participates in the implementation of one or more ongoing projects, whose topics normally fall within the priorities of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme.
- All applications are pre-evaluated by the Personnel Section to determine the suitability of candidates in terms of their qualifications and experience.
- Applications given a positive pre-evaluation are submitted to the appropriate project officers for review. Due to the great number of applications only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
- The final decision on the acceptance of the candidate rests with the Director of UNICRI.
- Commencement of the internship
Interns will be requested to report to the UNICRI Internship Coordinator to complete the necessary formalities, which include signing a waiver statement and providing a medical certificate stating that he/she is in good health.
The intern will be assigned to the direct supervision of an UNICRI Professional Officer, who will assist him/her under the overall guidance of the Director, and the Deputy Director.
- Working hours
Interns carry out their assignments according to the schedule of working hours agreed upon with their supervisors, the programme is normally full-time. Interns must provide written notice in case of illness or other unavoidable circumstances, which prevent them from observing these working hours.
Interns are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and must comply with local Italian laws concerning police registration.
- Use of the UNICRI library
Full use of the UNICRI library is allowed.
Interns are required to conduct themselves, at all times, in a manner that is compatible with their responsibilities as UNICRI interns and in accordance with the standards of conduct of international civil servants.
Interns are required to keep confidential any and all unpublished information acquired during the course of their internships and may not publish any reports or papers on the basis of information obtained, unless authorized to do so by UNICRI.
- Privileges and immunities
Interns are not staff members and therefore are not entitled to any privileges and immunities extended by the host country to UNICRI staff members.
Upon completion of the internship the intern is required to prepare a report on his/her activities. The supervisor is also requested to certify the content of the report.
Warning to Applicants
There are internship advertisements and offers that falsely state that they are from the United Nations. Please be aware that the United Nations does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.