Volunteer and Internship Guidelines and Application Process

ICTSD hosts both volunteers and interns all year round through bilateral arrangements with academic institutions or by direct applications from Individuals with a proven interest in international trade and sustainable development, and possess university-level or post-graduate education in a related field. These positions are designed to be of mutual benefit: volunteers/interns learn about ICTSD’s work while building personal capacities and experience, and the Centre receives valuable assistance in achieving its projects and goals. All arrangements with interns or volunteers are on fixed-term basis, with an internships agreed upon for a period of 3-6 months. ICTSD has an active all year round internship/volunteer programme and coordinates arrangements around three terms that coincide with the academic year: September - December (Fall); January -  April (Spring); and May - August (Summer).

Internships

ICTSD hosts interns depending on the Programme or Publication needs. ICTSD provides limited support in the form of a monthly stipend for basic living expenses, but interns should have a grant and / or funding available to them. Positions may be within one Programme or across Programmes. Interns must be willing to commit to a work here for 15-40 hours per week. Interns require either Swiss citizenship or a valid Swiss work permit. ICTSD can arrange for temporary work permit (subject to restrictions).

Volunteers

ICTSD accept a limited number of volunteers annually depending on organisation needs. These positions are un-remunerated. Volunteers must be willing to commit to a work programme of at least 15 hours per week. Positions may include ongoing programme related support or project-related assignments. Volunteers require either Swiss citizenship or a valid Swiss work permit.

Applying

Applications must include Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Motivation (detailing their area of interest) and a Writing Sample. Included in the above, should be applicant’s nationality, work, educational experience, language ability and any other information deemed relevant to the position. Prospective Interns/Volunteers should contact ICTSD at least three months before the start of the hosting period.

Interns and volunteers are expected to produce a final report on their experience for ICTSD. Interns/volunteers are to be assessed by their supervisor and the pertinent programme’s team leader and will receive a work certificate upon completion of their time at ICTSD.

Applications should be emailed to: jobs@ictsd.ch or sent to Human Resources, ICTSD, 7 Chemin de Balexert, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland.