Internships for Summer 2017

Closing Date: 
25 October 2016 to 28 February 2017

ICTSD enables, facilitates and supports interaction among policymakers and influencers to craft and implement policy frameworks on trade that deliver sustainable development.

To ensure that sustainable development objectives are factored into all aspects of the international trade system, ICTSD aims to facilitate the emergence of a critical mass of well-informed stakeholders who can identify and effectively advance their own sustainable development priorities in trade policy and related policy processes.

ICTSD works to build well-informed communities, support dialogues around policy, and empower policymakers and influencers to act effectively on issues in the trade policy arena that impact national and global sustainable development. A particular emphasis is placed on communities that are often excluded from the policymaking processes.

ICTSD advances its mission through three types of activities:

Information and Communication

ICTSD provides a consistent flow of reliable, non-partisan reporting and analysis on policy developments in the trade and sustainable development field. ICTSD accomplishes this through communication tools, including eight regularly published periodicals produced in six languages that cover region-specific issues: Bridges, BioRes, Bridges Africa, Mosty, Passerelles, Pontes, Puentes, and  Qiáo.

Policy Dialogue

ICTSD creates opportunities for dialogue that bring new voices and perspectives into policy debates. This serves to mobilise a wide range of stakeholders and facilitates constructive interaction among policymakers and influencers in non-negotiating settings.

Research and Analysis

Interaction among those in the policymaking space focuses on problem solving. ICTSD thus generates research and analysis that takes a solutions-focused approach to sustainable development in trade policy and related policy processes.


Key Internship Functions:

Assist in researching and writing news stories on a number of topics with regard to Trade and Sustainable Development Issues

Help review papers, documents and articles for publication

Assist with the preparation of ICTSD publications

Assist with the organization of meetings and dialogues

Assist in liaising with partners, meeting invitees, contractors and ICTSD staff

Help to update and maintain the programme’s mailing list

Help update, improve and maintain both programme’s pages on the website

Willing to contribute to other projects/ programmes at ICTSD as needed.


Internship requirements:

Enrolled student preparing or person holding a Masters in Economics, Law, International Relations or similar

Ability to work in a multicultural environment, both independently and as part of a team.

40 Hours per week availability throughout the Internship

Minimum 3 Month commitment

Good analytical and writing skills in English

Strong spoken and written English (additional languages a plus)

Broad understanding of trade and related sustainable development issues.

Good organizational and computer skills



Place of Work:ICTSD, International Environment House 2, 7 Chemin de Balexert, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland.
ICTSD shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality.


Please submit a CV, Cover Letter (stating your area of interest) and a Writing Sample to   no later than 28th February 2017.