UNU-CRIS Internship Programme 2018 for Graduate Students

UNU-CRIS Internship Programme 2018 for Graduate Students

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Call for application for the 2018 UNU-CRIS Internship Programme is ongoing. The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) offers students with a demonstrated interest and background in regional integration studies the opportunity to take part in the activities of the Institute. Internships are intended for graduate students.

The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), established in 2001, is one of the research and training institutes of the United Nations University (UNU) network. UNU is the academic arm of the United Nations, headquartered in Tokyo.

The network consists of 16 institutes and programmes worldwide, engaging in research and capacity development in order to support the universal goals of the UN. Through UNU, leading scholars from around the world are brought together to generate innovative and policy relevant knowledge, contributing to a brighter future.

Interns’ Responsibilities

The duties of UNU-CRIS Interns involve:

  • Research tasks related to the research programme of interest based on the needs of the supervisor and on the ongoing projects and research activities at the time of the internship;
  • Presentation of the work performed during the research stay at one of the research brunches, which are informal gatherings bringing together UNU-CRIS researchers;
  • Assistance in administrative and other tasks, as needed.
  • Interns are welcome to take part in seminars, workshops, conferences and other events organised by UNU-CRIS, including informal briefings and roundtable discussions.


  • Office space, computer facilities and access to the libraries of UNU-CRIS, UNU, Ghent University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the College of Europe are provided. While traineeships and internship are non-remunerated, travel costs incurred by the attendance of UNU-CRIS related events are reimbursed;
  • In addition, Bruges’ favourable location close to Brussels provides direct access to the seat of the European Union and other international organisations, as well as a number of universities and research centres based in the Belgian capital;
  • Although admitted candidates are required to arrange their own travel, housing and health insurance, UNU-CRIS will provide advice and support to help facilitate the search process.


Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a Master programme or holder of a Master degree;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in the UN and regional integration studies and specifically in one of the research programmes of the Institute, namely:
    • The Role of Regions in Global Governance
    • The United Nations and Regional Public Goods
    • Changing Patterns of Regional and Global Governance
  • Be eager to contribute to the research projects and activities of the Institute;
  • Thrive under pressure and be able to act quickly and efficiently;
  • Possess excellent English communicating and writing skills;
  • Be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Be available for a minimum duration of three months up to a maximum of six months.


UNU-CRIS launches calls for applications twice a year. The deadline for the first call is 1 May, the deadline for the second call is 1 November. Candidates are expected to start in July and January respectively at the earliest, beginning of October and April respectively at the latest. The exact start and end dates of the internship are negotiable.

Interested candidates shall submit their application in English to Mr. Ewout Ramon.

Applications must include:

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information, visit UNU-CRIS Internship.