Internship at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN

The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in NY is offering a full-time internship position in the work area of legal affairs and sanctions or counter-terrorism for a duration of 12 months (or as agreed), starting on 1 September 2022.

As an intern, you will gather firsthand working experience at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. You will work closely with our diplomatic staff and gain invaluable insights into the workings and dynamics of the organization and member states at headquarters and at one of the largest Swiss representations abroad. You will be in regular exchange with diplomats, UN staff, academia and civil society organizations, participate actively in meetings and negotiations at the UN and, following a trial period, work independently on attributed tasks. With the election of Switzerland as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2023-2024, you will actively provide support to the Mission staff during the Security Council membership. 


We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is flexible, resilient, can work under pressure, and is capable of interconnected thinking. As an Intern at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland you will undertake the following tasks and are expected to possess the following general qualifications.


  • Supporting the team of the Permanent Mission in various UN-related tasks, with a strong focus on the work of Switzerland as a chair of one of the UNSC sanctions committees or subsidiary bodies of the UNSC
  • Drafting of speaking points and preparation of meetings and briefings
  • Liaising with representatives from other Permanent Missions and the UN Secretariat as well as civil society
  • Performing administrative support tasks as required

General qualifications:

  • Ability to quickly grasp new concepts and getting familiar with new topics
  • Strong analytical skills
  • High trustworthiness and reliability, capability to work under instructions but in an independent manner
  • Strong interest and knowledge of current political and geopolitical affairs
  • High social competences, networking skills, enjoyment of intercultural exchanges
  • Excellent communication and social skills
  • Familiarity with the work of the UN is an advantage

Additional qualifications/interests:

  • Preferably M.A. in law, with a focus on international law, including public international law, international human rights and humanitarian law and/or international trade and economic law and a background or knowledge in economic sanctions
  • Interest and knowledge of international politics and Swiss foreign policy, with a focus on areas related to international law, counter-terrorism and sanctions
  • Knowledge of the work of multilateral organizations and the U.N. in particular


  • In order to qualify for an internship, candidates must:
  • Be of Swiss nationality
  • Possess excellent written and spoken communication skills in English
  • Speak and write fluently German, French, or Italian, with passive knowledge of at least one other official language
  • Have graduated (master) not more than one year before beginning of the internship
  • More details on the requirements are available here.

Application process:

Please apply by e-mail only and kindly indicate your name in the subject line (e.g. Internship Sanctions/Counter Terrorism: First name, LAST NAME). Kindly send all documents in PDF format only. Pre-selected applicants will be contacted within approx. 2 weeks after the application deadline and receive confirmation approx. 4 weeks after the application deadline. The selection process includes a written exam.

Applications (in your native language or in English) must include:

  • Cover page with key information:
    Name, Birthdate, Diplomas (incl. (expected) graduation date), Languages, Earliest possible starting date, Availability for length of internship
  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of university diplomas or reports
  • Copy of final grades and intermediate reports
  • Letter(s) of recommendation

We will not engage in any correspondence during the selection process. Applications for internships should be sent to:

Application deadline is: 10 July 2022