Internship: Peace Talks at Interpeace

Reporting to: Head of Peace Talks

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Appplication closing: 14 July, 2017

Interpeace is an independent, international peacebuilding organization. It was created within the United Nations (UN) in 1994 and continues to maintain a strategic partnership with the UN since it gained independence in 2000. Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and always works with local partners to ensure its engagements are locally-driven. Interpeace also strives to assist the international community (and the United Nations) to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world.

The Peace Talks is an initiative that showcases the compelling stories of individuals from different sectors who are making contributions to peace in creative and innovative ways. By connecting people and inspiring them to take action, solution-oriented storytelling is a powerful engine for driving change and a catalyst for action. The Peace Talks started in 2013 in Switzerland through the Geneva Peace Talks, co–organised by the United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. Over the past 2 years, Interpeace successfully rolled-out the concept in Stockholm, Nairobi, Ottawa and London. The next Peace Talks is planned for 21 September to mark the International Day of Peace.

Scope of the internship:

Working as a member of the Peace Talks Team and under the supervision of the Head of Peace Talks, the Peace Talks Intern  will support the organization of Peace Talks events.

A skilled and experienced supervisor will guide and mentor the intern during the internship. This includes:

  • Discussing and setting the development objectives for the internship period with the intern
  • Providing the resources and support required to meet the requirements and development objectives of the internship
  • Issuing an internship certificate providing feedback on the intern’s performance

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Support the production of Peace Talks events including supporting timeline and milestone planning, support securing and developing partnerships with local partner(s), venue, content production, registration, logistics, stage management, technology, and communications
  • Support fundraising efforts of the Peace Talks initiative
  • Conduct research, analyse and synthesize information on new and existing funding sources, including governments, intergovernamental organizations, foundations and private sources.

Skills that the intern will develop and knowledge that the intern will acquire:

  • Experience in event planning and execution
  • Partnership building and working with others
  • Communication and diplomatic skills


  • 6 months, full time


A stipend is offered throughout the internship period


  • Current pursuit of an undergraduate degree (Bachelor) in International Relations, Communications, Journalism or related degree and able to dedicate six months to a full-time internship with the university’s/education institution’s agreement or;
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree (Bachelor) in in International Relations, Communications, Journalism or related degree and pursuing a Master’s degree in the near future. Applicants will need to provide an attestation from the education institution where the candidate seeks to pursue the graduate degree attesting that this internship is aligned and will contribute to the educational purpose of the graduate degree;
  • A strong desire to learn about peacebuilding while making a worthwhile contribution of time and effort to Interpeace
  • Excellent communication skills and command of the English language, both written and verbal
  • Proficiency in MS Office/Excel/PowerPoint and digital collaboration tools
  • Good familiarity with digital platforms, social media tools for community engagement and management of web contents (WordPress)
  • Ability to work under pressure to complete multiple tasks
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail

In view of Swiss regulations and requirements, Interpeace is not able to sponsor candidates who don’t have a valid work permit or who are not Swiss or EU/EFTA citizens.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates may submit a complete curriculum vitae,  and a letter of interest to

Deadline 14 July 2017.