Internship with the Programme Management Unit at Interpeace

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Type of position: Internship

Application closing: 3 December, 2023

Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding that supports locally led initiatives around the world. 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.

Scope of the internship:

Working as a member of the Programme Management Team and under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer, the Intern will provide support in various functions of the Unit ranging from analysing and researching conflict dynamics and trends in the peacebuilding field, fundraising and concept note/proposal development, donor reporting, communications, and event organization. The Intern will be exposed to all stages of peacebuilding programming (design, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, etc.). The position is a great opportunity for those with a strong interest in working in the NGO sector and particularly in peacebuilding programming.

A skilled 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‚Äôs performance.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research and analysing conflict dynamics and trends in the peacebuilding field, including the preparation of briefs and background papers.
  • Supporting fundraising efforts by conducting research on potential sources of funding, donor strategies and country priorities, and drafting concept notes and project proposals.
  • Drafting, editing and proofreading of substantive materials, including inputs for donor reports, annual reports, project updates, web stories, etc.
  • Supporting the organization of events, workshops and meetings.
  • Liaising with and supporting the work of other units of the organization as requested.
  • Attending and following discussions, events and forums with particular relevance to Interpeace programming and communicating key outcomes and messages back to programme teams.
  • Organizing and taking notes of team meetings.
  • Providing logistical support for travel and missions of the Programme Management Unit to the field.
  • Undertaking any other activities as requested by the supervisor.


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

  • An understanding of Interpeace‚Äôs peacebuilding work in different contexts around the world.
  • An understanding of different stages of peacebuilding programming (design, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, etc.).
  • Open source research skills to provide sound analysis of conflict dynamics.
  • Drafting written communication (briefs, letters, e-mails, etc.).
  • Drafting documents for donors (elements of proposals, reports, etc.).
  • Planning and coordination of events.

Duration: The duration of the internship is 6 months. The position is full-time.

Start date: 29.01.2024

Stipend: A stipend is offered throughout the internship period.


  • The internship is open only to students who are enrolled in a Master’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, International Relations or related field, and who would undertake the internship to either fulfill the Master’s degree curriculum requirements, or to complement their studies. The university/education institution must certify that the internship is relevant and contributes to the student’s learning. The student must be able to dedicate six months to a full-time internship with the university‚Äôs/education institution‚Äôs agreement.
  • A strong desire to learn about peacebuilding while making a worthwhile contribution of time and effort to Interpeace.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and French;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills; past experience in concept note/proposal development and/or project Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is a strong asset.
  • Ability to think creatively and proactively solve problems.
  • Ability to work under pressure and multi-task.
  • Excellent proven organization and communications skills.
  • Good knowledge of common MS computer applications.
  • Candidates from all nationalities are invited to apply.

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organization and promoting a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, those with disabilities and those with a lived experience of conflict and violence.

For more information about Interpeace, its values and working principles, please visit the Interpeace website

How to Apply 

Qualified candidates are invited to submit:

  • a complete curriculum vitae,
  • a letter of interest, and
  • a proof of enrollment into a master‚Äôs degree,

via the following link: Intern, Programme Management no later than 03.12.2023 11:00 pm CET.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Late and/or incomplete applications will be disqualified.