Internship Guidelines

ICTSD hosts interns all year round through bilateral arrangements with academic institutions for individuals with a proven interest in international trade and sustainable development, and currently undertaking a university-level or post-graduate education in a related field. These positions are designed to be of mutual benefit: Interns learn about ICTSD’s work while building personal capacities and experience, and the Centre receives valuable assistance in achieving its projects and goals. With no exception, all arrangements with interns are on fixed-term basis, with internships agreed upon for a period of 3-6 months. ICTSD coordinates arrangements around three terms that coincide with the academic year: September - December; January - May; and June - August.

ICTSD hosts interns depending on programme / publication needs. ICTSD can provide limited support in the form of a monthly stipend for basic living expenses, but interns should have sponsorship and/or funding available to them. Positions may be within one programme or across several programmes. Interns must be willing to commit to a work programme for 15-40 hours per week. Interns require either Swiss citizenship or a valid Swiss work permit. ICTSD can arrange for temporary work permits for enrolled students and/or EU passport holders.



ICTSD accepts a limited number of volunteers annually depending on programme needs. Volunteers can commit to a maximum of 8 hours per week. Positions may include ongoing programme related support or project-related assignments. Volunteers must hold Swiss citizenship or a valid Swiss work permit.


Application Process

Applications must include individuals’ qualifications, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation (detailing their area of interest) and a writing or work sample. Included in the above, should be applicant’s nationality, work, educational experience, language ability and any other information deemed relevant to the position. Prospective Interns/Volunteers should contact ICTSD at least three months before the start of the hosting period.

Interns and volunteers are expected to produce a final report on their experience for ICTSD and the sponsoring institution. Interns/volunteers are to be assessed by their supervisor and the pertinent programme’s team leader and will receive a work certificate upon completion of their time at ICTSD.

Applications should be emailed to: or sent to Human Resources, ICTSD, 7 Chemin de Balexert, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland.


Equal Opportunity

ICTSD shall apply objective and fair criteria to ensure that staff members are selected, assessed, promoted and treated on the basis of their merits, abilities and experience relevant to their post. In accordance with the ICTSD Statutes, staff selection shall be on the basis of merit, equal opportunity, gender equity and geographic balance, and be without discrimination on grounds of race or creed.

The final criterion for appointment is merit. The Executive Director shall nevertheless make all reasonable efforts to ensure a balance geographic distribution within the staff that senior posts are shared equitably between suitably qualified candidates of both genders and from both developed and developing countries.

Male and female shall be guaranteed equality of opportunity and remuneration for same responsibilities.

The principle of equal opportunity shall form the fundamental framework for human resources management and shall be integrated into all policies and practices affecting ICTSD.