Development internships

Students of development-oriented studies can do humanitarian and developments internships to gain practical experience in various aspects of international development and humanitarian aid. Development internships can also be of interest to students from other international studies, such as law, politics or economics.

Humanitarian and development internships are usually unpaid. In contrast to other internships (such as finance, marketing, engineering), development internships are more to complement an intern’s studies rather than to lead to future employment.

Development internships can be at NGO’s, large international organizations (such as United Nations, World Bank, African Development Bank etc) or diplomatic organizations.

To help you find and apply for internships in general, you can read more about finding an internship, writing an internship cover letter, and about the internship interview.

The following is a list of internships at popular developmental and humanitarian organizations:

African Development Bank Internship Programme
Aga Khan Foundation Canada Internships
Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Fellowship in International Microfinance and Micro-enterprise
AIESEC internships abroad
Amnesty International Internships
Atlas Corps
Carter Center Internships
Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program
Child Family Health International
Human Rights First - New York internship program
ICBL (International Campaign to Ban Landmines)
IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) Internship Programme
ILO (International Labour Organization) Internships
IMF (International Monetary Fund) - Fund Internship Program
IOM (International Organization for Migration) Internships
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders
Minority Rights Group
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Oxfam America
Oxfam International Internships
PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) Internship Programme
Refugees International Internship Programme
Right to Play Internships
Smithsonian Institute Development Internships
Terre des Hommes Internships (Netherlands)
UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Internship Programme
UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) Internships
UNESCO Internships
UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) Internship Programme
UNICEF Internship Programme
UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) Internship Programme
United Nations Headquarters (NYC) Internship Programme
USAID Student Programs
WFP (World Food Programme) Internship Programme
WHO (World Health Organization) Internships
World Bank Summer Internships
World Federation of Public Health Association (WFPHA) internships
WTO (World Trade Organization) Internship Programme