Internship on UN Special Procedures and Sustaining Peace

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is offering one internship position for a Master’s level student or recent graduate in human rights, peace and conflict, political science, sustainable development and other relevant thematic areas for the spring of 2022.

Internship period

January to April 2022 (ca. 16 weeks), on a part- or full-time basis, as agreed to by the intern and the Foundation. The exact period and dates will be discussed with the accepted intern and the Foundation. Both parties have the right to terminate the internship period with two weeks notice if either feels that their expectations are not being met.

Description of the internship position

The intern will support implementation of the Foundation’s project on UN Special Procedures and Sustaining Peace, but will have the opportunity to support various other projects related to the Foundation’s programmatic work on building and sustaining peace, human rights and inclusivity in peacebuilding.

Duties and responsibilities

The intern will primarily be responsible for conducting desk research and analysis on UN Special Procedures, sustaining peace and prevention, as well as on the role of the Human Rights Council in the broader prevention mandate. The intern will also contribute to various briefs on topics of relevance to the Foundation’s work.

The intern will have the opportunity to assist in the implementation and advancement of various projects through the conceptualisation, planning, monitoring and evaluation of activities, seminars and workshops. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in relevant ongoing activities at the Foundation.

The intern will be an integral member of the Foundation’s building and sustaining peace team and will be under the supervision of the Programme Manager within the project team.

Expectations and outputs

The intern will be expected to complete and submit a desk review of select UN Special Procedures, analyse their prevention mandate, compare between various mandate holders based on analysis of thematic and country reports. The intern will also be expected to provide additional programmatic and administrative support as needed, including the planning of events and seminars.

The Foundation does not offer remuneration for internships but is willing to complete any paperwork needed for interns to receive external grants or stipends, as well as academic credit, during their internship period. Employment is not offered following the completion of an internship at the Foundation.

Interns are expected to maintain confidentiality outside of the Foundation regarding the details of internal meetings, collaboration, etc. All work conducted by the intern at and for the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation will remain the property of the Foundation. The intern must therefore ask permission before using this work for other purposes.

Qualifications and experience

The internship position is open for students at the Master’s level or recent graduate in human rights, peace and conflict, political science, sustainable development and other relevant thematic areas. A special interest in human rights and prevention issues is expected. Previous academic performance and work experience relevant to the topic is a merit. Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills in English are required, as are flexibility, ability to work independently and a positive attitude.  The person can be based in or outside Sweden.

About the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation was established in memory of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. With a focus on United Nations related issues, the Foundation pursues a range of activities in the fields of security and development to promote the inclusion of diverse voices, including those most affected by conflict and deprivation, in international policy fora. The intern will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the Foundation’s international network of representatives from UN agencies, civil society, governments and the research community.


Please send your completed application to no later than Sunday, November 28, 2021, with “Special Procedures Internship Application” in the subject heading. The application should be in English and include a short letter of interest, a CV, and a short (1,000-1,500 words) writing sample (can be an essay or part of a thesis/report from your studies).

For questions, please contact Micah Grzywnowicz at