Internship: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of International Trade

The UNU-CRIS Internship Programme provides an opportunity to experience first-hand the operations at a research institute within the UN system. The programme places a strong emphasis on training and guidance to ensure a successful and beneficial internship. The programme also encourages interns to advance their own studies related to global and regional governance by contributing to the institute’s policy-relevant research projects.

UNU-CRIS currently seeks applications for a research internship position for a joint research program of the Economic Interactions and the Climate and Natural Resources clusters. The position is set within a work package on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of international trade and consists of a critical review of the role of regional and international organisations. In particular should be reviewed which agencies and organisations are involved, how the EIA of international trade is operationalised and which methodologies are applied. The aim of this review is to provide useful elements to highlights gaps and needs and formulate a set of recommendations about the methodology and institutional organisation of the EIA of international trade. The position will last between 3 and 6 months. This role will ideally be fulfilled onsite at our premises in Bruges on a full-time basis, however there is a possibility that it is partly undertaken remotely and/or via flexible working arrangements.


Selection criteria

Applicants should:

  • be enrolled in, or have recently completed within two years, a graduate (second university degree or equivalent) or postgraduate degree programme (master’s or doctoral level).
  • have an academic record or a demonstrated interest in research in the field of environmental impact assessment or international trade.
  • have preferably a background or education in economics, sustainable development assessment or environmental science/ engineering
  • possess relevant qualitative or quantitative data collection and analytical skills.
  • have good time management and organisational capacities and be able to deal autonomously with different tasks at the same time.
  • be a proactive team-player.
  • be committed to the mission of the UN and to UNU’s mandate.


Financial provisions

UNU-CRIS provides a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. The amount is adjusted every month according to UNDP scales (approximately 900 Euro per month for internships undertaken in Belgium). In case of remote work, the remuneration rate will be adjusted to the home country of the successful applicant.


Application procedure

If you are interested in participating in this programme you should complete and submit the application form on or before 31 January. Please indicate a preferred starting date between February and April 2022 your application.


Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • CV;
  • Letter of Motivation;
  • Two Letters of Recommendation.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions about the internship programme shall be directed to Andrew Dunn.


Selected applicants will be informed by email of the final decision within a week of the closing deadline. The selected applicants must confirm their decision to take up an offer one week after being contacted. The Research Internship Programme is competitive and unfortunately only a small percentage of applicants can be accepted. UNU-CRIS is committed to promote and achieve gender parity and geographical diversity in its workforce.


You can read about previous experiences from the programme here.