Internship Program

Selection Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor or Master program or be the holder of a Bachelor or Master degree;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in the UN, regional integration/governance studies and specifically in one of the research programs of the Institute, namely:
  1. Regional Integration Knowledge System
  2. Regional Public Goods
  3. Regions and Cities Governance Lab
  • Be eager to contribute to the research projects and activities of the Institute;
  • Thrive under pressure and be able to act quickly and efficiently;
  • Possess excellent English communicating and writing skills;
  • Be proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Be available for a minimum duration of three months up to a maximum of six months.

Internship Options

There are two options for those wishing to undertake an internship at UNU-CRIS. 

1. Apply directly to a particular project. Please see the list below.

  • Applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the application deadline. 

2. Apply to the open call. 

  • Applicants for the open call will remain on a reserve list for a maximum of 6 months and may be contacted during that period if opportunities arise. If not contacted during this 6-month period, they may re-apply.

At present, the open call option is to be self-funded, however UNU-CRIS can offer a letter of support for any external funding opportunities.

Project internships are remunerated at a rate based on the applicant's country of residence, as per the UNDP Stipend Rate. 

Candidates with an extensive interest in the study of trade and investment, migration or climate governance, or subnational regions, are particularly encouraged to apply to the open call. 

The exact start and end dates of the internship are negotiable.

Open Projects

There are currently no open projects.

External Funding Options


As part of its Erasmus+ Programme, the European Commission offers financial support to encourage student mobility within the EU. Students enrolled in either a Bachelor or Masters programme in any EU country (other than Belgium) are eligible to apply for funding through the Erasmus+ Mobility Fund so long as their sending university holds an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). 

More information about the initiative can be found here:

Flanders Trainee Program

If you are under 35 and your diploma was obtained at an institution of secondary or higher education and financed or subsidised by the Flemish Community, you may be eligible for funding from the Flanders Trainee Program. 

More information can be found at:

Intern Responsibilities

The duties of UNU-CRIS Interns involve:

  • Research tasks related to the research program of interest based on the needs of the supervisor and on the ongoing projects and research activities at the time of the internship;
  • Presentation of the work performed during the research stay at one of the research workshops, which are informal gatherings bringing together UNU-CRIS researchers;
  • Assistance in administrative and other tasks, as needed.

Interns are welcome to take part in seminars, workshops, conferences and other events organised by UNU-CRIS or its partners.

Facilities and Services

Due to COVID-19, all internships will be conducted virtually until further notice, subject to change based upon updated travel advisory. 

Interns are provided with full access to the Microsoft Office suite, and to the online libraries of the UNU, Ghent University and the VUB. 

Application Procedure

Please complete the application form through the link below. 

Applicants are required to submit a:

  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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

Want to know more? Click here to read some testimonials of former interns.