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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): UNESCO
UNESCO LogoThe Internship: This internship is available to two graduate students looking to gain experience in the ethics field at UNESCO in Paris, France.

Number of Spots Available: 2

Duration: 12 weeks

Start Date: After May 14, 2018

The Organization: UNESCO was created in 1945 in order to respond to the firm belief of nations that social, political, and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace.  Peace must be established on the basis of humanity's moral and intellectual solidarity.  UNESCO is known as the "intellectual" agency of the United Nations.  At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, people must rely on the capacity of intelligence to innovate, expand their horizons, and sustain the hope of a new humanism.  UNESCO exists to bring this creative intelligence to life, for it is in the minds of men and women that the defenses of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built.

The Location:  This internship will take place in Paris, France.

Internship Details

Interns at UNESCO will:
  • Work with the Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology Team on one or more committees/projects, which may include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • The International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (IBC)
    • The Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC)
    • World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST)
    • United Nations Inter-Agency Committee on Bioethics (UNIACB)
    • Assisting Bioethics Committees (ABC)
    • Ethics Education Program (EEP)
    • Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs)
    • UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers
    • Declaration on ethical principles for climate change
    • Book on bioethics for judges
Interns can expect to work Monday to Friday from 9:00am-5:30pm with a daily lunch break from 1:00pm-2:00pm.


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internship at UNESCO also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Current graduate student
  • Background in bioethics, ethics, medicine, health policy, environmental ethics, science and technology policy, philosophy, epistemology, sociology, public health, human rights, international relations, international law, project management, or relevant discipline in the social and human services
  • Strong interest in intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations and related agencies
  • Fluency in one of UNESCO's languages in addition to English
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team
  • Ability to take initiative when necessary

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Paris, FranceStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  UNESCO will provide interns accepted to this placement with suggestions as to where and how you can find safe, affordable, and comfortable housing close to your internship site.


Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round Trip Airfare $1,200 Estimated cost PHL - CDG
Accommodation $2,000 Estimated cost 12 weeks - studio apartment
Meals & Personal Expenses $2,000 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 Varies depending on type of work and citizenship
Local Transport $350 Public transportation, occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $5,550  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:

This program is currently not accepting applications.