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ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, with the mission to connect the world. To achieve this, ITU manages the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits at the international level, works to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishes global standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communication systems.

Unpaid Internship - Research and Policy Intern

Vacancy notice no: 1053
Sector: SG
Department: NA
Country of contract: Switzerland
Duty station: Geneva

Position number: [[positionNumber]]
Grade: [[PositionGrade]]
Type of contract: Internship
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months
Recruitment open to:External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 30 March 2023


The General Secretariat directs all the administrative and financial aspects of the Union’s activities, including the implementation of the provisions of the administrative regulations on operational questions, the dissemination of information on telecommunication matters for operational and other purposes, the provision of legal advice to the Bureaux of the Union and the departments of the General Secretariat, logistic support to the Union’s activities including conferences, the coordination of the work of the Union with other international organizations, the dissemination of information to the Member States and Sector Members, press, corporate and individual users of telecommunications and the general public. The General Secretariat is also responsible for the organization of world telecommunication exhibitions and forums.


Under the supervision of the Chief of Staff, Executive Office, the intern will:

  • Follow tech policy related events and prepare summaries/briefs.
  • Track certain policy debates and provide updates as required to the Executive Office.
  • Monitor media and provide summaries of tech policy related developments.
  • Research inputs and background information for SG/DSG’s speaking engagements.
  • Perform data and analysis tasks with Power BI (related to gender mainstreaming efforts, and other areas as required).


  • Proven research and analysis skills.
  • Proven ability to synthesize qualitative and quantitative data into clear and communicable means.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to liaise at highest-diplomatic levels.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.


Education: University degree in international relations, political science, technology/media studies, law, or related.

Experience: No work experience required.

Languages: Fluency in English.


Unpaid Internship.


Please note that a non-remunerated Internship position at ITU does not carry the same conditions of employment as a Short-term or a Fixed-term position. Mandatory Medical Insurance, travel expenses, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or sponsoring institutions.

This internship will be conducted remotely or on-site depending on the intern’s location.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the ITU Careers website. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. ITU uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. Messages originating from a non ITU e-mail account - - should be disregarded. ITU does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

ITU applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. ITU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. Achieving gender balance is a high priority for ITU.

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