Internships with the Disaster Law Programme

About internships with the Disaster Law Programme

An internship with the Disaster Law Programme will provide you with the opportunity to explore the growing body of law concerning disasters, and to apply your legal skills in a humanitarian context.  You will gain a unique insight into the varied legal issues that are engaged in relation to natural disasters, with the opportunity to work and learn alongside other teams within the IFRC, as well as humanitarian personnel around the world.

The internship will typically last six months, and you will be working out of the IFRC's Geneva office.  You will be paid a daily stipend, to cover basic expenses.

What will I be doing?

Interns undertake a variety of assignments, ranging from legal research and assisting in drafting reports, to developing outreach documents and regular communications. 

Key tasks of a Disaster Law Programme intern include:

  • Legal research carried out online, in Geneva libraries, and through the IFRC’s practitioner and academic networks as needed in support of Programme products, projects and articles;
  • Assisting in the development of training materials on legal issues in disaster risk reduction and response;
  • Elaborating online legal database and outreach products;
  • Assisting Disaster Law programme staff in organizing legal workshops and other meetings; and
  • Assisting in the preparation of the weekly Disaster Law news service and bi-monthly newsletter.

You will also be expected to produce one publication-quality article for the Disaster Law Working Paper series.

Interns are required to abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross/Red Crescent principles.

Who should apply?

Applicants will have a completed university degree in law, and will have studied international or comparative law at the masters level.  You will also have strong organisational and analytical skills, and be familiar with online research and standard office software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel). 

Experience with or knowledge of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, the IFRC or other international organisations is desirable.

Fluency in spoken and written English is required; fluency in French or Spanish is highly desirable, while Arabic and Russian skills will be valued.

How to apply?

The next period for which applications will be accepted will be spring 2014.  An announcement will be posted on this website in November 2013.

Experiences of past Disaster Law Programme interns

My internship with the Disaster Law programme was highly rewarding and fulfilling. I learned a lot about the law pertaining to international disaster assistance, and also gained practical knowledge of various issues relating to legal preparedness for disasters. I developed my skills both as a jurist and as a humanitarian worker and I would definitely recommend this internship to everyone wanting to work as a legal specialist in the humanitarian sector.” - Clémence Caraux (Intern, February - May 2010)

 "Working with the Disaster Law Programme of the IFRC was an invaluable experience for me; working for the secretariat in Geneva provided me with an overview of the disaster law activities of National Societies around the world and made me realize the extreme importance of establishing disaster legislation at the national, regional and international level. I also had the chance to work during the 31st International Conference, an experience truly rewarding that allowed me to feel part of the RC/RC Movement and to recognize the value of the adopted Resolutions, and in particular the one concerning Disaster Law." - Christina Vasala-Kokkinaki (Intern, August 2011 - January 2012)

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