Coronavirus Update 

Given the current status of the Covid19 pandemic as of November 2020 and the current Red Light Alert in Vienna, the OSCE Secretariat is postponing the next Call for Interns until further notice from the Austrian Health Authorities.

Start date will be based on external factors, particularly on when local authorities and health agencies determine the Organization can resume regular activities on site in Vienna.

For information on internships at other Executive Structures, please liaise with your local OSCE Field Operations and Institutions for their updates.


What's an internship at the OSCE like? 

The OSCE Internship Programme provides a framework for graduate/postgraduate students or recent graduates or postgraduates (within one year of graduation) to develop their professional skills and gain practical work experience in an international environment.  The aim of the programme is to expose interns to the work of the OSCE and to provide OSCE departments with qualified and specialized assistance in various professional fields.

The OSCE offers a limited number of places for interns that are filled subject to the current needs and facilities of various Departments. Internships usually last between two to six months and do not constitute a commitment to future employment with the OSCE.

OSCE internships are unpaid. However, selected candidates who are non-residents at the duty station may be entitled to partial compensation towards their cost of living expenses.

Where are internships available?

Please note the following institutions and field operations accept interns to support their activities. Any future openings will be announced in advance via vacancy notice. Interested candidates should check the list of open internship vacancies on a regular basis and apply for one of these vacancies using the online application form. 

  • OSCE Secretariat, Vienna
  • Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, Vienna
  • High Commissioner on National Minorities, The Hague
  • OSCE Presence in Albania
  • OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • OSCE Mission in Kosovo
  • OSCE Mission to Skopje
  • OSCE Mission to Moldova (Russian or Romanian working knowledge is required)
  • OSCE Mission to Serbia
  • OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine
  • OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek
  • OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe

Institutions and field operations not listed above are currently not accepting applications for internships.

What are the requirements?

  • Students in the final year of higher education (university or other accredited institution) at graduate or postgraduate level; or recent graduates or postgraduates, i.e. within two years of graduation.
  • The upper age limit for applicants is 30 years.
  • Applicants should have a working knowledge of English, both oral and written and computer literacy.
  • Be able to adapt to an international, multicultural working environment.
  • In addition to these minimal requirements, some field operations may require working knowledge of Russian or additional requirements, which will be listed in the vacancy notice.

How to apply?

Please apply against a specific vacancy notice in the institution or field operation where you wish to work by completing the online application form, writing a short motivation essay in the "Cover Letter" field and submitting it online.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed for telephone and/or video interview will be contacted, due to the large amount of applications received.

Direct applications will not be considered.