UNAIDS Internship – Brussels Office



Minimum of 2 months (8 weeks), and extendable to maximum of 6 months upon mutual agreement.

Apply by:
20 September 2021


The UNAIDS Representation to the European Union was re-opened in 2019 and is in the process of expanding its political and financial relations with the EU institutions and related networks. The intern will support the UNAIDS Brussels Office in positioning HIV and related issues in relevant EU-funded programmes, policy, plans and frameworks.

Summary of the position:

The intern is expected to obtain hands-on experience on the work undertaken by the UNAIDS Brussels office, in terms of advocacy, policy analysis and influencing, and strategic partnerships.

Scope of activities:

The intern will develop knowledge in and acquire practical experience by supporting the following activities of the UNAIDS office in Brussels:

 Assist in the development and updating of fact sheets and background documentation to serve as input for meetings, including through desk review of relevant documents and websites.

  1. Support the updating of a strategic data management system on strategic information and contact persons within EU and partners.
  2. Supporting the organization of courtesy calls and meetings by UNAIDS leadership, senior management and thematic leads.
  3. Facilitating liaison with the UNAIDS teams in Geneva.
  4. Performing other related duties as required.

What UNAIDS offers:                                                                                                                                                   The main objective of the internship is to provide a framework where the educational experience of the intern can be enhanced through practical work assignments.  As such, interns are fully involved in the diverse aspects of the UNAIDS work at the UNAIDS representation to the EU. Interns are given the opportunity to focus on their tasks and they will support the activities of the office. They are also empowered with responsibilities to develop and manage portfolios of certain topics, which they keep updated on and follow closely.

Your profile:
UNAIDS is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic young bachelor or master student, who, as part of the course they are following, would like to spend time with UNAIDS in its newly set-up UNAIDS office and who:

  • Is currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate degree program at a recognized educational institution in a relevant course of study (e.g., International Relations, European Studies, Communication Management); or
  • If the intern is a recent graduate, they shall start and complete the internship within 12 months of their date of graduation.
  • Knowledge of the European institutions and their functioning is desirable;
  • An interest in issues related to health, gender and social policies in Europe (desirable);
  • An excellent command of English, in speech and writing (essential), as well as at French (desirable);
  • Other knowledge relevant to the required duties (languages, etc.) will be considered an asset;
  • The ability to write clearly and succinctly in English;
  • A desire to work in a dynamic and international environment;
  • Excellent computer literacy and strong skills in online research.

They are part of an international team that supports them in acquiring skills to work in an intergovernmental organization and hands-on knowledge of how major international actors and stakeholders inter-relate, at the European and global levels.

Who are we?

UNAIDS, established in 1996, is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.  It does so by inspiring global, regional, national and local leadership, innovation and partnership between governments, private sector and communities to deliver life-saving HIV services. More specifically, UNAIDS provides strategic direction, advocacy, coordination and technical support; placing people living with HIV and people affected by the virus at the centre of designing, delivering and monitoring the AIDS response; while advocating for addressing the legal and policy barriers to the AIDS response.


The internship of UNAIDS may be remunerated, subject to availability of funds and as per rules and regulations of UNAIDS.  Applicants should be minimum 20 years of age. The minimum appointment needs to be 8 consecutive weeks. Applicants need to specify in the application whether the candidate is likely to receive funding or a scholarship from an outside source.

The Intern will work remotely with the UNAIDS Office. For the duration of the internship, they are part of the information network and IT system of UNAIDS.

Desired starting date

Please make sure to indicate your availability in terms of starting date(s) and length of the assignment.

How to apply

Please submit your motivation letter accompanied by an update of your CV to the HR Administrator of the WHO Brussels Office. Only candidates subsequently selected for an interview will be contacted and requested to complete further administrative forms.

Checklist before submitting your application:

You should be able to tick off every item on the list below in order to comply with WHO’s administrative requirements and conditions for being considered for an internship assignment:

The candidate:

  • is at least 20 years of age;
  • is not related to a UNAIDS staff member (son/daughter or brother/sister);
  • The candidate is enrolled in a course of study at a university or equivalent institution leading to a formal qualification (applicants who have already graduated may also qualify provided that they apply to the internship no later than six months after graduation and provided that they complete the internship within 12 months of his/her date of graduation.
  • The candidate has completed three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the internship.
  • is available for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks and can work full time (40 hours/week);
  • has a very good working knowledge of English (reading, writing and speaking) as well as at least another official UN and/or EU language;
  • possesses good computer skills (Microsoft Office);


If you are interested in working with UNAIDS, please send your expression of interest and CV to:

Ms Celia Keller,
Programme Assistant
[email protected]

To apply for this job email your details to kellerc@unaids.org