Internship programme

The ISSC’s internship programme provides students an opportunity to gain exposure to work in an international, multicultural science management environment. Interns learn about the various activities and programmes of the ISSC, have access to the ISSC library and various publications, participate in ISSC events and meetings, and thus gain an insight into the interdisciplinary work done within the social sciences. They will have the opportunity to interact with eminent professionals in the social sciences, establish key contacts, and build on their knowledge and skills in the social sciences, in science policy, as well as research and organisational management. It will also enable them to get acquainted with the work done by UNESCO and to participate in the various meetings and cultural events it organises.

Over the years, the ISSC has hosted interns from all parts of the world, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Guinea, Niger, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Senegal, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and DR Congo.

The ISSC invites applications for its Internship Programme at the Council’s office based at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Applicants are selected and appointed by the Executive Director on a competitive basis. The internship may be arranged between the individual and the ISSC or, for students seeking academic credit, between the student’s home university and the ISSC.


Eligibility and requirements

Applicants will


Tasks performed by interns vary according to the needs and ongoing projects of the Council; typically they include the following:


Terms and conditions

Internships can be arranged throughout the year; the length of an internship may vary from a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of six months. Internships are unpaid; however, interns are reimbursed for monthly local transportation within Paris (Zone 1-2). Interns are required to have health insurance and are responsible for arranging their own visa and housing.

How to apply

Applicants are invited to send a letter of motivation, along with a full CV (both in English), to