Contact Details:

ISSC/CISS
UNESCO House
1, rue Miollis
75732 Paris Cedex 15
France

Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 48 60
Fax: +33 (0)1 45 68 48 62

isscworldsocialscience.org

internship programme

Programme Overview

The ISSC’s internship programme provides students an opportunity to gain exposure to work in an international, multicultural science management environment. Interns will learn about the various activities and programmes of the ISSC, have access to the ISSC library and publications, participate in ISSC events and meetings, and thus gain an insight into the interdisciplinary work done in 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.

In the past two decades, the ISSC has hosted interns from all over the world, including from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Guinee, Niger, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Senegal, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, the 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

  • Be graduates (in their final year of study), postgraduates or young professionals (under 30 years of age) from a social science discipline or related fields;
  • Have good verbal and written knowledge of English; a working knowledge of French is an advantage;
  • Have basic computer literacy, including internet skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook.

Duties

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

  • Carrying out general administrative tasks
  • Organising and attending meetings, workshops or conferences
  • Drafting reports and minutes, editing documents
  • Researching information for think pieces, reports or policy documents
  • Updating the ISSC website, web editing
  • Archiving and cataloguing of ISSC library material

Terms and conditions

  • Internships can be arranged throughout the year; the length of an internship may vary from a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of one year.
  • Interns are expected to work full-time (35 hours a week) at the ISSC Secretariat in Paris.
  • 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.
  • Interns receive a certificate on completion of the internship.

How to apply

There  are no application deadlines or standard application forms. Applicants are invited to send a cover letter, in which they motivate their interest in participating in the Council’s Internship Programme, as well as a cv (both in English), by post or email to the ISSC Secretariat:

The Executive Director
ISSC/CISS
1 rue Miollis 75732
Paris Cedex 15
France

Tel. +33 (0) 1 45.68.48.60
Fax. +33 (0) 1 45.68.48.62
E-mail: isscworldsocialsience.org

Interns’ Experiences

My ISSC internship
by Joe Gillett, UK”The ISSC staff made me feel very welcome when I joined as an intern in 2009. At the time the organisation was carrying out a series of new projects: launching their first World Social Science Forum in Bergen, Norway; finalising the latest World Social Science Report; and designing the World Social Science Fellows Programme. These interesting projects generated work of a varied nature and helped in the development of my communication, organisational and research skills…” [more...]
On being an ISSC intern
by Surabhi Potdar, India”My anxiety about working for the first time for an international organisation abroad was quickly dispelled by my wonderful colleagues, including our Secretary-General, who integrated me very easily into the team in a very short span of time. They were always ready to give not only advice and support but also to share laughs and fruit bars (for post-lunch hunger pangs!)…”[ more…]
What I gained from being an ISSC intern
by Yoriko Matsumoto, Japan” - Our motivation is much encouraged by having a role model- a lecturer of education explained with statistical data in a class last year. The ISSC office has enlarged my dream because everyone who works here is intelligent, elegant, humorous, and warm-hearted. And they seem to enjoy their lives very much. Although I used to believe that having both a family and a job is a luxury, I have now come to think that it is a real possibility as I work in this environment. All the staff are my role models…”[ more…]

Previous ISSC Interns

Year
Name Country
2010-2011
Goda Sileikaite Lithuania
2010
Orla Martin Ireland
2010
Elena Ocenic Romania
2009
Ting Ting Song China
2009
Damayanti Sari Indonesia
2009
Joe Gillett United Kingdom
2008
Maria Fatima Quiler Philippines
2008
Irene Dalla Vedova Italy
2007
Yoriko Matsumoto Japan
2007
Surabhi Potdar India
2006
Karolina Bartosiak Poland
2006
Eva Schemmer Germany
2006
Sara Bergamaschi Italy
2006
Pauline Bandelier France
2005
Elisabeth Kahlbacher Austria
2005
Evgenia Shilnikova Russia
2005
Ilknur Etikan Turkey
2005
Diana Toledo Mexico
2005
Sonja Weishaupt Germany
2005
Oihane Olaextsea Spain
2004
Rixa Rubner Germany
2004
Anja Thomas Germany
2004
Vasiliki Tsirimokou Greece
2004
Ya-Lun Ho Canada
2004
Osman Kerem Koksal Turkey
2004
Maria Victoria Carbone Argentina
2004
Elisabeth Gruender Germany
2004
Mathilde Bienvenu France
2003
Arndt Michael Germany
2003
Krupa Kothari United Kingdom
2003
Teemu Marcus Finland
2003
Krystian Keciek Poland
2003
Madeleine Duverné Haiti
2003
Sarah Gutscher Germany
2003
Florence Lobin France
2003
Mary Pfaffko USA
2002-2003
Yoo-Duk Kang South Korea
2002
Veronika Talviste Estonia
2002
Tantri Patricia Arya Indonesia
2002
Cristina Jimenez USA
2002
Carla Stuart USA
2001
Lucia Ongay Argentina
2001
Jia Li China
2000-2001
Cecilia Lavena Argentina
2000
Héloise Dumont Canada
2000
Deborah Levy Canada
2000
Mary-Grace Lauron France
2000
Cristina Larioui France
1999
Zhang Lihua China
1998
Louis Belanger Canada
1997
Giulia de Ponte Italy
1997
Alexandra Picard France
1997
Guy Saint Rose St Lucia
1997
Ella Larioui France
1996
Sarah Jane Javellana Philippines
1996
Sigurd Urdal Norway
1996
May Abaza Egypt
1995
Mwepu Mutshipule Congo
1995
Nadine Mazou Nigeria
1994
Laurence Bailly France
1994
Infanta Cristina Spain
1993
Marina Larioui Philippines
1993
Carlito Huerto Philippines
1993
Fatoumata Sidibe Guinee
1993
Mme. Diallo Senegal
1992
Isabel Montreal Spain
1992
Sophie Richter France