Internships at IOM

The IOM Internship Programme provides students with the opportunity to learn about IOM's activities, to gain initial work experience, and/or to prepare for a degree dissertation. IOM provides on-the-job training to interns so that both they, and the Organization, can benefit. Furthermore, internships build links with academic institutions and universities.   

Interns are given assignments and responsibility commensurate with their academic and professional experience and are placed under the guidance of a supervisor.


Applicants to the IOM internship programme must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • Have graduated with a university or graduate degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within one-year of graduation; or
  • Be sponsored by a governmental/non-governmental institution and/or academic institution to work in a specific area relevant to both IOM and the sponsor institution.

All interns must be between 19 and 36 years of age (average age is 26). Furthermore, interns should have a working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of IOM’s official languages (English, French or Spanish).


IOM internships are flexible in nature and depend on the interests of both the intern and the IOM Country Office, and last from two to six months in duration (preference is for interns who can commit to at least six months), with a maximum duration of nine months.


While the majority of interns receive a monthly subsistence allowance (MSA), which is a monetary stipend to partially cover accommodation and living expenses, there are a few exceptions. For example, if IOM has an agreement with a university to provide internship assignments to its students as part of their coursework or when an intern is provided with funding/scholarship through their university, government or other institution. In exceptional cases, the Director of Human Resources can waive the MSA for interns who reside locally.

Visa and travel

It is the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institution to arrange for travel to and from the duty station upon commencement and conclusion of the internship. All related travel expenses, including for visas, will be paid by the intern or sponsoring institution. IOM does not cover the cost of travel or visas.


Interns are covered against occupational accidents and illnesses under the Organization’s Compensation Plan (CP) insurance, regardless of the location of the assignment.

All interns who are not nationals of the country where their duty station is located must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage, including evacuation and repatriation coverage, to cover the full period of the internship.

Locally recruited interns who are nationals of the country where their duty station is located must also show proof of valid medical insurance coverage to cover the full period of the internship. Note: Evacuation and repatriation coverage are not required.

All interns must provide a medical certificate of good health along with their vaccination records prior to the commencement of the internship.

Will I get a job afterward?

IOM evaluates interns who may eventually be included in the roster for future external vacancies and/or short-term assignments. In general, interns are considered external candidates and can apply for vacancies that are open to external candidates during and after their assignment.

Each year, IOM welcomes several interns to work in a broad range of migration technical area and disciplines within IOM offices globally.

Interns should view this as a learning experience rather than the means to get a job with IOM. This type of experience will look good on their CV or resume, which will be useful in their future job search.