Human Rights internships in the Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is inviting applications for internships in its Human Rights Unit in Dublin, and possibly in the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in Geneva.

Department of Foreign Affairs & TradeHuman Rights are accorded a high priority in Irish foreign policy. The Human Rights Unit coordinates Ireland’s international human rights policy, and ensures that human rights concerns are given full expression in all areas of the Government’s foreign policy. The positions are for a period of eleven months, with the first position commencing in May 2014. A further number of positions may also be available in Geneva. A shortlist of suitable candidates will be established from which the internship positions will be filled.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications/experience:

  • A first or second class honours degree in Law, International Relations, Human Rights, Politics or another relevant discipline is required.
  • A post-graduate or professional qualification is desirable.
  • A good knowledge of International and/or Human Rights Law is highly desirable.
  • A strong interest in human rights and current affairs is desirable.
  • Previous work experience with organisations working in the field of human rights would also be desirable.
  • Good computer skills are essential.
  • Flexibility, initiative, good judgement, excellent drafting skills and the ability to work with a team are essential.
  • Proficiency in the French language, while not essential, is desirable.

Please note that applications will only be considered from new applicants, or candidates who have undertaken a previous Internship of six months or less in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or in an Irish diplomatic mission abroad.

Candidates wishing to apply for the intern positions should complete the application form in either English or Irish (please do NOT submit CVs):

HRU Intern Application Form 2014 – English version

Foirm Iarratais 2014 – As Gaeilge

We strongly advise applicants to ensure that they are using the 2014 application form. If candidates wish to be considered for positions in Geneva, this should be clearly indicated. Completed application forms, clearly marked, INTERN APPLICATION, should be submitted by close of business on Friday 14 March 2014 to:

Mr Colin Wrafter
Human Rights Unit
Department of Foreign Affairs
79-80 St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2


Applications can be submitted by post or by e-mail. Applications received after the closing date for applications will not be considered. Selection will be on the basis of a competitive interview. If a large number of applications is received, candidates will be short listed for interview on the basis of information supplied in their application. Interviews will take place in Dublin the week beginning Monday 24 March 2014.

The pay rate applicable to all interns is that of the first point on the Executive Officer grade in the Civil Service. There is no entitlement to Civil Service status.

Citizens of non-European Economic Area (EEA) States are not eligible to compete. The EEA consists of the member states of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. A candidate who is in doubt, in this regard, should consult the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity. It is important to note that canvassing will disqualify applicants automatically.