Internship in Administration

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Grade: Internship

Publication date: 15 April 2024
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 29 April 2024

Vacancy no.:

Job ID: 11806

Department: ISSA
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)

You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments and field offices, which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, the ILO does not inform candidates about the status of their application.

ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.

**Please note that you can apply to a maximum of three internship profiles during the current application period. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any profile.** Note that you may withdraw your candidature at any time via the Jobs Applied section of your profile.

It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.

The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from candidates, particularly from non- or under- represented member States from the following countries:

Qualified candidates from those countries may be eligible for a special fund that provides financial assistance for round-trip airfare (economy class) in addition to the stipend.

The ILO also encourages applications of persons with disabilities. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided to candidates with disabilities in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities. For assistance, please send an e-mail to

Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.

(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).


The position is located in the Resources and Services Branch of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). The Resources and Services Branch (RES) is responsible for the Administration of the ISSA. Under the supervision of the Head of the Resources and Services Branch, the intern will be asked to work in task-oriented teams to contribute to ISSA activities within the area of competence.

Learning area

As an intern in Administration, the person will be involved to a whole range of areas related to finance and administration. The intern will also be involved in creating and supporting new projects aimed at improving the operations through advanced automation and collaboration systems. The intern will be offered the possibility to gain experience in working with finance and IT specialists who are involved in the administration of the Association.

  • Assist the Finance team with daily accounting operations, including but not limited to preparing journal entries, managing accounts payable, and conducting account reconciliations.
  • Aid with financial and budgetary reporting.
  • Assist in filing various financial documents (electronic and paper)
  • Assist with the development and implementation of efficient and scalable finance processes to enhance operational effectiveness.
  • Support the integration and optimization of online collaboration tools and business process automation solutions utilizing Microsoft technologies. Assist in developing applications using PowerApps to replace manual and paper-based processes with cloud-based functions, enhancing efficiency and sustainability.


    The candidate should have a university degree in finance or engineering, with specialisation in Business Administration and with strong IT skills.


    Experience with specific Microsoft technologies tools (Office 365, PowerApps, SharePoint) is a distinct advantage. A first experience in finance and accounting or auditing area would be an asset. Experience and ability in using business intelligence tools is an advantage.


    Excellent command of English or French (both oral and written).


    Excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, good communication skills and be able to work in a team.

    How to apply:

    1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs

    2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs

    3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

    4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline.

    Selection process:

    Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), hiring departments will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected by any department for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster.

    If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the hiring department for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.


    As an intern in Geneva, you will receive a stipend of 2450 CHF per month from the ILO, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive 2450 CHF per month. Your travel to Geneva will be at your own expense.In addition to the amounts referred above, each intern shall receive the amount of CHF45 per month, or the equivalent amount in the currency in which the monthly stipend is paid, which is a contribution from the Office towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship.


    Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field).

    Fraud warning:

    The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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