Internship in the Skills, ALMPs and Policy Evaluation Team in RESEARCH

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Grade: Internship

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

Vacancy no.:

Job ID: 11884

Department: RESEARCH
Organization Unit: RESEARCH
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 internship is located in the Skills, Active Labour Market Policies and Policy Evaluation Team of the ILO Research Department, which conducts research on lifelong learning, skills and transitions in the labour market, as well as the effectiveness of employment policies. The team aims to understand (1) how skills are changing outside of Europe and the United States (where there is knowledge already), through the use of online data and natural language processing; (2) which skills are needed to enable transitions to decent employment across the life-cycle, through panel-data analysis and quasi-experimental, causal techniques; and (3) the role of policies in fostering these transitions, through impact evaluations. Another stream of work of the unit concerns the effectiveness of active labour market policies and institutions with a view to understand which policy options work under which specific circumstances to improve labour market conditions, principally through impact evaluations. The research contributes to the formulation of policy considerations to inform ILO constituents on ways to improve labour market and social outcomes of women and men.

Learning area

As an intern in the Skills, Active Labour Market Policies and Policy Evaluation Team, you will be asked to contribute to the research via different tasks in accordance with the current workload of the Team, but also taking into account, as much as possible, your personal preferences. This will be a combination of the following tasks:

路 Contribute to the current research agenda of the team on lifelong learning, skills and transitions.

路 Identify research gaps by conducting literature reviews.

路 Prepare, clean and process databases, such as data from job boards (vacancies, applicant profiles) or data from labour force or household surveys.

路 Participate in quantitative analyses (e.g. descriptive statistics) as well as more advanced econometric analysis carried out in the team.

路 Prepare figures, tables and other material aimed to present complex findings in a simpler manner.

路 Draft written inputs for both internal and external use and prepare presentations.

路 Respond to ad-hoc requests. Interns should expect to devote 10% of their time to administrative tasks.


Advanced university degree in economics or other social science. The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 year ago.


Three years of academic or professional experience in research, data management and statistical analysis. Experience in the area of skills analysis and/or impact evaluation of labour market or social protection policies would be an advantage.


Excellent command of English. Spanish, French or Russian would be considered an advantage.


Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment. Excellent communication skills and ability to draft in English. Able to work in a team. Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines.

Additional requirements

Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques. Excellent command of Stata or R statistical software. Knowledge of Python, and big data analysis techniques will be considered an advantage.

Strong analytical capabilities with the ability to quickly comprehend new subject matters and their policy implications. Ability to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and conduct straightforward research work. An interest in research that is policy-relevant, in line with the ILO鈥檚 mandate for social justice.

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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