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Internship on Communication for the Social and Solidarity Economy


  • Organization: ILO - International Labour Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: Closed


Grade: Internship 

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

Vacancy no.:  


Job ID: 11823 

Department: ENTERPRISES 
Organization Unit: COOP 
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).



Learning areas

The internship is located in the Cooperative, Social and Solidarity Economy (COOP) Unit within the Sustainable Enterprises, Productivity and Just Transition (ENTERPRISES) Department. The Department’s overall mission is to promote sustainable enterprises to achieve the ILO goal of social justice through decent work.  ENTERPRISES is part of the Jobs and Social Protection (JSP) policy cluster, along with the Social Protection (SOCPRO) and the Employment Policy (EMPLOYMENT) Departments. It collaborates with the ILO’s tripartite constituents on promoting sustainable enterprises through advisory services and development cooperation. 

The promotion of sustainable enterprises is at the heart of the ILO Decent Work Agenda. Sustainable enterprises of all sizes and forms are a principal source of growth, wealth creation, employment, and decent work. Therefore, fostering sustainable enterprises is fundamental for achieving decent work and social justice. The department is organized around four units: Cooperative, Social and Solidarity Economy; Multinational Enterprises and Enterprises Engagement; Small and Medium Enterprises, and; Social Finance. Technical specialists on Sustainable Enterprises, Productivity and Just Transition are based in Decent Work Technical Support Teams (DWT) in all regions and provide policy and technical support services to the tripartite constituents on the promotion of sustainable enterprises. They also form part of the wider Global Technical Team for ENTERPRISES. 

The ILO has had an organizational unit dedicated to the work on the cooperative, social and solidarity economy since 1920. The ILO activities on this portfolio are guided by the ILO’s Resolution, Strategy and Action Plan (SAP) on decent work and the social and solidarity economy.

Required profile

As an intern in communication for the social and solidarity economy (SSE), you will be exposed to a whole range of areas such as the development and implementation of communication strategies to promote the SSE’s contributions towards sustainable development, social justice and decent work. This includes crafting engaging multimedia content, managing social media campaigns, enhancing stakeholder engagement through effective storytelling, leveraging multimedia tools and organizing events to enhance the visibility of the SSE and its role.

You would be gaining experience in working with specialists who are involved in tasks such as developing and disseminating knowledge products, facilitating the sharing of good practices, and undertaking communication, knowledge sharing and awareness-raising activities to inspire a diverse audience about the SSE and its role.

Interns should expect to devote 10% to 20% of their time to administrative tasks.


Degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, or a related field. 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.


Experience in communications, public relations, content creation, social media management, or similar fields, preferably with a focus on social issues, sustainability, or the social and solidarity economy. Experience with digital marketing tools and platforms is an advantage.


Working (both oral and written) knowledge of at least two of the ILO’s official languages (English, French, Spanish). Proficiency in a third ILO language or in another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian) is an advantage.


Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate and model gender-responsive, non-discriminatory and inclusive behaviour and attitudes

Additional requirements

Communication skills. Ability to adapt quickly to new IT software and systems. Ability to maintain effective and collaborative working relationships. Ability to prepare and deliver internal presentations and messages, using a range of techniques and technologies


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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