The IOM Internship Programme provides students and recent graduates 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. In addition to this, IOM evaluates interns who may eventually be included on the roster for future external vacancies.

Interns are given assignments and responsibility commensurate with their experience and they are referred to a supervisor/tutor, who is responsible for mentoring and coaching. They can be given short assignments either designed within on-going programmes or on an ad-hoc basis. Interns are not considered to be staff members but Terms of Reference, tasks, duration of assignment and supervisors are clearly determined.

Interns are provided with a modest stipend to cover basic living expenses. Interns that receive sponsorship funds from their universities will not be eligible for this stipend. 


  1. The Internship Programme targets young, talented students and graduates willing to gain practical experience in a field relevant to the Organization through their involvement in daily working activities in migration-related areas and/or in public international administration.
  2. The Internship Programme, through agreements, also targets academic institutions and universities operating in areas relevant to IOM activities and programmes, thus strengthening the cooperation with active migration policy makers and keeping abreast of the most recent debates, concepts, theories and tools developed on migration related issues.


Candidates should ideally possess the following:

  • Be either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, between 19 and 36 years old, who have less than two years of relevant working experience. Other applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;
  • Be able to adapt to an international, multicultural, multilingual environment, have good communication skills and be able to work in a team;
  • Excellent writing skills in English. Knowledge of Thai is a distinct advantage;
  • Experience in information technology would be an advantage.

Please visit the current vacancies page for the latest call for intern applications. For unsolicited applications, eligible candidates interested in participating can apply by submitting a cover letter, and CV along with a duly completed IOM Personal History Form, which may be downloaded from our recruitment page here. Please send them to the IOM Thailand Human Resources Unit via e‐mail at bkkrecruitment@iom.int. CVs will be kept in a roster for immediate selection by IOM staff should they require the assistance of an intern.  

Please also indicate the period of availability. The preferred internship duration is six months.