Interships and Fellowships

E.MA Internship Programme

Every year since 1998/1999 EIUC, with the support of the European Union, has awarded a paid internship in the field of human rights to the 15 students who have achieved the highest results during each academic year. Internships in inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organisations have given the selected graduates an opportunity to immediately put into practice the knowledge acquired during the course.

Among the institutions that have hosted our graduates throughout these years are:

  • the Austrian, Belgian, British, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Slovenian Ministries for Foreign Affairs
  • the European Union Delegations of Beijing, Geneva, Khartoum, New York and Strasbourg
  • the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • UNESCO
  • the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities
  • the Council of Europe’s offices in Strasbourg, Belgrade and Sarajevo
  • Human Rights Watch
  • the International Commission of Jurists
  • No Peace Without Justice
  • the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims’ offices in Brussels and Copenhagen
  • the World Organisation Against Torture
  • the Norwegian Refugee Council

The E.MA Internship Programme has already offered a unique opportunity to over 200 graduates to access the jobmarket. It is in fact an excellent way to transition into a working career, having become a platform for many generations of students that are now employed or have been employed within the organisations where they have interned thanks to EIUC. It has also helped creating a powerful alumni network that has become instrumental in facilitating interaction between different institutions.

The E.MA Internship Programme in the EC Delegation in Beijing was another fantastic experience and while working in China, as well as in every place I have worked since including Brussels, Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone, I was lucky enough to befriend new masterini and to feel part of a truly global network. (Matthew Willner-Reid, E.MA Graduate 2005/2006, Cooperation Officer for Services to Vulnerable Populations, EU Delegation in Kabul)

EIUC EU-UN Fellowship Programme

The EU-UN Fellowship Programme complements the training activities of E.MA by providing a 22 weeks paid high level operational working experience to 4 E.MA graduates each year. This unique programme was initiated in 1996 by the Human Rights and Democratisation Unit of the European Commission and has since gained an excellent reputation and reciprocal appreciation for the concrete assistance that the fellows provide and the exceptional experience that the fellows gain.

As the fellows are assigned to the EU Delegations to the United Nations (Geneva and New York), the programme provides E.MA graduates with an opportunity to gain advanced insight into EU activities at the UN, thus creating a multiplier effect for future work experiences. At the same time it boosts the human resources capacity of EU offices by providing them with young professionals who possess specific expertise in the promotion of human rights.

Based on the principle of knowledge-tranfer, the programme includes, among others, the following tasks for the fellows:

  • Following key human rights dossiers and doing substantive research in related issues, such as the right to development, the right to health, human rights and terrorism etc.
  • Substantive preparation and attendance of meetings at the UN and UN Agencies as well as European Union (EU) co-ordination meetings;
  • Drafting reports, briefings, statements and other documents

In this context, the fellows become an integral part of the delegation, acting (under due supervision) as human rights experts, providing helpful support and information on human rights issues, and gaining extensive insight into diplomatic activities.

Through EIUC I had the opportunity to participate in the EIUC Fellowship Programme, at the United Nations. I spent five months in Geneva working with the EU presidency at the Human Rights Commission, and four months in New York at the European Commission delegation to the UN. It was an amazing experience, I had the chance to draft speeches which I delivered at the Council, participate in EU/UN negotiations, meet with NGOs. Ultimately it gave the opportunity to put into practice so much what we had studied throughout the Master’s programme. (Jean Tomkin, E.MA graduate 2006/2007, Solicitor in one of Ireland’s largest Criminal Law and Human Rights Practices)