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Internships

About the Internship Programme

INTERPOL’s Internship Programme welcomes candidates from any of our 190 member countries.

The Programme attracts young talent to the Organization and provides them with:

  • A better understanding of the Organization’s goals and objectives and how international police cooperation is organized;
  • An insight into how an international organization operates;
  • A framework to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments, thereby developing skills which are useful for their career and future employment;
  • Experience of working in a multicultural, multidisciplinary and multi-ethnic environment, contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance.

At the same time INTERPOL also benefits from  the Programme by having:

  • The input of qualified persons whose background enables them to give a fresh point of view and up-to-date academic knowledge;
  • Support for the completion of specific projects.

Eligibility

All applicants must:

  • Be a national of a member country;
  • Have attained the legal age of majority in their country of nationality;
  • Be fluent in English;
  • Be enrolled in, or have graduated from, an accredited academic institution within the past six months on the date of submission of the application.

Having a good knowledge of any of the other official working languages regularly used in the duty station where the Internship will take place (French, Spanish or Arabic) will be considered an advantage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where would the internship be based?

The majority of INTERPOL’s internship opportunities are based in the General Secretariat in Lyon, France. Other opportunities may arise in any of the other duty stations where  the Organization has a presence: the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore as well as the Regional Bureaus and Liaison Offices.

Applicants are welcome to indicate their preferred area of activity in their application, taking into account the duty station(s) where they normally take place. Internships may be offered in any of the above-mentioned locations, depending on the needs of the Organization and candidates’ profiles.

How are interns placed within the Organization?

To facilitate placement, applicants should indicate three areas of activity within the Organization in order of preference.

Areas Of Activity Duty Station
Communications Lyon
Conferences Lyon/ Singapore
Finance Lyon/ Singapore
General Services Lyon/ Singapore
Human Resources Lyon/ Singapore
Information Technology Lyon/ Singapore/ Regional Bureaus
International Partnerships and Development Lyon/ Singapore
Legal Affairs Lyon
Research and Innovation Singapore
Specialized Crimes Lyon/ Singapore/ Regional Bureaus
Secretariat Lyon/ Singapore/ Regional Bureaus
Strategic Planning and Policy Lyon/ Singapore
Training Lyon/ Singapore
Translation Lyon
Global Complex for Innovation/Cybercrime Lyon/ Singapore

Read more about the specialized crime areas for which you wish to be considered. Please note that interns will not be assigned to operational units within the Organization, in particular the Command and Coordination Centre.

Candidates may be considered for other areas matching their educational background and interests, even if they did not indicate them in the application. 

How long do internships last?

The length of an internship varies from a minimum of six to a maximum of 11 months. Please note that the duration of an internship is directly related to the needs of the hiring service. 

Are internships paid at INTERPOL?

Interns are entitled to receive a monthly allowance of 550 euros (the amount set for internships based in Lyon). The allowance will be adjusted to the different duty stations according to the UN cost of living index and it will be prorated according to the number of days worked if an internship does not start at the beginning of a given month.

Do interns have to go through a security  check before being accepted?

Please note that, if selected, you will be required to produce a certificate of non-criminal records (including spent and unspent sentences pronounced by justice) from your country of nationality and from any other country in which  you have resided for more than 12 months in the past five years. If you are considered at a further stage of the selection process (interview) we advise you to familiarize yourself with the procedure for requesting such documentation in the concerned countries so that, if accepted, your arrival to the Organization is not unnecessarily delayed.

Practical details

  • The intern is responsible for finding his/her own accommodation;
  • The intern is responsible for bearing all travel and insurance costs;
  • INTERPOL does not reimburse any expenses related to the recruitment and selection  processes;
  • Internship certificates/supporting documents will be provided at the end of the internship.
  • INTERPOL does not sign any Internship Agreement (Convention de Stage) other than its own. If your University requests a specific form, you should raise this issue and reach an agreement with your academic institution  prior to the beginning of the internship.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please complete the online application form.

Please understand that, due to the large number of applications received, we are unable to answer individual queries.Only successful candidates will be contacted.