Intern – International Humanitarian Law

Canadian Red Cross - International Operations
  • Location
    Ottawa, Canada
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Jul 25

Position description

Do you want to make a difference? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking an Intern (International Humanitarian Law) within the Global Relations and Humanitarian Diplomacy (GRHD) Team at the National Office in Ottawa.

The GRHD team is committed to engaging Canadians, especially youth, in humanitarian issues. In line with this, we offer limited unpaid credited internship positions for students currently enrolled in a university program to gain experience in a professional office environment. Applicants must be enrolled in a course for which the internship experience will be credited. Students participating in the internship program are involved in professional projects, assignments and activities during their tenure with assigned staff. These internships are not aligned with paid employment at the CRC following the internship.

There is currently one internship position available for the fall term (September-December). A winter extension may also be possible if the candidate is interested.


 The intern will assist team members in:

  • Conducting research and preparing written briefs on humanitarian issues and trends.
  • Supporting the Unit and the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Network with event preparation and with the development of educational or communication materials.
  • Providing extra note-taking and administrative capacity
  • Fulfilling other tasks based on the needs of the team

Students must commit to a minimum of 21 hours of work per week. Where possible, attempts will be made to align the nature of the internship with the background, studies and interests of the successful candidate. Like all members of the GR&HD Team, applicants must be prepared to take on their fair share of administrative tasks.


Successful candidates will have a strong record of academic achievement, a sense of professionalism, as well as a demonstrated commitment to humanitarianism. Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary academic program in which the internship experience will be credited.

Other specific qualifications include:

  • Preference will be given to law students, however, candidates in other related areas may also apply (i.e. policy, international affairs, conflict studies, etc.).
  • Strong research and written communication skills in English (French is an asset).
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team but also independently on projects.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.


Applications are evaluated based on their academic background and work/volunteer experience. The GRHD Team will select applicants who best suit the project goals for the internship assignment period.


Duties are principally conducted at the National Office of the Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa, with possible travel to attend conferences, workshops or meetings as required. Most of the work is performed in an office environment which is mostly clean and comfortable.

Please attached all of the following documents to your resume in one single Microsoft Word or pdf document: i) resume/CV;ii) a one page cover letter stating why you are interested in the position; iii) a minimum of three references and iv) a 1-3-page writing sample. References may be submitted in the form of reference letters or contact details for references. Candidates should ideally submit a mix of both academic and professional references.

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