Working for the Mission

Graduate internship at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the OSCE, the United Nations and the International Organisations in Vienna

The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the OSCE, the United Nations and the International Organisations in Vienna is offering two six-month internships annually for university graduates at master's level, starting on 1 March and 1 September respectively.

The international organisations in Vienna are active in a wide spectrum of current issues including nuclear security, human rights, policy on  narcotics, fighting corruption and crime, non-proliferation and disarmament to mention just a few examples. The intern will be closely involved in the preparation of UN meetings, e.g. IAEO, CTBTO, UNODC and UNIDO, represent Switzerland at the preparatory meetings and participate in regular meetings at the UN. She/he will be involved in drafting Switzerland's declarations at these meetings and reports for the attention of head office.

The intern will also prepare working papers, reports and draft resolutions. The internship provides a unique insight into Switzerland's multilateral diplomacy and an opportunity to make contact with Swiss and foreign diplomats as well as with a variety of agencies of the Federal Administration.


  • Swiss national or holder of a Swiss foreign national identity card C with work permit (C permit)

  • Completed tertiary education to master's level. Studies completed within the last 12 months. The date of the degree is decisive. Language stays and other travel abroad (maximum 12 months), military or civilian service and maternity leave extend this timeframe.

  • Previous internships and professional experience since completion of studies within or outside the Federal Administration together with the envisaged internship may not exceed 12 months. (Example: previous internship of six months --> maximum six months internship in the FDFA)

  • Interest in international organisations and politics

  • Ability to write in German, English and French

  • Pleasure in making contact with other people and ability to work in a team.

The internship lasts four to six months. The intern has holiday entitlement in accordance with local legislation and  is taken into account in the pension insurance scheme.

In general, the internship for the first half-year is advertised until 15 January at the latest and for the second half of the year until 15 June. The advertisement is published on the career pages of Swiss universities and can also be obtained via or the FDFA job database. Interested candidates may apply with a letter of motivation and CV via (Ambassador Rolf Stalder). Queries about the internship can be addressed to the same email address.