Internship with the Protection Unit

  • G01 No poverty
  • G02 Zero hunger
  • G03 Good Health and Well Being
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • March 5, 2019
  • Are you interested in international protection of displaced persons?
  • Do you want to get hands’-on experience applying your information management, event and creative communication/graphic design/media skills working for Denmark’s largest humanitarian NGO?
Then apply to become an intern with the DRC Protection Unit!
Who we are
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, working in more than 30 countries to provide humanitarian, development and peace building programs to ensure a dignified life for refugees, internally displaced people, and other communities affected by displacement.
Within DRC, the Protection Unit is situated in the International Department’s Division for Programme, which is responsible for developing policy, programmatic concepts and strategies relevant to DRC’s international operations and deliver support to operations within these areas. The Protection Unit oversees DRC’s protection work globally, amongst others through advocacy, issuing of guidance and delivery of field support and capacity building on protection standards and policy.
About the internship
We are looking for one intern who can help us upscale and improve our documentation, communication and dissemination of global guidance in relation to protection guidance and results achieved.
The intern will become part of the Protection Unit and support the unit’s work with documentation and development of communication material of relevance to the work of the Protection Unit.
The working language is English.
Under the guidance of the colleagues of the Protection Unit, the intern will support with 1) information management and documentation (30%); 2) preparation and delivery of thematic events(20%) and 3) creative and technical development of one or more of the below audio-visual products (50%) (kindly highlight in your cover letter the products which you can see yourself delivering in relation to your specific skill-set and areas of interest):
  • Graphic design
  • Animation
  • Podcast development
  • Information management
As an intern in the DRC Protection Unit, we offer you the opportunity to:
  • Gain experience from working in an internationally recognized humanitarian NGO.
  • Work independently and with a lot of responsibility.
  • Be part of an enthusiastic and dynamic team.
  • Gain knowledge of international protection and humanitarian affairs.
  • Create and complete your own development project.
As an intern in the DRC Protection Unit, we expect you to:
  • To have a demonstrated talent for creative communication/graphic design/media skills.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to delivering products of high quality.
  • Be able to work independently and handle challenges in a constructive and positive way.
  • Thrive working as a part of a team.
  • Be proactive and ready to face new challenges.
  • Be open-minded and flexible towards the different tasks assigned to you, including to be willing and interested in undertaking other ad hoc tasks as required (from printing to PPT development).
  • Commit to the values and Code of Conduct of the Danish Refugee Council.
Your profile
  • Available for six months in the time period between March and December 2019 (indicate your preferred internship period in your cover letter).
  • Currently studying at BA or MA level.
  • Interest in communication related to humanitarian affairs, human rights and international collaboration.
  • Creative competencies and ability to think outside of the box, in order to identify and develop engaging and stimulating channels through which to communicate to a target group.
  • Analytical skills and ability to grasp and communicate abstract concepts.
  • Demonstrated mastery of technical skills required to deliver one or more of the above-listed audiovisual products.
  • Holds a valid Schengen visa or Danish residency permit covering the internship period.
Further information
You are welcome to contact DRC’s Protection Unit at for further information.
Applications sent to this email directly will not be considered.
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of race, gender, age or other status.
Please note that the internship is unpaid.
You must be able to begin the internship between March and June and commit to an internship of six months. Working hours are 37 hours per week Monday through Friday. As an intern with the DRC Protection Unit you will be working at the Danish Refugee Council’s headquarter in Copenhagen and report to the Head of the Protection Unit.
Application process
Please submit the following (see application link above): A cover letter of no more than one page, your CV, an official transcript of your completed courses at your university and confirmation of current enrolment. In addition, we ask that you submit at least one written reference from a previous employer.
Please submit your application by no later than 5 March 2019 (CET).

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.

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