Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Outline of the organisation

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) is an independent and impartial organisation whose objective is to prevent and resolve armed conflicts. The HDC is active in a number of conflict resolution projects around the world, promoting and facilitating dialogue between belligerents. In support of these projects it conducts research and analysis, bringing forward practical policy recommendations to improve international efforts to secure and sustain peace. The Centre is based in Geneva but has staff working in many countries across the world, particularly in Africa.

Positions available

The HDC occasionally offers unpaid internships to students. Applicants must be undertaking a degree or degrees in political science, international relations, peace and conflict, human rights, humanitarian law or equivalent. Eligible candidates must also be fluent in English.

Prior knowledge in pre- and post-conflict situations, conflict resolution and peacemaking, with experience in researching, analysing and writing on political contexts will be strongly favoured.


In compliance with Swiss regulations, HDC may only consider an application if:

  • the internship is required for a diploma; or
  • the internship is undertaken after the completion of an initial course of study (Bachelor’s degree) and is meant to help the intern choose a further course of study (Master’s degree); or
  • the candidate is currently doing a career transition within the framework of an official federal or cantonal scheme (unemployment internship programme).

Further information is available here.

Application process

Motivated students should send their resume together with an application letter by email to: HRGeneva@hdcentre.org.