International Committee of the Red Cross

Outline of the organisation

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, independent and neutral organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situation of violence and to provide them with assistance. It has a permanent mandate under international law to take impartial action for prisoners, the wounded and sick, and civilians affected by conflict. The ICRC is at the origin of both the International Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement and of international humanitarian law, notably the Geneva Conventions.

Although its headquarters are in Geneva, the ICRC is based in around 80 countries and has a total of more than 16,800 staff. In situations of conflict the ICRC coordinates the response by national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and their International Federation. The ICRC also responds to disasters in conflict zones, because the effects of a disaster are compounded if a country is already at war.

Positions available

(1) Internships

The ICRC occasionally hires interns for specific posts that have been advertised. These positions are advertised through the ICRC website. Interns are hired only for specific posts in areas/projects, and for this reason no general information about internships is available.

Further information is available here.

(2) Traineeships

The ICRC has been offering traineeships in more than 40 different sectors for many years all based at the headquarters in Geneva. The ICRC would like to give a first professional opportunity to graduates to develop their expertise and benefit from an enriching professional experience in the world's leading humanitarian organisation. Trainees will have the opportunity to work in diverse areas with experts in their field.

Further information is available here.