The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equality, security, and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employee opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. In promoting social justice and internationally recognized human labour rights, the ILO continues to pursue its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity. Today, the ILO helps advance the creation of jobs, and economic and working conditions that give people a stake in long lasting peace. 


This internship is only for graduate students studying Economics or a related field. Interns will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving themselves directly in the work of the Office and the application of the ILO principles, programs, and strategies, as well as gain practical work experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study. Primary intern duties will include collecting economic and labor market data, constructing labor market and economic indicators and analyzing trends, developing statistical databases, preparing instruments for data-collection and presenting data in user-friendly tables and charts, doing bibliographic and background research on topics related to labor economics and macroeconomics, and drafting parts of reports and papers describing the outcomes of the analysis. Interns can expect to work with economists who focus on a wide range of topics such as labor market and social policies, income inequality, investment decisions of Subject Matter Experts, poverty and rural development, financialization, or macroeconomic policies. Approximately 80 per cent of the intern's time will be spent on substantive research and the remaining time will be dealing with administrative tasks.


Interns should have oral and written working knowledge of at least one of the ILO's official languages (English, French, or Spanish).


Interns will be responsible for finding housing, but the Program Manager and host office will provide assistance.   


  • Travel, Housing, and Living Expenses: $5000-$7000
  • University of Utah tuition
  • Academic Fee: $300


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.