Internship opportunity: ILGA World conference support


Conference support Internship opportunity at ILGA World

Duration: 6 months
Start of internships: May 2021
Deadline for applications: Thursday 8 April 2021 at 09:00 AM Central European Summer Time


ILGA World seeks a Conference Support Intern

This is an exciting opportunity to join ILGA World, the global LGBTI membership-based organisation with more than 1,600 member organisations in over 160 countries. Anyone with dedication to - and experience in regard to – human rights of and social justice for persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics who meets the requirements set out below is welcome to apply. 

The internship is a great opportunity for somebody who has an interest in human rights and LGBTI issues and wants to gain experience in working for an international human rights organisation that represents LGBTI organisations, communities and movements on a global stage. It is aimed at LGBTI human rights activists who are at an early stage of their career.

The internship is six months long (with possible extension until the end of the 2022 ILGA World Conference) and will start in May 2021. The internship is virtual, and the intern can be based anywhere with good internet connection. This specific internship requires the intern to travel and work in Los Angeles at the 2022 ILGA World Conference for a week (all costs related to the travel and stay in Los Angeles will be covered by ILGA World).
The exact working hours and dates can be flexible, but a candidate should be available to work full-time (37.5 hours/week). The intern receives a financial compensation of CHF 750 per month.

The intern will provide assistance to ILGA World’s staff and will mainly work with and report to Paula Klik, Membership and Events Officer.

  • have a particular interest in and commitment to LGBTI/SOGIESC human rights;
  • demonstrate clear commitment and enthusiasm for organisational values, goals and policies, including those related to equality
  • have experience (paid or unpaid) in NGO work, in community or grassroots organizing, advocacy or other activist work, preferably in the LGBTI sector;
  • be well organized, motivated and able to work remotely;
  • have a good internet connection during the internship;
  • have a very good level of written and spoken English;

and preferably should also:

  • speak and write in another UN language at a good level, preferably Spanish
  • The successful candidate must:

    • Be able to write and speak to the internal and external partners in English
    • Demonstrate event organising skills
    • Demonstrate cultural and LGBTI-specific sensitivity
    • Have the capacity to work in a team and autonomously; ability to follow-up on time and multitask; be able to manage their own time and meet internal deadlines
    • Be organised and have high attention to detail
    • Work well under pressure and tight deadlines
    • Have administrative and IT skills and be proficient with Microsoft Office
    • Have proactive and enthusiastic approach
    • Have good interpersonal skills and customer-oriented attitude.


    The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:

    • Assisting with responding to general event queries
    • Assisting with data checks
    • Assisting with liaison with guests, board members and staff
    • Assisting conference participants with visa and other logistical enquiries
    • Show initiative and anticipate specific needs of participants, staff and board
    • On the day event support
    • If time allows, carry out background procurement research, database organisation and support other areas of ILGA World’s work requirements 

Internship conditions

  • The internship is virtual; no relocation to Geneva or Los Angeles is expected or supported by ILGA World
  • The intern will be expected to work from their current location and travel to Los Angeles for the week of the Conference dates.
  • The internship is six-months long (with possibility of extension until the end of the 2022 ILGA World Conference) and will start in May 2021. The exact working hours and dates can be flexible, but a candidate should be available to work full-time (37.5 hours/week).
  • The intern will receive a compensation of CHF 750 per month for the duration of the internship
  • The successful intern will have opportunities to work with representatives of LGBTI organisations from around the world and other NGOs virtually and/or in Los Angeles
  • Due recognition in publications and activities which the intern have contributed to will be given. 


Instructions: how to apply

To apply for this position, please fill out the online form. Please prepare the answers before you start filling out the form.

  1. Answer all personal and open-ended questions. Read the personal and open-ended questions carefully and demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria, as this informs the shortlisting process. The shortlisting process is based on an evaluation of each of the sections.
  2. Language. The application pack should be completed in English. Both shortlisted tasks and interviews will also be conducted in English (though other declared language skills may be tested)
  3. Other documents or materials. Do not attach a CV, pictures or any additional document, as they will not be used. Failure to respect this rule will negatively impact your score.
  1. Fill out all relevant fields by providing accurate and truthful responses.
  2. Confirmation email. You will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail upon completing the application. Should you have completed the application without having received such confirmation please reach out to get in touch with
  3. Late submissions. Please, plan your submission in advance. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Process after application

We expect to communicate our decision to shortlist a candidate by 15 April 2021. Please bear in mind that, if you have not been contacted by the end of April, this means that you have not been shortlisted for the position.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written task that will be sent on 16 April 2021. The deadline to deliver the task is 23 April 2021.

Interviews to candidates who are admitted to the final stage of the selection process are expected to take place in the week of 26-30 April 2021.

The interview itself will last approximately 45 minutes.

The selected candidate will be notified in early May 2021.


Key dates

10 March 2021 Call for candidates
8 April 2021 (9 AM CEST) Deadline for applications
Before 15 April 2021 shortlisted candidates notified of results

16 April 2021 Written task is sent
23 April 2021 Deadline for written task
26- 30 April 2021 Interviews with shortlisted candidates
Early May 2021 Notification of selected and not selected candidates
May 2021 Successful candidate takes up the position


ILGA World Equal Opportunities Policy

ILGA World is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

ILGA World is committed to social justice, regardless of any individual or group characteristics, including gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sex characteristics, race, age, disability, ability, economic status, national origin, religion, ethnicity, and historical, cultural and geographic experiences, nonetheless recognizing the unique challenges faced by individuals with each of these characteristics and by those with intersecting identities.

We offer fair treatment to all current and potential employees, interns and contractors and aim to ensure that all such individuals receive equal treatment (including access to employment, training and opportunities for promotion, as relevant) regardless of any personal attribute as listed above.

ILGA World promotes gender and equality mainstreaming and it actively promotes equality in all policies and actions. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Lesbian and bisexual women, intersex persons, trans and gender-non-binary persons, and persons from the Global South are especially encouraged to apply. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

If more than one applicant is considered to be equally qualified for the position, priority will be given to applicants coming from marginalized and/or underrepresented groups.

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