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Guidelines on the applicable conditions and procedures of the IMO Internship Programme


1.  The International Maritime Organization welcomes students who wish to apply for an internship at its Headquarters in London. They are considered for attachment at the request of their Governments or appropriate governmental authorities if the country concerned is a Member State of IMO or at the request of Universities/high learning institutions. All applications must be accompanied by a letter from the Sponsor. 
2.  Attachments are offered for periods of two weeks to a maximum of two months. The Internship Programme is solely designed for students undertaking research in the activities of the Organization for the main purpose of writing their dissertation or to further their own research.  Students have already obtained a University Degree and are studying for a Master’s or PhD Degree; they must provide a summary of  their research, clearly indicating  the specific areas of the Organization's work which they are researching in the fields of prevention of pollution from ships, maritime safety, security and related international maritime and environmental treaties.
Interns will be expected to conduct research on the topic indicated in their application; failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of their placement. Prospective interns wishing to change the area of their research must advise the Organization in due time, prior to commencing their attachment.
3. The Programme does not provide opportunities for students to be attached to the Secretariat as trainees in order to obtain work or practical experience, and students who apply individually for internship on this basis will not be eligible. In order to apply a fair treatment towards all applicants, the Programme operates on a 'first come, first served basis'. Starting dates are at the beginning of the month and mid-month.  Subject to regular attendance, a Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the internship. 
4.  Interns are not supervised and are expected to determine for themselves the method and scope of their work at IMO. They are based in the Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC) which they share with other interns, delegates and visitors; they have access to computers and various facilities as well as a collection of books, reports and documents (primarily in English). IMO is not a technical research organization and the collection of technical material is therefore limited. Applicants are advised to check the bibliographic catalogue SeaLibrary to ascertain if there is sufficient material to justify their visit.  Most IMO official meetings documents are available on line on IMODOCS (in English, French and Spanish, with some documents in Arabic, Chinese and Russian).
5.  Interns will be given the opportunity to meet IMO experts if they are available and, when appropriate, to observe the proceedings of any committees or bodies of the Organization which may be meeting during the period of their stay. However, all interns will attend IMO meetings in their personal capacity only and cannot sit with delegations from their respective countries or take part in the meetings.
6.  Interns are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner compatible with a United Nations environment.
7.  Applicants should have a working knowledge of at least one of the IMO's official languages (English, French or Spanish).
8.  Interns are responsible for obtaining the necessary passport and visa or other documents for entering the United Kingdom and also for the cost of travel, insurance, accommodation and living expenses. Applicants should bear in mind that accommodation in London is expensive.  As IMO accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship, applicants are advised to obtain health insurance coverage.
9. The acceptance of students for attachment at IMO's Headquarters is subject to the clear understanding that their stay will entail no financial implications, legal obligations or liabilities for the Organization. Applications must be accompanied by a written agreement to this effect both from the governmental authority or high learning institution requesting the attachment and from the applicants themselves.
10. Internship can be a very rewarding experience; in addition to the benefits of access to information, this is a good opportunity to meet with other students and staff members in an international setting and to gain some familiarisation with a United Nations Agency.

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