The International Maritime Organization is currently not accepting any new applications due to the fluid situation surrounding COVID-19 and the restrictions in place on external visitors to IMO. Should you wish to register your interest for a future externship please send an e-mail to ero @ imo.org and the External Relations Office will be in contact once the current restrictions have been lifted.

Every so often IMO seeks out talented students with the relevant academic background and qualifications to provide short-term support to a specific section of the Organization. 

Externships are unpaid roles that provide the opportunity for a student to accrue professional workplace experience in a specialized agency of the United Nations, in exchange for credits towards their degree. All necessary skills and requirements will be detailed in the relevant vacancy notice.

All candidates should submit a complete application package as indicated in the Policy and Procedure for Student Externs and provide the following:

  • A curriculum vitae with emphasis on academic achievement;
  • Identifying information, including visa eligibility for the United Kingdom and proof of health insurance cover. IMO is not responsible for obtaining, or assisting to obtain, any visas;
  • University, degree programme, expected year of graduation (in a form of an enrolment letter);
  • Statement of practical experience being sought and its relationship to the work of the Organization;
  • Academic credits to be received/hours of work per week at the Organization (Note: fulltime Student Externs should be expected to work a full 37.5 hour week);
  • Completion of the "Agreement to Conditions and Requirements for Student Externs" form.  The IMO Supervisor section does not need to be completed as part of the initial application.

Student Extern (Unpaid - 12 weeks), Maritime Knowledge Centre

No closing date: Rolling Applications

Student Extern (Unpaid - 12 weeks), Office of Legal Affairs

No closing date: Rolling Applications

Student Extern (Unpaid - 12 weeks), Technical Cooperation Division

No closing date: Rolling Applications      

Student Extern (Unpaid - 12 weeks), Public Information Services 

No closing date: Rolling Applications