Financially Supported Internships

All internships are advertised on Inspira, the United Nations talent management portal. Please visit and you can search for openings at The International Seabed Authority in Kingston, Jamaica. 

In order to be considered eligible, all applications must be submitted online through Inspira in response to an job opening. Guidelines and detailed information on completing a Personal History Profile (PHP) will be found on the webpage. 

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Terms of Reference for
International Seabed Authority (ISA)/National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton, UK
Financially Supported

Purpose of the Programme:

The purpose of the International Seabed Authority internship programme is twofold: (a) to provide a framework through which students and young government officials from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work and functions of the ISA to enhance their educational experience and/or gain experience in the work of the ISA; and (b) to enable ISA to benefit from the assistance of qualified students and young government officials specialized in various skills within the scope of activities of the ISA.

Interns are expected to be able to contribute to the work of ISA in fields such as the law of the sea, public international law, international environmental law, mining law, deep sea mining, oceanography, marine science, public information, publications and library science, and translation.

Structure of the Programme

ISA accepts interns on a limited basis depending on the specific needs of respective offices and their capacity to effectively support, accommodate and supervise the interns.  

The programme does not consist of clearly defined internship positions; rather, ISA will define the number and nature of internships on a continuous basis, according to the needs of the various offices. The selection and recruitment procedure will, consequently, be on an ongoing basis and each intern will carry out his or her assignments under the supervision of a designated ISA staff member.

For 2020, the Authority, in cooperation with National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton, UK, is providing financial support in the amount of USD$ 5,000 each for two internship placements within its Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources (OEMMR) in Kingston, Jamaica.  The placements are open to candidates from developing member States of the Authority who have experience in marine scientific research or data management system and are looking to improve upon their knowledge and skills while learning more about the work of the Authority. 

Current Opportunities