INTERPOL’s Internship Programme, Lyon, France

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2016

Deadline: Feb 07, 2016

INTERPOL’s Internship Programme

INTERPOL’s Internship Programme welcomes candidates from any of our 190 member countries.
The Programme attracts talented students or recent graduates to the Organization and provides them with:

  • A better understanding of the Organization’s goals and objectives and how international police cooperation is organized
  • An insight into how an international organization operates
  • A framework to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments, thereby developing skills which are useful for their career and future employment
  • Experience of working in a multicultural, multidisciplinary and multi-ethnic environment, contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance

All the relevant information about our Internship Programme may be found on our official web site.

Candidates should familiarize themselves with the conditions of internship and the requirements prior to applying for this internship.


The Strategic Planning Directorate (SPD) works to refine organizational planning process of INTERPOL and to strengthen its strategic planning capabilities. Doing so ensures better alignment of annual plans with the priorities of the Organization and needs of our member countries. SPD also performs developmental and strategic research and analysis on matters relating to the structure, activities, and organizational issues in support of the Organization's mission, operations and/or senior managerial decision-making processes. The Directorate contributes to the further development of strategic analysis as a vital law enforcement support tool.

Throughout this internship the selected applicant will develop research, writing and analytical skills and the ability to effectively gather, corroborate and independently filter information gathered through open sources.

Working in the area of strategic planning and analysis the selected applicant will:

  • Support analysts working directly for the Secretary General to collect, analyse and filter Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) on criminal and geopolitical issues
  • Assist in the initial drafting of briefing books and strategic communication products
  • Gather data supporting SPD's strategic analysis activities
  • Supporting agenda setting activities linked to the General Assembly session
  • Any other duty assigned by the supervisor


All candidates will be assessed on the under mentioned requirements.

  • Be a national of one of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries
  • Have attained the legal age of majority in their country of nationality


  • Have graduated from a post-secondary accredited academic institution within the past six months on the date of submission of their application (at least at bachelor degree level) in a relevant field of study (e.g. International Relations, Political Science, International Administration or similar)


  • Professional fluency in English

Specific skills

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools

In addition to the requirements, the following would be beneficial.

  • Master degree in a relevant field of study
  • Fluency in French
  • Strong quantitative/statistical analysis skills
  • Experience in speech writing and drafting of briefing material


Application process

Only applications submitted in response to a specific internship vacancy will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, we are unable to answer individual queries.

A completed online application is required and should include a cover letter including:

  • Your motivation to join the INTERPOL internship programme
  • Your interest in and your assets for this specific internship opportunity
  • Your expectations for this internship

Assessment method

All applications will be assessed against the requirements indicated in this vacancy notice. Candidates who meet these requirements most closely will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration and assessment.

INTERPOL does not discriminate on any grounds and candidates will be treated under conditions of equality.


A confidentiality vetting inquiry will be carried out on behalf of the Organization prior to confirming any selection. By accepting this offer, you give the Organization expressed consent for completing this inquiry.

If selected, you will be required to produce a certificate of non-criminal records (including spent and unspent sentences pronounced by justice) from your country of nationality and from any other country in which  you have resided for more than 12 months in the past five years. If you are considered at a further stage of the selection process (interview) we advise you to familiarize yourself with the procedure for requesting such documentation in the concerned countries so that, if accepted, your arrival to the Organization is not unnecessarily delayed.


INTERPOL has four official languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic. Working languages in Lyon are English and French.

INTERPOL would like to inform candidates that their application may be considered for other similar positions.

INTERPOL operates a non-smoking policy.

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 Member Countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities, and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.

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