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ICO’s Internship Programme


The objective of the internship programme is to provide an insight into the day-to-day working environment of an international organization. ICO interns are given the opportunity to be part of our team working on a number of topics, ranging from statistical and economic analysis, communication and advocacy, organization and management of meetings and events, research and preparation of reports, and the identification and formulation of development projects.


Interns may also have the chance to be exposed to high level Government and private sector representatives and international coffee experts, as well as to the work of committees or other governing bodies of the Organization.


Internships normally last between two and six months and may be further extended up to a maximum period of nine months. They can be carried out on a full- or part-time basis.


Interns are selected on a competitive basis and will be based at the ICO Headquarters, in London. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in development in the field of coffee. They must respect the principles of the ICO mission and mandate and be motivated by interest in interacting with people with different languages, national and cultural backgrounds – a key feature of an international organization, such as the ICO.


Are you currently enrolled in a Master’s or in a Ph.D. programme, in the final year of a Bachelor’s programme, or within one year following graduation from a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. programme?


Do you have an excellent command of English and preferably one of the other official ICO languages (French, Portuguese, Spanish)?


Are you neither a child nor a sibling of an ICO staff member?


Do you have a valid VISA that will allow you to do unpaid work in the UK?


The internship within the ICO is a volunteer activity and, as such, is understood to be excluded from the UK National Minimum Wage legislation. Therefore, interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to their internship. The ICO may consider providing a small lump sum to cover basic expenses for necessary travel within the London area, and costs of a snack or sandwich lunch.


Interns will be responsible, therefore, for:

1.All travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, and

2.Making their own arrangements regarding, visa, medical, travel and personal property insurance and for paying any premiums in this connection.

3.Interns normally work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the section/office to which they are assigned to.


More information about the responsibilities and competencies of ICO interns, along with instructions on how to apply is available here.

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