United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Lynn Meskell, Professor, Anthropology

About the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, an international treaty adopted by UNESCO in 1972. 
UNESCO exists to bring creative intelligence to life. Its focus is on holistic policies that are capable of addressing the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development.
UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee will meet in Manama, Bahrain in July 2018. The Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, which defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from States’ Parties. It examines reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties and asks States’ Parties to take action when properties are not being properly managed. It also decides on the inscription or deletion of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger.


The FSI Global Policy intern will work for a period of nine or ten weeks during Summer 2017. During the internship period, the intern will have the opportunity to attend the World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain from June 24, 2018 to July 4, 2018.  The intern will otherwise be based at UNESCO offices in Paris.
The intern’s project will focus on the preparation and follow-up for the World Heritage Committee meeting. Alessandro Balsamo, member of UNESCO’s Policy and Statutory Meetings Unit, will mentor the intern during the internship period. Various tasks will include:
  • Creation of PDF versions of nominations
  • Assist in the preparation of the working document on factual errors to be found in the Advisory Bodies Evaluation of nominations
  • Update of webpages relating to the newly inscribed properties
  • Preparation of briefings and statistics relating to nominations
  • Eligibility and Skills Required:
  • The internship is open to seniors, coterms and graduate students. All majors are welcome to apply. The selected student must complete a Stanford spring quarter 2018 course taught by Dr. Elisabeth Niklasson, a visiting scholar from Stockholm University’s Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.  Dr. Niklasson is an expert on European Union international heritage bureaucracy. FSI will inform the selected student of the name and course listing of the required class.  Click here to view the 2017 course syllabus.


Additional requirements:

  • Excellent spoken and written knowledge of one of the two UNESCO working languages: English or French
  • Knowledge of office-related software (Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Professional)
  • Strong written and analytical skills
  • Language Requirement:
  • French preferred but not required.


The internship is located in Paris, France. During the internship period, the intern will travel to Manama, Bahrain for the World Heritage Committee meeting.


Visa Requirements:

Students must be eligible to travel to France and Bahrain and must have a passport valid until March 2018. A visa is generally not required unless the student has been studying abroad in Europe in the preceding quarter, or will be studying abroad in the following quarter. FSI will help finalists with the visa process.



FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed  $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. The budget should include all costs of participating in the World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain.

Special Note:

UNESCO may require the intern to sign a legal agreement with the organization as a condition of the internship. 


The application deadline is February 7, 2018, at 11:59 pm. Applicants will be asked to submit:
  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.


Apply here: https://solo.stanford.edu/opportunities/united-nations-educational-scien...