INTERNSHIP - Environmental Security (Project LEAF)

INTERPOL - Vacancy Notice
Title: Project LEAF internship
Reference of the post: INT00565
Directorate: Organized and Emerging Crime
Sub-Directorate: Illicit Markets (Environmental Security)
Duty station: Lyon
Duration: 11 months
Estimated starting date: July 2016
Level of security clearance: Basic
Deadline for applications: 31 May 2016
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.


In order to combat the organized transnational nature of the criminal groups involved in illegal logging, an international, coordinated response is essential. Otherwise, halting illegal logging in one country will merely result in an increase in another as the demand for illegally logged wood products remains unchanged. Project LEAF aims to establish the institutionalized cooperation between national agencies and international partners to enhance information and intelligence sharing. For more detailed information please have a look at our website.
Throughout this internship, the selected applicant will be able to gain knowledge about illegal logging issues as well as develop research and analytical skills.
Supporting the LEAF Project the selected applicant will:
  • Assist with the collection and analysis of open source information
  • Assist with the preparation and drafting of Project LEAF reports and training manuals
  • Enter data in Project LEAF databases
  • Support advocacy and awareness raising on forestry crime
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the Project LEAF webpage and contact list
  • Assist with the coordination project functions (conferences, trainings, workshops)
  • Support the logistics of trainings, meetings and other events
  • Undertake ad hoc research and administrative assignments as requested
  • Carry out 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 country
  • 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 month of the date of submission (at least at bachelor degree level) in a relevant field of study (e.g. international relations, development studies, law)


  • Fluency in English (C2 level or native)

Specific skills

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team as well as independently
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Demonstrable interest in forestry crime
 In addition to the requirements, the following would be beneficial.
  • A good command of Spanish


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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