IOM | Project Development Intern

Remote Internship Opportunity: IOM UN Migration Project Development Intern, Costa Rica


Costa Rica became a member of the IOM in December 1952, and by 1954 an IOM permanent office in the country was established. Since then, IOM Costa Rica has implemented far-reaching programs throughout the country covering all aspects of migration, including projects on labor migration, migration and development, counter-trafficking and anti- smuggling, and protection and assistance to vulnerable migrants. The project budget under the management of IOM Costa Rica includes a regional project that exceeds 15 million USD, over 90% of which is for other Central American and Caribbean countries and regional initiatives.

The Mesoamerica project budget allocates $2 million towards realizing critical migration initiatives in Costa Rica. IOM Costa Rica works closely with the with central and local governments of Costa Rica, other UN Agencies and external partners to mobilize these funds to promote the dignity and wellbeing of the diverse migrant communities in the country.

Under the direct supervision of the Project Officer, and in close coordination with the Project Assistant, the Labor Officer,  Protections Officer, and Regional Technical Specialists based at the Regional Office (RO) in San Jose, the employee in this position will assist the Mesoamerica program with project development, implementation, monitoring and communication

The intern's primary responsibilities include the following but could grow to encompass far more.

  • Work with partners and support the Project Manager in identifying new opportunities for project development
  • Support project development across thematic areas and in collaboration with UN and external partners. Activities include researching new initiatives that align with IOM's mission, conferring with Regional Technical Specialists, coordinating with partners, drafting and translating project proposal and concept note materials for IOM approval and as requested by donors.
  • Assist IOM in building, coordinating, and maintaining relationship with project partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Compile documentation and assist in drafting reports for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Organize and draft project reports to support communication and outreach activities as delegated by the Project Manager.
  • Facilitate IOM's role as Coordinator and Secretariat of the United Nation's Network for Migration in Costa Rica. Activities include communicating with member agencies, lending logistical and administrative support during meetings and follow up, and preparing proposals to the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund in collaboration with member agencies.
  • Participate in relevant meetings, workshops, conferences, and public events, and draft presentations, relevant notes for files, meeting minutes, action points, etc
  • Provide routine administrative and logistical backstopping support to different project components as required.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience working in migrant populations and has an awareness of the challenges and needs of migrant communities;
  • Experience with stakeholder mapping and collaborating with key local partners
  • Experience in project reporting, implementation, and development
  • Experience with project development and donor liaison
  • Experience conducting independent academic research involving participant interviews and practically applying research findings
  • Knowledge of the region is an advantage.



  • For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written), as is working knowledge with Spanish.



Location: Virtual

Duration: 8-10 weeks. 30-40 hours a week during Summer term.


May 12th, 2021


The standard grant for a remote internship is $1500, meant to help defray expenses while student is engaged in internship opportunity.

To be eligible for funding you must have an "L term" status with the college.


To apply for funding if you are a new applicant, complete the ONLINE APPLICATION by May 12  at 4pm. Candidates may indicate preference for up to three potential internship sites during a single application cycle and are required to answer a short supplemental question for each site. An application is considered INCOMPLETE if it does not include ALL items listed below.

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