United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ecuador (UNHCR) (Summer 2019)

Ecuador hosts the largest refugee population in Latin America and continued to receive an average of 1,000 asylum claims per month in 2013. A total of 170,965 persons have requested asylum since 1999. As of 30 September 2013, 54,865 persons have been recognized as refugees, representing almost a third of all asylum-seekers. UNHCR Ecuador has five field offices in addition to a national office.


  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate McGill student, returning to their current registered faculty in fall 2019.
  • Must possess language proficiency in English and Spanish (candidates should be capable of answering interview questions in Spanish).


The host organization is currently recruiting three McGill students for summer 2019. You may only apply to one position below, please indicate the position that interests you in your cover letter.

Download the internship postings:

PDF icon UNHCR - Livelihoods Intern - Summer 2019 [.pdf]

PDF icon UNHCR - Protection Intern - Summer 2019 [.pdf]

PDF icon UNHCR - Resettlement Intern - Summer 2019 [.pdf]

Carefully read application instructions before submitting your documents. Completed applications should be submitted via email to ion [at] mcgill.ca

Please note: If you are applying to a second degree at McGill and waiting for a response, you must hold a confirmation of acceptance by the application deadline and include it with your application material.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications closed for 2019.

SELECTION: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, within two weeks of application deadline. Please do not email to inquire about the status of your application. Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide a full commitment to the internship selection process by the UNHCR and waive any other internship opportunity at this time.

A formal acceptance of an ION internship is a final decision, and under no circumstances (unless health or family-related) can a student withdraw from the internship after accepting. The consequence of this would be refusal of candidature for future ION internship opportunities. Please remember, revoking a spot in one of the organizations means also revoking it from another student who might have had the opportunity to take it.

Successful candidates will receive an award from McGill University valued at $4,000-$6,000.

Successful candidates are required to attend the following sessions:

  • Cross-Cultural Workshop
  • Interns Responsibilities and Guidelines
  • University-Wide Pre-Departure Session
  • Internship Workshop: Success in a Professional Environment
  • Reception for Awards Recipients
  • Internship Debriefing Session (September)