Internships at ICLD

Are you interested in local democracy, international development or human rights? Apply for an internship at the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy! Apply through the FUF internship programme between 7-26 September 2020 for a great opportunity filled with challenges and responsibility.

General information

The Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) believes that critically important change happens at the local level. Local governments are at the core of democratic development around the world, and it is the everyday work carried out by villages, towns, cities, municipalities and regions, that creates the change that is fundamental for equitable, inclusive and sustainable global development. With its focus on local democracy, local self-governance and decentralisation, ICLD serves as an initiator of new research and knowledge generation as well as a link to existing knowledge and expertise. We strengthen local governments’ capacity to analyse, prioritize and implement Agenda 2030 in accordance with their own resources and needs. ICLD programmes aim at strengthening local democratic institutions.

About the internship

This is an opportunity for Masters students who want to do an internship within the framework of a social science, communication or humanities education at a Swedish university or college. ICLD offers students the opportunity to apply their educational experience through practical work assignments in the field they would like to build a career in. Our internal working language is Swedish, and our documentation and reports are often written in English, so you need to be proficient in both Swedish and English in both speech and writing.

Our former intern Izabelle describes her internship at ICLD’s knowledge center (in Swedish)

Benefits of an internship at ICLD

The goal of the internship is for interns to gain a deeper understanding of Swedish international development cooperation and increased knowledge about local democracy. Interns are part of the team and participate in our daily activities. They are encouraged to apply knowledge from academic studies to real-world situations as well as develop a small project relevant to their studies. We offer the chance for you to advance your research, writing, communications, and media skills, and an opportunity to contribute to ICLD’s work, and to get experience and insights on:

  • International cooperation in the field of local democracy
  • City to city learning
  • Knowledge sharing in the context of development
  • Communications
  • Research on best practices regarding local development

We are looking for students who have some familiarity with and/or wish to develop their skills and experience in any of the following areas:

Our former intern Joel describes his internship at the ICLD municipal partnership program


Tasks vary according to organisational needs and priorities. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Collecting, organising and disseminating “best cases” and learning outcomes from our International Training Programmes or Municipal Partnerships Programme
  • Conducting literature reviews, case studies or country analyses
  • Organising workshops
  • Processing and reviewing applications for municipal partnerships
  • Contributing to content creation for social media platforms and communication channels


Tasks vary according to organisational needs and priorities. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: 

  • Writing articles and case studies outlining the work of the training, research and partnership programmes
  • Editing and managing website copy
  • Website content management
  • Creating targeted and impactful social media posts; contributing to newsletters and blog posts
  • Proof-reading
  • Translations
  • Image selection

Required skills/experience

  • Enrolled in a Masters programme (or internship course) at a Swedish university
  • Studying in an area relevant to ICLD’s work such as global studies, political science, communications, international development, human rights, sociology or other social sciences, or similar
  • Demonstrated interest in governance/development issues
  • Able to assess, manage and structure information, have good analytical skills, can work independently, and can prioritise and structure work
  • Candidates should be creative thinkers, self-motivated, well-organised
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with different groups and cultures
  • Good command of Swedish and English (both written and verbal)
  • Can show sensitivity and respect regardless of culture, gender, religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation and age

Desired skills/experience

  • Interested in or have knowledge of Sweden’s development cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as some knowledge about the role of local governments in development
  • Knowledge of languages from ICLD’s partner countries is an asset
  • Media and graphic design skills are desirable
  • Knowledge and/or experience with communications, social media and marketing is desirable

Additional information

Internships are unpaid and full-time during the spring and autumn semesters. We do not offer internships during the summer. Interns are responsible for arranging and paying for their accommodation in Visby. Regarding requirements for interns’ presence in Visby, we will be flexible during due to the current pandemic situation. This means that the interns do not have to be present in the office but are given the opportunity to work remotely. If the intern still wants to be on site in Visby, the same rules will apply as for everyone else – that you may report your presence according to routine. ICLD will be able to assist the trainees financially with travel to Visby a few times during the internship period.


Research internship: apply by sending a cover letter and 2-page CV to the email below.

Communications internship: apply through the FUF internship programme. Closing date for all applications is 26 September 2020. Please note that all interviews will be conducted by Skype video call. Questions about the internship may be directed to Malaika Mikaelsson,, tel 0498-29 91 49.