Internship with DRC Global Protection Unit, Copenhagen hos Dansk Flygtningehjælp

The Global Protection Unit (GPU) is situated in the Department of Programme, Policy and External Relations, which is responsible for developing policy, programmatic concepts and strategies relevant to DRC’s operations and deliver technical programme support to operations within these areas. The GPU oversees DRC’s protection work globally, amongst others through development and dissemination of policy, standards and guidance, protection programme quality assurance, technical field support and capacity building on protection policies, standards, guidance and tools, and advocacy efforts.

About the Internship

The Intern will be a part of the GPU and support the Unit’s work on the Protection Sector components of Child Protection, Community-Based Protection, Gender-Based Violence, Legal Aid, Protection Information Management, Psycho-Social Support, as well as Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM), within three areas: Knowledge and information management; development, dissemination and roll out of global Protection policy, standards and guidance; and preparation and delivery of thematic events.

Under the guidance of GPU colleagues, the intern will support 1) Knowledge, information management and documentation (30%); 2) Contribute to the development and rollout of policies and guidance (30%); and 3) Contribute to preparation and delivery of thematic and learning events (40%).

Information and Knowledge Management

  • Information management, including analysis and surveys on Protection sector thematic and components, targeting protection professionals
  • Maintain and support the GPU knowledge management, including repository of policies, standards, guidance, tools and reference documents and the Protection Sector’s intranet page

Development and Rollout of Protection Policies & Guidance

  • Develop and support GPU communication and rollout of protection policy & guidance efforts
  • Contribute to the development / update of protection policy and guidance (e.g. Child protection, Community-Based Protection and Prevention of protection risks)
  • Contribute to the continued rollout of the Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM) Policy & operational guidance

Preparation and Delivery of Thematic & Learning Events

  • Support the development of protection related webinars and podcasts
  • Contribute to preparation and delivery of thematic learning events
  • Coordinate and support GPU administrative tasks, including monthly Protection Coordinator meetings and the annual Global Protection Network meeting in Spring 2023

We offer you the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience from working in an internationally recognised humanitarian NGO
  • Gain knowledge of international protection and humanitarian work
  • Work independently with assignments
  • Be part of an enthusiastic and dynamic team
  • Create and complete your own development project

We offer flexibility in the type of tasks, so you also have the possibility to influence the tasks, subject to what is relevant for your study programme.

About You

To be successful in this role we expect you to:

  • Communicate clearly and be able to engage with colleagues from different cultures
  • Thrive working as a part of a team and be able to work independently and handle challenges in a constructive and positive way
  • Show attention to detail and commitment to delivering products of high quality
  • Be proactive, open-minded and flexible towards the different tasks assigned to you, including being willing and interested in undertaking other ad hoc tasks, as required
  • Commit to the values and Code of Behaviour of the Danish Refugee Council

All employees and interns in DRC should master DRC's core competencies: Communicating, Taking the lead, Collaborating, Striving for excellence and Demonstrating integrity.

Your Profile:

  • Currently studying at BA or MA level
  • Interest in humanitarian work, forced displacement, human rights and protection work
  • interest in working on Protection sector components, including Child protection, Community-based protection, Gender-based violence
  • Creative competencies and ability to think outside of the box, to identify and develop engaging and stimulating channels through which to communicate to different target groups
  • Analytical skills and ability to grasp and communicate abstract concepts

It is a requirement that you are enrolled in a university in order to be considered for the internship.

We offer

Contract length: 4-6 months subject to study requirements and further dialogue

Workplace: DRC Headquarters located Borgergade 10, Copenhagen

Start date: Mid-January / start February. We can be flexible on the start date.

Working hours: Approximately 30 hours per week, subject to study requirements and further dialogue. We offer flexibility when you have study obligations next to the internship.


The internship is not paid but we offer:

  • 2,08 (unpaid) vacation days per month. The days can either be spent as you earn them or be accumulated
  • Free lunch in our canteen (subject to our canteen being open)
  • Free participation in our Winter/Summer party

Please note that if you do not have the right to work in Denmark (through nationality or existing work visa), you will need to apply for it if selected for the internship.

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter, an updated CV in English as well as documentation that you are enrolled in a university. If you are applying for more than one internship with DRC, please indicate so in your cover letter. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at

Closing date for applications: 20 November 2022. We expect to conduct interviews end November/start December in our headquarters in Borgergade or via Teams.

Further information

For questions regarding the internship please contact Head of Global Protection Unit, Kathrine Starup, .

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website .