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Internship at the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat, Tromsø, Norway

17 February 2023
The IPS is looking for an intern interested in learning the aspects of working in an international environment. The duration of the internship is 10-12 months full time.

The Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat (IPS) is an entity within the Arctic Council Secretariat with its own board and a designated budget and work plan. The main task for the IPS is to facilitate the participation of Indigenous Peoples’ organizations (Aleut International Association, Arctic Athabaskan Council, Gwich’in Council International, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North and the Saami Council) in the work of the Arctic Council. The IPS has a staff of two people, one Executive Secretary and one Advisor.

Description and duties

The IPS is looking for an intern interested in learning the aspects of working in an international environment. The duration of the internship is 10-12 months full time. The intern will be under the guidance of experienced IPS secretariat staff members. An open mind to cultural differences and a team spirit is essential. The intern will be involved in the following tasks:

  • assist with daily administrative routines
  • provide administrative and logistical support in connection with meetings
  • assist with IPS social media and webpages
  • archiving processes (Sharepoint, SuperOffice, Open Access Repository)

The intern may be called upon to carry out or participate in other tasks as needed and according to the overall competencies of the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat.

Skills and qualifications

  • be enrolled in a university degree program, Bachelor’s or Master’s level (or having concluded studies)
  • service-minded disposition
  • multitasking abilities
  • highly organized
  • ability to work well in a team setting
  • experience with basic business software, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • excellent oral and written English
  • experience with living in the Arctic is an advantage

Demonstrated in depth knowledge of Indigenous Peoples’ languages, culture and traditions is an asset for this position.


Applicants for this position must be a citizen of one of the eight Arctic States; Canada, Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, United States, Sweden, Russian Federation and Norway.


The intern will be granted a temporary contract of 10-12 months with a probation period of two months. The salary will be according to the Arctic Council Secretariat Staff Rules Schedule B, level 6, step 1. The salary is subject to regular taxation in Norway. The IPS will cover travel to/from Tromsø. The IPS will not cover accommodation costs.

Office working hours are from Monday to Friday and a normal work week is 40 hours (8 hours/day) with a daily break of 30 minutes. The employee’s working hours may have to be carried out at some irregular hours under the direction of the IPS Executive Secretary. The Employee is entitled to 25 working days’ paid leave per year.

Application process

If you consider yourself the right candidate, you are invited to forward your resumé and a letter of interest (pdf) to

In the subject line of your e-mail, please include your full name and the phrase “IPS intern 2023”.

For further details and additional information, please contact the IPS Advisor, Ms. Rosa-Máren Magga

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 March 2023. The expected time of commencement is June 2023, the date will be based on agreement.