Internship at the Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Norway

8 June 2021
The ACS is looking for an intern interested in learning the aspects of working in an international environment.

The Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS) serves and supports the work of the Arctic Council, and in particular the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Our main tasks include administrative and organizational support such as arranging and servicing meetings, assisting the Chair in drafting meeting documents and reports, communication and outreach including operating the Arctic Council website, provide information on the Arctic Council and contribute in the development of strategic communication and outreach plans. The ACS also provides services to Permanent Participants, Working Groups, Expert Groups and Task Forces.

Description and duties

The ACS 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 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
  • purchase of office supplies
  • general upkeep of office area
  • 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 Secretariat.

Skills and qualifications

  • be enrolled in a university degree program, Bachelor's or Master's level (or having concluded studies no later than 12 months before the application deadline)
  • 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
  • good oral and written English
  • experience with living in the Arctic is an advantage


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 (approximately NOK 26 000 per month). The salary is subject to regular taxation in Norway. The ACS will cover travel to/from Tromsø. The ACS will not cover accommodation costs.

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 “ACS intern 2021”.
For further details and additional information, please contact the Head of administration, Mr. André Skrivervik;

The deadline for receipt of applications is 27 June 2021. Interviews will be conducted on 29-30 June. The expected date of commencement is 1 September 2021.