The International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) is an initiative dedicated to promoting and ensuring responsible, transparent and accountable private security practices worldwide to reduce human rights risks along companies’ supply chains. Established in 2013 in response to concerns about the accountability and conduct of private security companies, ICoCA oversees the implementation of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (the ‘Code’), a comprehensive framework outlining principles for private security companies. It serves as a global mechanism to regulate the industry and foster a secure global environment where communities and individuals are respected and protected. The ICoCA Secretariat, based in Geneva, Switzerland, carries out the Association’s principal implementation and oversight.

The Association is currently seeking an Intern to support the Communications and Outreach team. This position will play a crucial role in supporting the development and execution of a communication and marketing strategy, elevating the Association’s profile with key stakeholder groups.

Please note this is an unpaid internship offered for Academic Credit and a duration of 6 months maximum.



  • Collaborate with the Association’s Members to draft their profiles for inclusion on the website.
  • Build/expand a database of key contacts within the client base of private security companies.
  • Develop communication and outreach materials, including blog or social media posts, and assist in creating communication materials linked to all functions of the Secretariat.
  • Conduct performance analysis to help with decision-making and shape the team’s strategy.
  • Support the website management:
    • Update the ICoCA website with relevant pieces of news.
    • Translate materials in both French and Spanish.
  • Help to plan and oversee social media campaigns.
  • Assist in the organisation of various in person and online events.


  • Ongoing Master candidate with experience in or a focus on international human rights, international humanitarian law, international affairs, international economics or international relations.
  • Outstanding drafting, writing, content development and editorial skills.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, content management systems and social media platforms.
  • Creativity and proficiency in design tools (Canva, InDesign, etc.).
  • Demonstrated interest in marketing and communications.
  • Interest in the impact of private security on human rights and humanitarian law.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others in an international, dynamic and fast-paced work environment.
  • English is required; knowledge of a Spanish and/or French is a plus.


Type of position: Part-time, 15 hrs per week/flexible.

Duration: 6 months maximum.

Location: ICoCA’s headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

Start Date: Ideally 17 June 2024.


Those interested in this opportunity should submit their application through the link below by 26 May 2024.