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Application procedures for United Nations Headquarters Internships in New York

Eligible candidates interested in participating in an internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York can apply by visiting the United Nations Career Portal:

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online well before the deadlines stated in the Internship Job Openings. No applications will be accepted after the deadlines. The deadlines for all current applications will be stated on the Career Portal website as well as in the Internship Job Openings.

All applicants are required to check their eligibility for the Internship Programme before applying.

Instructions for applications

Search Internship Job Openings

  • under "Category" choose "Internship"
  • under "Level", "Job Network" and "Job Family" select "All"
Click on "Search" button - you will be redirected to available Internship Job Openings.

Create a Personal Profile

On the first screen, you are asked to provide your personal and contact information. After completing first page, please click on "Go to Next Page". After providing all required information, save your data. Please note, that you must complete the first page or the system will not allow you to move forward.

Once your profile is saved, you can create an application by clicking on the "Create/Review Application" link (at the bottom of the "Careers Home" page).

In the "Complete Application" page, click on each of the different Sections (Preferences, Education and Work Experience, Skills, References, Cover Letter and Additional Info) and complete all fields in one single or in several sessions. Individual screens within one section have to be finished in one single session in order to be able to "save". Required fields are marked with an asterisk * and must be completed in order to be able to save data entered. It is imperative that you provide accurate and complete information, particularly in regard to your educational background and employment history. List each job held separately, including those that have been with the same employer. Under "Preferred field of work/Job Family", please enter the field of work that you are interested in. Under Cover Letter & Additional Info you are able to upload and attach documents (such as recommendation letters, proof of enrolment, Academic Credentials as well as any documents saved in word).

As far as navigation is concerned, "Continue" returns to the main "Complete Application" page whereas "Add More" allows you to add a new record within a particular section. Neither of these two buttons saves any entries. In order to save your data, you must click the "Save" button in the Complete Application page. It is recommended to hit "Save" regularly after having completed all mandatory fields within a section. After 60 minutes of inactivity, the system times out, which means you lose any data you entered since the last time you clicked "Save"

Confirmation of receipt of applications

Online applications will be automatically acknowledged where an e-mail address has been provided. Please note that you will receive two (2) confirmation e-mails:

  1. First e-mail confirms your registration
  2. Second e-mail confirms your application for an internship. E-mail, will be sent after the successful submission of your Application.

Questions on how to use Inspira

If you cannot log in to Inspira, or if you have a question on technical aspects of how to use Inspira, please contact the Inspira Support Center: .

You may also use the "Need help?" link on the Inspira home page or Contact Us on the Careers Portal (, .


Updated by DOD/OHRM, June 2011. Due to our limited resources, we might not be able to update our website as frequently as we would wish. Information may be subject to change without prior notification. Important notice: This site may contain links and references to third-party websites. The link sites are not under the control of the United Nations and the United Nations is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The United Nations provides these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link or reference does not imply the endorsement of the linked site by the United Nations.