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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q. I want to work for the UN. Where can I send my resume?

A. To apply, please see employment opportunities or volunteering.

Q. Can I apply for an internship?

A. The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate programme to undertake an internship at its Headquarters in New York.

Q. Can I receive financial assistance from the UN?

A. Financial aid is not available to individuals or private organizations through the UN.

Q. How can I contribute to the work of the UN?

A. The Organization accepts voluntary financial contributions if consistent with its aims and activities.

Q. I received an email from a UN organization and/or a UN official. Could this be a scam?

A. Some electronic messages may falsely state that they are issued by, or in association with, the United Nations. See Fraud Alert.

Q. I would like to send a proposal via e-mail to the Secretary-General. What is his e-mail address?

A: E-mails addressed to the Secretary-General should be sent through this form. Proposals can only be taken up by the United Nations when presented by an official representative of a Member State and after being duly inscribed on the agenda of the Organization and voted on by its members.

Q. I have a project to advance the United Nations goals. Does the UN offer financial, logistical or legal assistance?

A. No. Being an Organization of sovereign states, its resources are allocated only to programmes which have been officially approved by its members.

However, there are several ways Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) can collaborate with the UN on its activities. Please visit the following sites:

Q. I have a school assignment about the UN. Where can I find more information?

A. Please visit the following sites to find general information about the UN: UN Charter, UN Emblem and Flag, UN in Brief, UN History, and Cyberschoolbus.

Q. Does the UN offer scholarships? 

A: The UN offers no general scholarship or student exchange programme. However, UNESCO's Study Abroad contains information on study, travel and work in Member countries. This publication contains information concerning higher education and training opportunities in all discipline. It includes details on scholarships, financial assistance, university-level courses, short-term courses, training programmes, student employment possibilities and facilities for handicapped.

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