While DSPD Focal Point on Youth itself is unable to consider applications for internships, it does take interns from time to time through the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme. This page contains information on internships available throughout the United Nations system and other international organizations. Please contact each office directly regarding programmes and not our office as we only host this list.
Details about an internship programme listed below are meant to be a guide only. While every effort has been taken to ensure that this information is accurate, details should always be checked with reference to the web site of the organization in question. If you are aware of other UN internship programmes that are not listed below, please send us the details.
Economic and and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
The purpose of the programme is to promote among the participants a better understanding of major problems confronting the world and to give them an insight into how the United Nations attempts to find solutions to these problems. The programme also provides ESCWA with the assistance in the implementation of its programme by availing itself of the services of outstanding young students and professionals in fields relevant to our work, such as agriculture, computer science, demography, economics, energy, engineering, environment, finance, international relations, journalism, mass media, political economy, public administration, sociology, statistics and translation and terminology.
The duration of the ESCWA Internship programme is from three to six months. It is awarded on the recommendation of, and in consultation with, the Chief of Division. Interns spend at least three working days per week in the Division carrying out their assignment under the supervision of a staff member for a minimum of four hours per day.
The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the ESCWA Internship programme:
- Applicants should be graduate students or holders of a first university degree or their equivalent who intend to study further or to work in a field relevant to the ESCWA work programme. Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a masters level degree. A national institution should sponsor the candidate. Academic institutions should certify that the internship is part of their programme study.
- Applicants normally should not be more than 30 years of age.
- Individuals who are interested in doing an internship at ESCWA should submit a duly completed application form. Copies of their university diplomas and certificates of their grades should accompany the application.
- Applicants should also submit an essay, written in Arabic, English or French stating the purpose of the internship and how it will contribute to their overall academic/professional goals. The deadline for receipt of applications is two months before the starting date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Applicants should be fluent in Arabic, English or French. Endorsement of application by the sponsoring institutions must be clearly indicated in the application form.
For more information: http://www.escwa.org.lb
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
The internship programme at the Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) of the United Nations at Santiago is aimed at granting ad hoc internships to graduate students who have specialized in a field related to the work of this Commission. These internships are intended to promote among the participants a better understanding of international problems and give an insight into the work of ECLAC and also to provide departments with the assistance of outstanding young students specializing in a field related to their own work.
For more information: http://www.eclac.org/acerca/default.asp?file=praprof-i.htm
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
While FAO does not have any regular internship programme, the Organization has launched a Volunteer Programme. Prospective FAO Volunteers must meet the following criteria:
- be at least 18 years old;
- be a citizen of a Member Nation;
- be certified as medically fit to work;
- have appropriate residence or immigration status in the country of assignment, as applicable;
- provide FAO with a written proposal for an assignment, to be evaluated by FAO as suitable for volunteer action and within the mandate of the Organization;
- have fluency in at least one of the five official languages of the Organization: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.
For more information, FAO Internship programme
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
For more information: Internships
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Arusha
The Programme has the dual function of training young professionals and providing expertise to the ICTR and is geared towards providing offices at the ICTR with the assistance of students and professionals specializing in fields relevant to the work of the Tribunal, such as international relations, law, economics, political science, philosophy, journalism, translation and terminology. The purpose of the Programme is:
- To provide the participants with important practical experience which compliments their field of study and which will, at the same time, be of benefit to the office to which the intern is assigned;
- To promote, among participants, a better understanding of major global problems confronting the world and to give them an insight into how the ICTR attempts to find solutions to the problems, and
- To expose the participants to the ICTR and its policies and programmes and have them become ambassadors of good will. ICTR accepts interns on a limited basis depending on the specific needs of work units at the ICTR, Arusha/Kagali/the Hague, and their capacity to effectively support and supervise the interns and subject also to availability of office space. The programme does not consist of clearly defined internship positions, rather, the ICTR will define the number and nature of internships, on a continuous basis, according to the needs of the various offices; the selection and recruitment procedure will, consequently, be on an ongoing basis and each intern will carry out his or her assignments under the supervision of a designated staff member of the ICTR. Eligibility criteria:
- Applicants should be currently enrolled in a graduate (Masters or equivalent) or post-graduate (Ph.D) programme.
- Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages should have completed at least three years of university studies.
- Applications must be endorsed by their educational institution.
- Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career, holders of public office or expecting to hold public office.
- Applicants must state clearly and precisely their particular field of interest and/or submit a topic for a thesis or paper on international humanitarian law/human rights/international criminal law/comparative law/ international law.
- Applicants must be proficient in English and/or French. Knowledge of Swahili and/or Kinyarwanda would be an asset.
- Applicants in Diploma Programmes or at educational institutions in technical areas such as Law or Journalism who require an attachment in order to complete their educational requirements will also be considered.
For more information: International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Internship Programme http://www.ictr.org/default.htm
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), Hamburg
The purposes of the internship programme of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea are to give the participants the opportunity to gain an understanding of the work and functions of the Tribunal and to enable the Tribunal and its Members to benefit from the assistance of persons with relevant knowledge and skills in areas within the scope of activities of the Tribunal.
Participants in the programme will be expected to be able to contribute to the work of the Tribunal in the fields of, inter alia, the law of the sea, public international law, international organizations and international relations, political science, public information, publications and library science, and translation.
The Internship Programme of the Tribunal is normally a full-time programme. Other arrangements are possible. Under supervision the intern carries out assignments for Members of the Tribunal and the Registry. The internship usually covers a period of two to six months. In exceptional cases, individual internships may be extended. The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the Internship Programme:
- applicants should have completed at least three years of university studies;
- applicants should normally be engaged in a degree-granting or postgraduate programme at the time of application and also during the internship;
- applicants should normally not be more than 35 years of age;
- applicants should have a good command of the English and/or the French language; and
- applicants should have an interest in international law, specifically in international law of the sea, or international affairs.
For more information: ITLOS Internships
International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva
For more information: ITC Internship Programme
International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO), Turin
Subject to need and available opportunities, the Centre can accept “interns” to work on different programmes or sectors for periods ranging from one to several months.
Endorsed by their institutes, interns should be students in the process of completing their studies or have just graduated and are interested in working at the Centre – without remuneration – in order to acquire work experience at an international organization.
Individual internships for students and graduates aim to provide an insight into the work of the Centre and promote a better understanding of the management of international organizations. All expenses (indemnity, allocation, travel, accommodation, etc.) must be borne by the interns themselves or by their sponsoring institutions. The Centre levies no charges for the organization requesting or sponsoring the internship.
For more information: ITC-ILO Internships
International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva
There are two major fields for internship at the ILO:
- Professional: Students undertaking advanced studies in a technical field of interest to the ILO are eligible to apply. Fields include social security, labour economics, labour statistics, labour law, condition of work, women and gender issues, etc.
- Secretarial: Students in specialized secondary schools or in secretarial schools are eligible to apply for secretarial internship. Language qualifications are important (English and French).
For more information:
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), The Hague
The Internship Programme of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia offers graduate students of the international community the possibility to enhance their professional training in the unique environment of an international court. The Internship Programme is open to those candidates who have an educational background in a number of areas, including law, journalism, translation and interpretation, and information technology. In addition to participating in the day-to-day activities, Interns are invited to attend lectures, and other activities which all have particular relevance to the work of the Tribunal.
A majority of the Internship positions available at the Tribunal are of a legal nature. Applicants must have a university degree, or be in the final stage of their graduate studies. Preference is given to law graduates who are acquainted with one or more of the following disciplines: public international law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, private international law, criminal law, comparative law, and criminology. Applicants applying for a non-legal Internship need degrees or advanced training relevant to the section they wish to apply for e.g. journalism, translation and interpretation, information technology, engineering, logistics, or human resources management.
- Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career.
- Applicants must be proficient in English and/or French, both written and oral. Knowledge of other languages, particularly Bosnian/ Croatian/Serbian, is an asset.
- There is no age restriction for applicants, although generally candidates are aged between 20 and 35 years old.
- Applicants should be sponsored and/or nominated by an educational institution, government body or private organisation, in conjunction with the Application Form.
For more information:
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
The purpose of an Internship or programme is to promote among the participants a better understanding of the United Nations and of IFAD. By the term “intern,” IFAD intends university students of less than 30 years of age who are offered the opportunity to acquire knowledge of a “real work” environment to the mutual benefit of both the Organization and the intern. Interns are fully involved in the work programme of the Division that has selected them to carry out assignments relevant to their studies under the supervision of a responsible staff member. The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the Internship Programme:
- Applicants should not be more than 30 years of age.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in a recognized university or graduate school and have successfully completed at least two years’ undergraduate studies.
- Applicants that have just obtained their first recognized degree or Masters’ degree and wish to earn experience in their field of completed studies.
- Spouses, sons, daughters, brothers or sisters of IFAD staff will not be considered eligible for this Programme. Interns may offer their services without compensation. Alternatively, Interns will be paid the equivalent of an all-inclusive lumpsum amount of USD 600 per month, less any payment received from a sponsor. If the intern receives funding from a sponsor, then IFAD will pay the difference between this amount and the all-inclusive lumpsum amount. The payment will be pro-rated for periods of less than one month on the basis of 30 days per month.
For more information: IFAD Internship Programme
International Maritime Organization (IMO), London
International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington D.C.
Fund Internship Program (FIP)
Internships are offered to about 50 students each year. Work is undertaken at IMF headquarters in Washington D.C., between June and October. Internships are a minimum of 10 weeks duration, and maximum of 12 weeks duration.
Fund interns work under the supervision of experienced colleagues to carry out a research project, and prepare a research paper. Papers may be presented to IMF staff at the end of the internship, and those of the highest standard may be published internally to the IMF.
Research topics are derived from the IMF work program—the host department’s needs. Past projects have delved into a broad spectrum of economic issues. A few of the 2016 and 2017 FIP research topics included:
- Preferential access to credit: evidence from Brazil
- Credit Demand and Supply during the U.S. Recovery
- Climate change—a contribution to this analytical chapter in the October 2017 WEO
- Impact of commodity price shocks on financial stability in developing countries.
- Explore non-linear effects of oil price shocks on growth (Kazakhstan).
- Spillover effects of ECB unconventional monetary policies
- Impact of foreign direct investment and portfolio investment on gender inequality in developing countries
- Systemic risk amplifiers for stress testing based on inferred networks
- Survey literature on public sector BSA
- Spillovers: measuring third party effects
- Technology and income polarization
- Carbon tax, structural transformation and inequality
- Consumption and wealth in Italy
- Debt sustainability, capacity to repay and other risk assessments
- Productivity and volatility in Europe/Euro Area
- Financing costs in sub-Saharan Africa—Overshooting or fundamentals?
- Trade Integration in Latin America
- Macroeconomic and structural policies and gender inequality
- Bond trading: big data analytics
- Evaluating post-implementation effects of the G20 financial regulatory reforms
- Benchmarking policy frameworks in low-income countries
The IMF’s Legal Department is also offering an internship under this program. The successful applicant will be assigned research for the Legal Department and be supervised by a senior member of the department. In past years, the Legal Department’s FIP has had the opportunity to complete:
- Analysis of the legal framework for capital controls under the European Economic Area
- Research on the insolvency of non-bank financial institutions
- Research on the legal mandate of the IMF in financial regulation
- Cross-country comparisons of effectiveness of AML/CFT efforts
To be eligible for the FIP, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Must be within one to two years of completing a Ph.D. in macroeconomics or a related field and be in student status (i.e. must be returning to university after the internship). Typically, internships are sought by those who are interested in the IMF’s Economist Program following graduation from the Ph.D.
- Be below the age of 32 at the commencement of the internship.
- Have an excellent command of English, written and oral.
- Possess strong analytical, quantitative and computer skills.
Master’s degree students
- Must be in student status at the commencement of internship (not yet graduated).
- Be below the age of 28 at the commencement of the internship.
- Have an excellent command of English, written and oral.
- Possess strong analytical, quantitative and computer skills
For more information: Fund Internship Program (FIP)
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Geneva
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, has internship opportunities at the UNAIDS offices in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose of granting internships is to enable carefully selected graduate students to participate in the work of UNAIDS, and enable them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of UNAIDS’ goals, policies and activities. Eligibility to participate is normally confined to persons who are engaged in a course of study leading to an additional formal qualification in an approved graduate programme. S/he should be fluent in English and a working knowledge of a second language (French/Spanish) would be desirable. Computer skills are also required (Word/Excel). Persons closely related by blood or by marriage to staff members are not eligible for internships.
No remuneration of any kind is offered, and the intern must meet all expenses for travel and subsistence and must have adequate health insurance. UNAIDS will provide accident insurance coverage only.
The unit receiving the intern is responsible for the development of a relevant programme for the duration of the internship and interns are expected to devote themselves full-time to the work assigned to them. The duration of an internship is limited to a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months. Employment in UNAIDS cannot immediately follow the period of internship and the break between the internship and possible employment must be at least one year. Internships are always based in Geneva.
For more information: UN AIDS Internship Programme.
UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg
The UIE offers internships in the departments of Publication/Infrmation, Documentation and Administration as well as in research projects. Regular duration is two to three months.
For more information: UNESCO Institute for Education Internships: http://www.unesco.org/education/uie/institute/internships.shtml
United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)
To be considered for an internship in UNICEF, you must meet the following requirements:
- You should be a currently enrolled graduate or post-graduate student in a field related to international or social development, child survival or development or management. You must be enrolled during the proposed internship period. We do not accept undergraduates.
You should be fluent in English and one other UNICEF working language i.e. French or Spanish.
Your academic performance should be excellent, as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
Your application for an internship should be supported by your university or related institution. A minimum requirement is a letter from one of your professors supporting your application
For more information: UNICEF Internship Programme http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_internship.html.
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Vienna
The International Trade Law Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (ITLD), which serves as the substantive secretariat of UNCITRAL, offers an internship program for a selected number of applicants who have completed their graduate studies or are pursuing postgraduate studies. The Division includes a Legislative Branch and a Technical Assistance Section Those are tasked, respectively, with the development of harmonized legislative texts, and the provision of technical assistance, with respect to the adoption and use of UNCITRAL legal texts.
Internship objectives: In determining the area and substance of the intern’s work, account will be taken of the projects currently being undertaken in the Division, the qualifications of the intern and the purpose of the internship as expressed by the sponsoring institution or the intern. Interns will be normally requested to undertake tasks, under the supervision of a legal officer, in connection with the ongoing projects of UNCITRAL working groups, or with the activities of promotion of UNCITRAL texts and assistance to legal reform.
Internship’s assignment could include:
Assisting with the research and preparation of comparative legal studies. Assisting with the preparation and drafting of legal texts (e.g. draft conventions and model laws), including conducting related background studies. Undertaking ad hoc legal and administrative assignments as requested.
Technical Assistance Section:
Contributing to the identification of legislative reform needs and assistance requirements in selected countries and/or sectors. Assisting with the collection and analysis of case law on UNCITRAL texts. Assisting with the development and maintenance of the UNCITRAL web-site.
For more information: (http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/vacancies_internships.html)
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (IRIN-Nairobi)
IRIN is a unique humanitarian news and analysis service. Part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, IRIN provides original content about emergencies to an audience of millions worldwide through the internet, TV and radio. http://www.irinnews.org/jobs.aspx.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECESD) - Statistical Division
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Statistical Division accepts interns from time to time on an ad hoc basis. The internships, which are intended to promote a better understanding of ECE’s work in the field of East-West economic co-operation, are open to graduate students and to others with higher qualifications and professional experience, who have specialized in a field related to the ECE programmes of work, namely: chemicals, coal, electric power, energy, environment, gas, housing, building and planning, inland transport, economic analysis, standardization, statistics, timber, trade and water problems. The duration of an internship shall not normally exceed three months.
Internships are offered free-of-charge and without financial remuneration. The United Nations accepts no legal or administrative liability for interns who are not accorded the status of a United Nations staff member. All costs connected with an internship, including travel, accommodation and insurance, are borne by the intern or his/her sponsor. An internship carries no expectancy of subsequent employment with the United Nations. Interns are required to produce a certificate of good health upon their arrival and, wherever applicable, to obtain themselves the appropriate visa. Interns must be sponsored by their country’s government or Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva or by their University.
For more information: UN ECE Statistical Division Internship Programme http://www.unece.org/oes/internships/internship_prog.htm.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
At the request of the competent authorities of Member States, the Secretariat at the Headquarters accepts interns for periods between one and three months.
Applicants should fall into one of the following categories :
- National Officials
- Graduate or post-graduate students (bachelor’s degree completed) currently registered in a university in an area directly related to the Organisation’s fields of interest.
Applicants should be proficient in at least one of the Secretariat working languages (i.e. English or French). Individual internships are unpaid. All expenditures including travel to and from the place of origin are borne by the applicant. The Organization provides a special insurance policy covering the risk of invalidity, death, and medical expenses in case of accidents/sickness, subject to certain restrictions.
For more information: UNESCO Internships
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
The objective of the internship programme is to provide a framework through which graduate and postgraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to the UNFCCC to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments. It allows selected candidates to gain insight into the work of the United Nations and provides assistance and training in various professional fields.
UNFCCC’s internship programme is coordinated by the Administrative Services Programme and a designated focal point is responsible for liaising with the relevant substantive programmes for placement of intern candidates. At the end of an internship period, both the intern and the staff member acting as his/her supervisor are required to submit an evaluation report to the designated focal point of the Internship Programme.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), Geneva
Internships for graduate students are available at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). These internships are intended to:
- increase the intern’s understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give them an insight into the work of the United Nations and OHCHR in particular; and
- provide OHCHR and the United Nations Human Rights mechanisms with the assistance and contribution of outstanding young students or graduates.
The relationship between the Organization and the intern is one of mutual benefit. Interns are assigned to an organizational unit of OHCHR according to the needs of the Office and their own areas of interest. They are involved, inter alia, in: researching human rights issues, drafting analytical papers and reports, providing substantive and technical servicing of meetings, backstopping fact-finding and technical cooperation activities as well as field operations and supporting other OHCHR activities, depending on the exigencies of the Office. As part of the internship programme, OHCHR endeavours to brief interns through a series of information sessions on human rights issues conducted by staff of the Office.
The participants in the internship programme are selected from graduate students and holders of graduate level degrees in disciplines related to the work of the United Nations, e.g. International Law, Political Science, History, Social Sciences. Preference will be given to those, within these disciplines, who have specialized in human rights issues. Typically, interns do not have previous working experience of this nature. Applicants must be sponsored by an academic institution and must have a good command of at least two of the six official languages of the United Nations, i.e. English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese. Drafting ability in either English or French is required.
The maximum number of interns accepted by OHCHR at any given time is 24. Interns are selected twice a year: in May/June, for the year’s third quarter (1 July – 30 September) and fourth quarter (1 October – 31 December), and in November/December, for the following year’s first quarter (1 January – 31 March) and second quarter (1 April – 30 June). Unless specifically contemplated under an agreement between OHCHR and an academic institution, internships are for a minimum period of three months and may be renewed once for a further three-month period. The maximum duration of internships at OHCHR is six months. When applying for an internship, candidates should indicate the quarter(s) for which they wish to be considered.
For more information: OHCHR Internships http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/InternshipProgramme.aspx.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva
The objectives of the UNHCR Internship Scheme are to:
- Primarily, provide interns with an opportunity to gain practical work experience related to their academic programme or future work in a field related to UNHCR’s mission.
Secondly, enable UNHCR work units and offices to benefit from the work undertaken by Interns;
Typically Interns are undergraduate or graduate students studying in the area of law, political science, economic and social development, international relations, public policy and administration. Interns must be able to work fairly independently and demonstrate initiative and flexibility to effectively benefit from an internship in UNHCR.
For more information: UNHCR Internships: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c49d.html.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Germany
Internships (Germany) http://www.unhcr.org/dach/de/ueber-uns/karriere-jobs/praktikum-bei-unhcr-deutschland
United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Turin and Rome
UNICRI assists intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations in formulating and implementing improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. The Institute identifies appropriate strategies and instruments for crime prevention and control so as to contribute to socioeconomic development, increased security and the protection of human rights, by designing practical models and systems aimed at providing support for policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.
The objective of the UNICRI Internship Programme is to enhance the educational experience of graduate and post-graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds through practical work assignments and on-the-job experience, and to expose them to the work of the United Nations. The Programme is also aimed to provide UNICRI with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields, including, amongst others, criminology, public information, law, political and social sciences.
Under the framework of the Internship Programme, UNICRI accepts a limited number of unpaid interns for 3 semesters – Spring, Summer and Fall – each year, in its Headquarters in Turin and Liaison Office in Rome.
Usually the positions are announced in July, November and March. For more information, including eligibility, deadlines and application process, please visit: http://www.unicri.it/institute/join_us/jobs/internships/
United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)
Link to the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)
United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna
Since 1985, the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have accepted a limited number of unpaid interns on an ad hoc basis.
The purpose of the programme is threefold:
- To provide a framework by which graduate and postgraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to the United Nations offices, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
- To expose them to the work of the United Nations;
- To provide United Nations offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.
The specific guidelines for the placement and admission of interns at United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are set out below.
Interns may be accepted to the programme provided the following conditions are met:
- The applicant is a graduate student or holder of a first university degree or equivalent who intends to study further or to work in a field relevant to UNOV’s and UNODC’s activities; or
- If the applicant is pursuing studies in a country where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, he/she must have completed at least three years of university studies;
- Applicants who are undergraduates (with no completed first degree) will not be eligible to participate in the programme.
- The applicant should be fluent in at least one of the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, i.e. English and French. Knowledge of other official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) would be an asset.
Fields of study: Social and political sciences, psychology, economics, journalism, finance, business administration, international relations, and international law (trade, criminal, public, comparative laws).
Duration: At least two months, which may be extended exceptionally for a period of up to six months, but no longer than one year. The internship programme is on a full-time basis. The interns are expected to work five days a week in a department/office which has selected them, under the supervision of an experienced staff member. Requests for part-time, shorter or longer periods will not be considered.
For more information: UNOV/UNODC Internship Programme http://www.unvienna.org/unov/en/job_internship.html
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva
UNRISD welcomes applications from graduate students from all parts of the world wishing to work at its Geneva headquarters for specific projects within the framework of its programme of activities. Through the internship, students acquaint themselves with UNRISD and the United Nations system, gaining practical experience in an international setting. Students are assigned substantive tasks, and work under the close supervision of an UNRISD research co-ordinator.
For more information: UNRISD Internships
United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), Turin
The United Nations System Staff College is an institution for system-wide knowledge management, training and learning for the staff of the United Nations system, aimed, in particular, towards the creation of a framework for a common culture for economic and social development, peace and security and internal management.
The objectives of the internship programme:
- To complement the educational experience of graduate students and recent graduates through practical work assignments;
- To expose them to the work of the UNSSC, and
- To provide the UNSSC with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.
Conditions of internship:
- Normal duration of an internship is 3-6 months.
- Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information.
- The UNSSC does not pay any indemnity or allocation and it is not in a position to bear the cost arising in relation to the intern’s travel, accommodation, or other expenses.
- The UNSSC accepts no responsibility for cost arising from accident and/or illness incurred during the internship.
- The UNSSC will offer maximum support in providing information on living conditions in Turin, and on any legal issues e.g. regarding visa or work permit.
To be considered for the UNSSC Internship Programme, you must meet one of the following conditions:
- Are enrolled in a Master’s or in a Ph.D. programme; or
- Are enrolled in the final year of a Bachelor’s programme; or
- Are within one year after graduation from a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. programme.
- Applicants must also be fully proficient in English; working knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.
For more information: UNSSC Internships http://www.unssc.org/about-unssc/employment-opportunities/internship-programme/
United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo
The Purpose of the United Nations University (UNU) Internship Programme is set forth as follows:
- To promote interaction and dialogue between young scholars and UNU.
- To provide support to activities within the UNU Centre.
- To familiarize interns with the research work and related activities of the UNU. The criteria for selection of interns are the following:
- Qualifications and expertise relevant to the UNU in any one or more of its activities (Environment and Sustainable Development, Peace and Governance, Rector’s Office/Capacity-building, UNU Press, Library). Degree required: Bachelor or equivalent in fields related to the function, such as international relations, political science, geography, environmental studies.
- A written consent by at least one United Nations University Officer who will act as supervisor.
- Candidates should request referee(s) to supply confidential letter(s) in support of their applications directly to the UNU.
- For non-Japanese nationals, appropriate visa is required.
For more information: UNU Internship Programme (http://unu.edu/administration/hr/internships)
United Nations University (UNU), New York
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) (various locations)
Every year, UNITAR’s Debt and Financial Management Training Programme (DFM) admits about 2 to 3 interns from around the world. These interns work with UNITAR full-time for four to six months on an unpaid basis in the areas related to our fields of interest. For example, interns assist in preparing Workshops, Training Programmes, Evaluation Reports, Publication Series, developing Training Methodologies, assisting in curriculum and online course development and updating Databases. Since the programme is growing, specific assignments are available for each intern, allowing him/her to get practical hands-on experience in our Institute. For those students interested in developmental issues, internship experience at UNITAR will indeed be valuable for future career openings in international organizations/development assistance agencies as well as a practical insight into areas relating to development economics, finance, negotiations and specific developmental issues in developing countries and economies in transition.
UNITAR seeks motivated individuals with:
- interest in working with developing countries and projects related therein;
- Bachelors or Masters degree in law, economics, finance, public policy, international relations, political science or information systems;
- fluency in spoken and written English or French;
- excellent editorial skills in either English or French;
- good knowledge of computer software specifically word processing (MS Word or Word Perfect) and database applications (MS-Access); and
- knowledge of spreadsheet software (MS-Excel, optional).
For more information: UNITAR DFM Internships
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva
Climate Change Training Programme
UNITAR Climate Change Training Programme
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), New York
Multilateral Diplomacy and International Affairs Intern
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is seeking a qualified and dedicated undergraduate or graduate student for an unpaid internship in its New York office. The incumbent will assist with the preparation, implementation and follow-up of training activities for the diplomatic community in New York. He/She would support two or three chapters of responsibility:
- 1. Training introductory and advanced level workshops on negotiation skills and techniques for delegates from permanent missions to the UN in New York.
- 2. General assistance with the implementation of international law seminars targeting the diplomatic community in New York on topics including: treaty law, international trade law, sustainable development and environmental law, migration etc.
In the context of these activities, candidates would assist with the following functions:
- Helping to develop the substantive programme for events
- Identifying and coordinating with experts
- Organizing, implementing and evaluating each event, including: logistical arrangements, administrative support and assistance to participants
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in international relations, law or economics, political science, sociology or another social science
- Willingness to learn and ability to work independently
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Fluency in English and preferably also French, good drafting skills, and attention to detail
- Prior knowledge of the UN system and the thematic areas outlined above would be an asset.
Terms of Position:
- This is an unpaid position
- Full-time or Part-time(minimum commitment 2.5 days)
- Flexible schedule to accommodate for classes and work
- Starting date: 15 January 2010 for 4-6 months
To apply please send your CV, a letter of application, and a writing sample before 27 November 2009 (preferably by e-mail) to:
Ms. Soukeyna Fall
UNITAR New York
One, United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 212 963 9196
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva
Application of International Environmental Law
Each year UNITAR’s Environmental Law Training Programme is able to welcome 2 to 3 volunteer interns. These interns are advanced students or young professionals who come to UNITAR’s headquarters in Geneva to work full-time for a three to six month period on an unpaid basis. They assist in preparing Workshops, Training Programmes, Evaluation Reports and Publication Series and in updating Databases. For students and young professionals interested in environment and development issues, internship experience at UNITAR has been seen to be valuable for future career development.
UNITAR seeks motivated individuals with:
- interest in working with developing countries and projects related therein;
- university degree in law, economics, international relations, or political science;
- English proficiency (oral, written and comprehension);
- working knowledge of French and/or Spanish an added advantage;
- good knowledge of various computer software also useful
For more information: UNITAR Environment Law Training Internships
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva
Diplomacy and International Affairs Management
UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Section is happy and committed to work with interns who are interested in our training programmes. However, UNITAR is a very small organization and the number of interns that we can accommodate is therefore limited. Because of the huge number of applications that we receive only a minority of candidates do get an internship eventually.
Potential interns should have completed at least three years of university education, or a Bachelor’s degree. In practice, most of our interns have a Master’s degree or are very close to graduation. Ideally, you should be a student of law, international relations, political science, development studies or related fields. You may also apply if you study history, sociology, political economy, regional (African/Asian/Oriental) studies or languages although your chances will be more limited. We cannot accommodate interns who study business administration, natural sciences or technical subjects. You must be fluent (that means able to draft reasonably complicated texts) in English with a conversational ability in French, or vice versa.
Computer skills are required: Ability to use the standard features of word processing programmes (MS Word or WordPerfect) is a must. You need not be familiar with other types of software, but it helps if you are able to use MS Excel or to design HTML documents/Internet web sites.
The minimum duration of an internship is four months. Internships are possible throughout the year. Please note that because of the backlog of applications there can be a considerable delay between your application and the start of your internship: Internships are almost never available at short notice. Six to 12 months of waiting time are not unusual. We will keep your application on file even longer if you wish.
For more information: UNITAR Multilateral Diplomacy Section Internships
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Nairobi
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi
Applicants for internships at the UN Offices at Nairobi must:
- Be currently enrolled in a third or fourth year of under-graduate (BA/BSc) or in a graduate (Masters) or post-graduate (PhD) programme. (NB: applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages should have completed at least three years of university studies)
- Submit an endorsement from the Nominating/Sponsoring Institution.
- Be willing to intern on a full-time basis spending five days a week usually for a period of not less than three months and not exceeding six months.
For more information: UN Offices at Nairobi Internship Programme (http://www.unon.org/content/internship-programme)
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva
Graduate and Professional Programme
UNIDIR offers a limited number of unpaid positions through its Graduate and Professional Programme. Applicants may be undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students, or they may have completed their studies.
The specific requirements for a given position will depend on the needs of the programme or project seeking a candidate. Such vacancies will be found under “Current announcement”. Only applications for active announcements will be considered.
For more information: http://www.unidir.org/about/vacancies
United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC), Geneva
The United Nations International Computing Centre (ICC) has a limited number of places for final year or recently graduated students specialising in information technology. Eligible students are sponsored or encouraged by their institutes, during the course of their studies, to take time out in the industry to pursue their studies and interest in computing.
Nationality: From Member States of UN or Specialised Agencies.
Language: A good knowledge of English or French, and a working knowledge of the other is essential.
Qualifications: Candidates must be in full-time attendance of a relevant computing programme at university or advanced technical level at an educational establishment.
Objective: Work carried out at ICC must be in compliance with the course followed.
Duration: Six months, starting any time during the year.
Expenses: Successful candidates will be paid a monthly fee of Sfr 2500.
Insurance: Interns must be covered by a comprehensive health insurance.
For more information: UN ICC Internship Scheme: https://www.unicc.org/Pages/WorkingWithUs/CurrentInternships.aspx
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), New York
The UNFPA Internship Programme offers a small group of outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNFPA operations. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of UNFPA work.
Applicants should have expressed interest in the field of development; ability to adapt to new environments and work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member at UNFPA. The background of the interns is matched with the needs of the organization.
Candidates for the internship programme are selected on a competitive basis. The profiles of the interns are matched with the needs of the organization. The following qualifications are required for consideration:
• Students should be enrolled in an advanced degree programme or have recently graduated;
• Students must have written and spoken proficiency in English; fluency in French, Spanish or Arabic is an asset.
For more information: UNFPA Internship Programme: http://www.unfpa.org/jobs/internship-programme-unfpa-headquarters-0
World Bank Group (WBG), Washington D.C.
This Internship typically seeks candidates in the following fields: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social science (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, and other related fields.
To be eligible for an Internship, candidates must have an undergraduate degree and be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a Master’s degree or PhD with plans to return to school full-time). Successful candidates have usually completed their first year of graduate studies or are into their PhD programs.
Fluency in English is required. Relevant work experience, computing skills, as well as knowledge of languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese are advantageous.
The Bank pays an hourly salary to all Interns and, where applicable, provides an allowance toward travel expenses. Interns are responsible for their own living accommodations. Most positions are in Washington, DC; others are in country offices. They are a minimum of four weeks long.
The World Bank Group Internship is offered during two seasons:
- Summer Internship (June–September): The application period is December 1–January 31 each year.
- Winter Internship (December–March): The application period is October 1-31 each year.
All applications must be submitted online. (Applications submitted after the deadline are not considered.)
For more information: World Bank Internship Programme
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)
The UN Women Internship Programme offers outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UN Women’s work in areas such as strategic partnership, communications, advocacy, policy, evaluation, human resources, programme planning, research and data, finance, and ICT.
Internship assignments vary greatly in terms of content. They may have a country-specific, regional, sectoral, or thematic focus. Most interns support the design, implementation and evaluation of UN Women projects and will learn about the work of gender and humanitarian action in an international environment.
For more information: UN WOMEN Internship Programme
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD)
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) welcomes graduate students and recent graduates specializing in a field related to the work of the United Nations and UNCCD. These internships are intended to promote a better understanding of international problems and give insight into the work of the United Nations, while providing departments with the able assistance of outstanding young students specializing in a field related to their own work.
The minimum internship duration is two months and maximum six months. Interns are not financially remunerated by the UNCCD secretariat. Costs and arrangement for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of intern or his/her sponsoring institution. Interns of the UNCCD secretariat are not considered to be staff members.
Application for internships is open, and qualified candidates are always encouraged to apply.
For more information: United Nations CCD Internship Programme
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The Internship Programme offers a small group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP’s work. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation.
Interns are assigned to either a UNDP country office or the organization’s Headquarters in New York. Assignments vary greatly in terms of content. They may have a country-specific, regional, sectoral, or thematic focus. However, interns are normally involved in some aspect of the design, implementation and evaluation of UNDP-supported programmes and projects. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization.
Internship assignments vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UNDP. Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year. Candidates for the Internship Programme are selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:
- Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme, OR currently enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme OR have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
- Demonstrated interest in the field of development
- Language skills: written and spoken proficiency in at least one, and preferably two of the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Portuguese, Russian or Eastern European language is an asset.
- An interest in global mobility; adaptability to varied physical and other environments; a desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.
- Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.
For more information: UNDP Internship Programme
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna
As a student, the UNIDO Internship Programme provides you with a great opportunity to receive job training with challenging assignments and put your theoretical knowledge to practice. The programme also allows you to gain insight on how attempts are made to solve problems confronting developing economies in the area of industrialization.
a) Internships at UNIDO’s Headquarters (Vienna, Austria):
- Business and Technology
- Communications and External Relations
- Energy and Environment
- Finance and Accounting
- Gender Mainstreaming
- Human Resources
- Information Technologies
- Project Management
- Research and Statistics
b) Internships in a UNIDO Field Office: if you are interested in doing an internship at one of our Field Offices, please visit this page.
For more information: UNIDO Internships
United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), New York
The United Nations Foundation (UNF) offers unpaid full and part-time internships. Our interns participate in a variety of activities and perform a number of tasks in support of the department for which they work. The number and nature of internships depends on the needs of the various departments.
The Objectives of the Internship Program
To expose students to the work of the UN and to encourage them to consider careers in the UN or UN related causes;
- To provide a framework by which individuals from diverse academic backgrounds can utilize their theoretical knowledge in practical work assignments; and
- To aid the UNF/BWF in achieving its mission.
Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) from a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
We encourage you to visit this page regularly as internship openings are posted regularly. The United Nations Foundation accepts internship applications for posted positions only. Applicants must submit a current resume and cover letter online. Only those applications submitted online will be considered.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECEPAC) - Population Activities Unit (PAC)
UN ECE PAC Internships
United Nations Headquarters
The objective of the internship programme is threefold:
- to provide a framework by which graduate and post-graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to United Nations offices where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
- to expose them to the work of the United Nations; and
- to provide UN offices with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields.
The United Nations Headquarters Secretariat Internship Programme is offered on a two-month basis three times a year: Mid-January to mid-March (Spring Session); Early June to early August (Summer Session); Mid-September to mid-November (Fall Session)
The programme is normally full-time, i.e., interns are expected to work five days a week (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) in the department or office of the Secretariat which has selected them, carrying out their tasks under the supervision of a staff member – the supervisor.
To qualify for the United Nations Headquarters Secretariat Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
- Applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s or in a Ph.D. programme, or in the final year of a Bachelor’s programme; or within one year after graduation from a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. programme
- Have an excellent command of English or French
- Not be a child or a sibling of a United Nations Secretariat staff member
United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Bangkok
The Internship Programme aims at providing opportunity for outstanding graduate and post graduate students to acquire practical professional experience through direct exposure to UNDCP’s work in the 30 countries of East Asia and the Pacific. The Programme is designed to complement international relations studies and enhance better understanding of UN multi-lateral cooperation.
The selected young professionals will be working in cooperation with the other staff members of the Regional Centre and under the overall direction and supervision of the Representative. They will learn the overall UNDCP policies and framework of drug control, development and implementation of UNDCP’s programmes in East Asia and the Pacific. The intern participants are also expected to contribute to the Regional Centre by assisting the office in compiling basic information, analysing key issues, collating information and documents received from UN/Headquarters/field offices and performing other duties to be assigned by the Representative.
The Internship Programme is comprising the following training activities:
- The interns will review all relevant information and documents related to UNDCP’s work in order to acquire basis understanding of the mandates, strategic policies, framework of programmes/activities of the organisation.
- The interns will assist the office in maintaining close contacts with concerned UN agencies and relevant drug control offices and institutions as well as UNDCP field offices in the region.
- The interns will participate in organising meetings, seminars and donor countries official visits to promote wider cooperation with potential donors and partner institutions.
- The interns will be involved in the office activities related to information collection and compilation of basic statistical background for the preparation of technical papers and speeches.
- The interns will be involved in selected field work and programme/project activities related to their priority areas of studies and internship.
Candidates for the Internship Programme will be selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:
- Enrolment in a graduate degree programme of a recognised institution in the fields related to political sciences, economics, international relations, public and business administration, anthropology, sociology, law studies or equivalent educational programmes. The candidates are eligible to apply before or after their completion of the studies.
- Strong interest in working with the UN system, particularly in the drug control and related fields.
- Excellent knowledge of English with fluency in speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
- Good knowledge of all essential computer software including word processing, presentation and Internet communication and searching.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and a strong team working capacity. The UNDCP Internship programme operates on a non-remunerative basis. The costs connected with an intern’s participation in the Programme must be borne by the nominating institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc.
Duration of the internship is ranging from 4 to 6 months and the intern participants are required to work full-time during the office hours. Time is allowed for outside research work and interviews. The intern participants will be working with UNDCP Regional Centre located in Bangkok, Thailand.
For more information: UNDCP Internships (http://www.unodc.org/eastasiaandpacific/en/who-we-are/full-time-internship.html or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva
There are three internship programmes at the WTO. (1) The WTO Internship Programme is open to post-graduate students from all WTO members and countries or customs territories engaged in accession negotiations; (2) The China LDC and Accessions Programme (also known as the China WTO Accession Internship Programme); and (3) the WTO Support Programme for Doctoral Studies. Both (2) and (3) are reserved for post-graduate students from developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs).
For more information: World Trade Organization Internships
World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), New York and Geneva
WFUNA welcomes interns from all over the world to work in both its Geneva and New York Offices. Internships generally range from about 2 to 4 months in length and cover a wide range of topics.
For more information: WFUNA Internships
World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva and worldwide
As the acknowledged leader in global public health issues, WHO is committed to building future leaders in public health. WHO’s Internship Programme provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the work of WHO. Every year a limited number of places for internships are available.
To take part in the programme, we look for the following minimum eligibility criteria:
- Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) both at the time of application and during the internship
- Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.
- Undergraduates (for instance, students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree) are not eligible to apply
- A minimum of 20 years of age
- Possess a first degree in a public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO.
- Fluent in the working language of the office of assignment
For more information:
WHO Internships http://www.who.int/employment/internship/interns/en/index.html
WHO Careers & Recruitment http://www.who.int/about/employment/en
World Tourism Organization (WTO), Madrid
WTO may at times consider accepting student trainees, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and the demands of the work programme of the Organization.
Traineeship is on a voluntary basis. Consequently the trainee will not be entitled to any remuneration or allowance and will be responsible for any expenses incurred as a result of the training. Also, acceptance of a trainee carries no expectancy of employment at the end of the training period.
Applicants should meet the following basic preliminary conditions before the request may be processed:
- the trainee should be a university graduate, preferably doing a post-graduate course,
- the trainee shall be in good health (a medical certificate may be required), physically and mentally able to carry out his studies abroad, and in possession of an all-risk insurance.
For more information: World Tourism Organization Internships http://www.unwto.org/employment/int/en/int.php?op=1