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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.


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The UIE offers internships in the departments of Publication/Information, Documentation and Administration as well as in research projects. Regular duration is two to three months.

For more information: UNESCO Institute for Education Internships (

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 (

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

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:

Legislative Branch:
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: (

Occasionally the United Nations CCD arranges ad-hoc internships for graduate students specialising in a field related to the work of the United Nations. These internships are intended:

  • to promote among the participants a better understanding of international problems and give an insight into the work of the United Nations and
  • to provide departments with the able assistance of outstanding young students specialising in a field related to their own work.

Participants are selected from among applicants strongly supported by their university/college or nominated by the Permanent Missions to the UN and in whom a department or office has expressed interest.

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his/her sponsoring institution.

For more information: United Nations CCD Internship Programme (

Applicants for the Internship Programme must be enrolled in a graduate level degree programme. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments will be eligible. The students must be masters students not undergraduates. The only exception for undergraduates is if they are enrolled in a masters' programme.

The UNDP/UNIFEM 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, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc. Timing for internships is flexible and can be at any time in the year. The internship can be for a maximum of a year or a minimum of 6 weeks.

There is no vacancy listing for the internship programme. Applications are reviewed by UNIFEM as the need arises. The intern will be contacted directly by the office, if shortlisted. If an intern expresses interest in a country office, he/she must indicate that they are aware that UNDP/UNIFEM does not offer any form of remuneration and that they have or are in the process of identifying a source of funding.


There is no deadline for application submission, however, applications should be received at least three months prior to the anticipated internship.

For more information: UNIFEM Internships

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

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
  • Researchers
  • 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

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.

For more information:
UNFCCC Internship Programme
UNFCCC Information Services Internship

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

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

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

The UNICRI ad hoc Internship Programme is in no way connected with recruitment for employment with UNICRI or the United Nations and candidates should have no expectation of such. Interns wishing to be considered for regular employment with the United Nations, even if otherwise fully qualified, cannot apply during their internship or within the six-month period immediately following the expiration of the internship. Please note also that entry-level professional posts are now filled through competitive examinations organized each year in a number of Member States.

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) accepts a limited number of unpaid interns on an ad hoc basis. The objective of the 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, to expose them to the work of the United Nations and to provide UNICRI with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields. UNICRI will not bear any cost for the internship and all expenses connected with it must be borne by the intern.

Eligibility: Graduate students or holders of first university degrees or their equivalent who intend to study further or to work in a field relevant to UNICRI's activities.

Fields of study: Social and political sciences, particularly criminology, international and national law, criminal, public, and comparative law.

Duration: At least two months but no longer than six months.

Languages: Fluency in at least one of the working languages of the UNICRI, i.e. English and French. Knowledge of other official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) an asset.

Endorsement: Endorsements of applications by educational institutions must be clearly indicated with seal or stamp in Part II of the application form.

Medical insurance: Interns are required to have health insurance coverage valid in Italy during their internship. UNICRI decline any responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during internships.

For more information: UNICRI ad hoc Internship Programme


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

The Summer Internship Programme offers a small group of outstanding graduate 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 technical assistance.

Interns gain an understanding of multilateral assistance in population activities and how UNFPA operates by working under the supervision of a senior staff member at UNFPA Headquarters in New York. The backgrounds of the interns are matched with the needs of the Organization.

Candidates for the summer internship programme are selected on a competitive basis. The following qualifications are required for consideration:

  • first year Master's level degree in a social science field, with concentration in population studies
  • expressed interest in the field of development
  • written and spoken proficiency in English; fluency in French, Spanish or Arabic would be an asset
  • ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.

The UNFPA Summer Internship Programme is on a non-remunerative basis. The costs connected with an intern's participation in the Progrmame must be borne either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the student, who will have to obtain financing, as well as make his or her own arrangements for accommodation, travel, medical insurance, etc

For more information: UNFPA Summer Internship Programme

UNRISD has a Graduate Student Programme (GSP) in lieu of an internship programme. The Institute 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. Students participating in the Graduate Student Programme 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.

Participants in the UNRISD Graduate Student Programme are expected to:

  • Undertake research in areas of UNRISD concern and assist in preparing background papers and reports.
  • Monitor developments worldwide that relate to UNRISD's programme of activities.
  • Assist in the preparation of conferences, seminars, workshops, missions and other project activities organized by UNRISD research co-ordinators.

Participants work full time. Their work programme takes into account their specific interests and UNRISD project requirements and priorities. Participation in the Graduate Student Programme is normally for a minimum period of three months.

UNRISD only considers candidates who:

  • have reached an advanced stage in their studies (i.e., candidates must hold a postgraduate university degree or currently be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme);
  • have already worked for an intergovernmental or non-governmental organization in the development field;
  • have a sensitivity to various social, cultural and political traditions as well as research interest in social development and social justice, poverty eradication, democratization, human rights, gender equity and environmental sustainability;
  • have an excellent working knowledge of English, French or Spanish.

For more information: UNRISD Graduate Student Programme

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 provide a framework by which graduate or post-graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be attached to the UNSSC, where their theoretical knowledge can be utilized through practical work assignments.
  • To expose interns to the work of the UNSSC.
  • To provide the offices of the UNSSC with the assistance of outstanding interns specialised in various professional fields relevant to their needs.

Conditions of internship:

  • Normal duration of an internship is 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.

Who we are looking for:

  • Highly motivated graduate or post-graduate students with fluency in at least one of the UN working language, English and French.
  • Other language skills required will be stated under each of the specific internships programs.

For more information: UNSSC Internships .

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 (

United Nations University (UNU), New York

The Internship Program is open to students who are nationals of the Bank's member countries and attracts a large number of highly qualified candidates. The goal of this Internship Program is to offer successful candidates an opportunity to improve their skills as well as the experience of working in an international environment. Interns generally find the experience to be rewarding and interesting.

To be eligible for the Internship Program, candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a master's degree or Ph.D. with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity. Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their Ph.D. programs.

This Program typically seeks candidates in the following fields: economics, finance, human resource development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social science (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, as well as other related fields. Fluency in English is required. Prior 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 towards travel expenses. Interns are responsible for their own living accommodations. Most positions are located in Washington, DC, and are a minimum of four weeks in duration.

For more information: World Bank Internship Programme

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 .

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
WHO Careers & Recruitment

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

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

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
One, United Nations Plaza
Suite DC1-603
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


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:

There are two major fields for internship at the ILO:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

ILO Internship Scheme


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.

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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.

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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.

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  International Court of Justice (ICJ)

For more information: Internships

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

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.

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ICTY Intership Programme


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

The IMF offers internships to about 35-40 graduate students each summer to carry out a research project under the supervision of an experienced economist. Interns prepare a paper outlining the results of their research (which they may be asked to present to the staff of their department at the end of the assignment). Papers of high standard may be published internally.

Competition is very fierce and each year over 1,000 summer intern candidates worldwide submit applications. Although usually well over one hundred meet their standards, the IMF only has places for 35-40 and are unfortunately obliged to turn away many excellent applicants.

The projects assigned to summer interns differ from year to year depending on the work program of the intern's division. They cover a broad spectrum of economic topics. A sample from the 2000 program includes:

  • Bank Restructuring in Africa
  • Explaining Exchange Rate Volatility in Indonesia
  • Long-Run Fiscal Policy in Hong Kong SAR
  • The Baltic's EU/EMU Accession for Exchange Policy During the transition Period
  • The Measurement of International Capital Flows: A Survey of the Issues and Implications for Macroeconomic Policy
  • Imperfect Competition, Asymmetric Information, and Regulation in Financial Markets

The internships last 10 - 13 weeks and are undertaken some time between May and September, during a period convenient both to the interns and the department to which they have been assigned. The IMF provides the interns:

  • economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. from their university.
  • a salary of approximately US$3,600 per month
  • limited medical insurance (if requested)

The internships are intended primarily for potential Economist Program candidates and therefore the IMF is looking for the same general background. Intern candidates:

  • should be within one or two years of completing their Ph.D. in macroeconomics or a related field
  • must be in student status, i.e., must be returning to university after the internship
  • should be below the age of 33 at the time that they would join the Economist Program
  • must have a good command of English
  • must possess strong quantitative and computer skills

For more information: IMF Summer Intern Programme

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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

 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.

UNA-USA awards a variety of part-time and full-time internships to highly motivated high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Interns must possess a strong interest in international affairs, good writing and research skills, and formidable knowledge of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions.

While the internships are not salaried positions, interns have found the experience of working at UNA-USA and exploring the U.N.'s resources rewarding in other ways, both educationally and vocationally. In many cases, academic credit can be arranged for students requiring documentation. Since the internship takes place in New York, interns are often able to attend various United Nations meetings, briefings, and special UNA-USA events as well. UNA-USA cannot provide housing for interns but may be able to aid them in their search.

Applicants are asked to indicate the department in which they prefer to work. However, if necessary, UNA-USA will suggest another department based on the organization's present needs and the applicant's interests and expressed abilities. Most of UNA-USA's work is performed in English. The ability to write and speak another language is not required unless specifically mentioned in the program description. Interns selected for the summer internship period organize and direct a weekly "brown-bag" luncheon program, inviting members of the United Nations, Permanent Missions to the U.N., and UNA-USA senior staff to address subjects determined by the interns.

Adopt-A-Minefield (High School Seniors, College and Graduate Students)

The Adopt-A-Minefield® Campaign engages individuals, community groups, and businesses in the United Nations effort to remove landmines around the world. Designed to move beyond the political and policy debates typically associated with banning the use of landmines, the Campaign provides a practical solution to the tens of millions of mines that contaminate the world.

Interns do extensive research and writing on issues related to landmines and organizations active in this field. Intern also assist with Web development and maintenance and help organize special Web-based events, such as monitored chats and discussions. In addition, interns support Adopt-A-Minefield™ staff with outreach to grassroots organizations and schools and related activities. Qualifications: Excellent command of the English language, oral and written; attention to detail; skill at research; interest in and knowledge of international issues; open-mindedness; ability to take the initiative to work as part of a team.

American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (College and Graduate Students)

UNA-USA's National Convention resolutions in 1999 and 2001 made the International Criminal Court (ICC) a core priority. The 1999 resolution also called on UNA-USA to promote the ICC in the United States in collaboration with other non-governmental organizations. In response, UNA-USA created the American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC), which was launched in June 2001 and currently has 25 institutional members.

AMICC takes advantage of the ICC's appeal to a range of organizations to bring them together in a coalition that reaches diverse groups of Americans. The Coalition aims to tap the emotional power evoked by the Court and the crimes it will try, in order to transform the broad shallow support of Americans for the Court into the intensity and committed persistent action to move our political system.

Intern duties include researching ICC issues in the U.S., writing reports, briefs and letters to members, and some administrative tasks. During the length of their stay, interns will have access to the United Nations resource center and library. The experience would be especially valuable for someone with an interest in international human rights and/or international law.

Business Council for the United Nations (College and Graduate Students)

The Business Council for the United Nations (BCUN) works to gain support for the United Nations among business leaders. BCUN builds links between the U.N. and the private sector. For example, the BCUN works with:

  • Wall Street on a variety of programs to bring the financial community together with the U.N. on investment, entrepreneurship and financing for development.
  • IT companies on bridging the global digital divide.
  • Pharmaceutical companies and multinational copanies with a global workforce on HIV/AIDS and other global infectious diseases.

Through these programs and others, BCUN hope to link the private sector and the U.N. in a common cause, and serve as a catalyst for a more effective and efficient United Nations.

Communications (College and Graduate Students)

The InterDependent is a 24-32 page quarterly magazine that offers analysis of such U.N.-related issues as arms control, development, international trade, human rights, environmental protection, energy, and population. Typical intern responsibilities include: verifying the accuracy of articles accepted for publication; reading periodicals and U.N. documents to identify new trends and developments; researching special column items and articles, often undertaking the writing as well; and assisting the editors with proofreading.

A Global Agenda: Issues Before the General Assembly of the United Nations, an annual volume that offers a broad overview of global political issues and the complex U.N. agenda, has long been an essential reference for diplomats, scholars, and journalists. Because A Global Agenda is intended to provide the most up-to-date information available at the start of a new General Assembly in mid-September, much of the research and writing are carried out under considerable time pressure. Most chapters are written by journalists and scholars--although a few are the work of interns (see Spring semester).

Fall/Spring Semester Interns serve as research assistants to two or more authors, assuming responsibility for the specific topics. Each interns writes a small section of the volume, choosing from among the social issues covered each year. Typical intern duties include: gathering and maintaining files of relevant materials; monitoring new developments; obtaining appropriate U.N. documents; and conferring with U.N. staff and officials and members of the diplomatic community as required.

Summer Interns spend the weeks before the volume goes to press in important follow-up activities, working with authors, editors and U.N. personnel to assure the timeliness of the material, and assisting the editors in proofreading and fact checking.

Council of Organizations (College and Graduate Students)

The Council of Organizations consists of over 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that share the common goals of making the American public more knowledgeable about global issues and the United Nations. The Council of Organizations sponsors programs in New York and Washington that address the most current topics on the U.N. agenda. The Council of Organizations also manages e-mail lists to provide the latest news and events to the NGO community. Additionally, the Council of Organizations facilitates joint community work between UNA chapters and the local units of NGO members. Intern responsibilities include program support, e-mail list support, correspondence, light research, and participation in NGO briefings and events.

Development Department (College Students)

The Development Department is the main fundraising department of UNA-USA. The Department helps the organization secure funds for specific programs and general operating expenses and sponsors. The Chairman's Council--a luncheon/lecture series that brings together business executives, government and U.N. officials, and senior diplomats for "off-the-record" conversations--is one of the Department's main activities.

The Development Department intern will assist in identifying potential speakers and guests for the Chairman's Council luncheons and researching and writing up profiles of individuals, foundations, and other sources of funding for the Association's programs. The position does involve some clerical work such as filing and typing. Interested candidates should have an excellent command of the English language, oral and written and the ability to think strategically and creatively. An interest in or knowledge of the relationship between the diplomatic and business community is helpful but not required.

Education and Model U.N. Department (High School Seniors, College and Graduate Students)

The UNA-USA's Education & Model U.N. Department is the overall resource for Model U.N. activity worldwide. Within schools and universities, and at Model U.N. conferences worldwide, UNA-USA delivers programs, curricula, and expertise that assist participants in making Model U.N. a more efficient and productive learning experience. The UNA-USA administers a variety of programs to serve the Model U.N. community including Global Classrooms, UNA-Student Alliance, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU) Initiative. Annually, the Department sponsors the Model U.N. Summit and Leadership Conference and the UNA-USA High School Model U.N. Conference. In addition, the Department coordinates the annual National High School Essay Contest on the United Nations and Understanding Nations. Education department publications include A Guide to Delegate Preparation, the upcoming How to Organize a Model U.N. Conference, and the online Calendar of Model U.N. Conferences.

Intern responsibilities include: researching and writing for departmental publications; assisting with Desktop publishing; aiding in the coordination of annual conferences and special events; participating in the development and evaluation of student programs; assisting in the roll-out and expansion of Global Classrooms in New York City.

Executive Office ( College and Graduate Students)

The responsibilities of the Executive Office intern include: providing research and analysis on issues of global significance (which can be geared towards the intern's academic pursuits/interests); preparing materials for meetings and conferences; and assisting with general administrative duties. Qualifications for the position are an educational concentration in international relations, political science, or a related social science field; an interest in the United Nations system; excellent research and writing skills; ability to work independently; flexibility to handle diverse tasks; and related administrative experience.

Media Relations and Public Affairs (High School Seniors, College, and Graduate Students) The primary task of this office is to promote the Association and its work to the media and diplomatic community. Typical intern duties include assisting the Manager of Media Relations: keeping UNA staff and leadership informed of events at the United Nations; some Internet research on U.N. issues, distributing documents and press releases, and responding to outside inquiries for information. There are some opportunities for writing both for internal and external publication. Additionally, Media Relations interns are charged with creating a daily "clippings hand-out" consisting of relevant articles from several major periodicals, and distributing this packet to staff members each business morning.

National Membership (High School Seniors, College, and Graduate Students)

National Membership is responsible for the Association's nationwide network of 178 chapters and divisions, the 145-member Council of Organizations, school programs and membership development. Interns assist with training and support to UNA-USA's network of community-based chapters and statewide divisions, especially in the areas of board development, goal-setting, fundraising, and membership recruitment and diversification.

Policy Studies Department (College Seniors and Graduate Students)

Policy Studies interns should have demonstrable familiarity with United Nations issues (through academic study or experience in political science and international relations), possess excellent research and writing skills, and manifest an interest in multilateral policymaking in the U. N. system. Programs cover a wide range of topics. Some specific examples in 2000 include:

  • Workers Rights in a Global Economy
  • U.N. Finance and Reform
  • International Arms Control and Disarmament
  • International Criminal Court
  • International Peacekeeping Enforcement



Intern responsibilities range from independent research in documents and interviews, and writing to the organization of forums in the U.N. or Washington policy communities, sometimes including public outreach efforts in cooperation with UNA-USA constituencies.


For more information: UNA-USA Internships

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:

  • Enrolment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development related field such as economics, international relations, anthropology, sociology, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development
  • Language skills: written and spoken proficiency in at least 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 (

The objective of the internship programme is threefold:

  1. 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;
  2. to expose them to the work of the United Nations; and
  3. 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 degree program in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship; or
  • 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.

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The UNIDO ad hoc internship programme has been established for participants who have completed an advanced university degree or who are enrolled in the last year of such a programme. Its purpose is to promote, among the participants, a better understanding of our Organization's goals and objectives and, at the same time, to afford them with an insight on how attempts are made to solve problems confronting developing economies in the area of industrialization. Within the framework of this programme, we accept a limited number of unpaid interns who wish to obtain practical experience in the work of UNIDO, or to conduct research on items of direct relevance to UNIDO's programme of work.

The UNIDO service modules show the areas of activities on the basis of which an applicant can chose his preferred work assignments. Examples of academic qualifications could be:

  • economics
  • international law, with an interest in investment and technology
  • economics and/or statistics, preferably with orientation on industrial issues
  • international relations
  • public and business administration
  • social sciences, preferably with a focus on political science/international relations
  • chemistry, biotechnology
  • engineering, preferably in energy/environment, food processing or related fields
  • information science, data processing and data base management

All interns are required to be computer literate.

For more information: UNIDO Internships

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 ( or email:

The WTO secretariat maintains a limited internship programme for post-graduate university students wishing to gain practical experience and deeper knowledge of the multilateral trading system. Only a limited number of such internship posts is available.

Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance interns' knowledge and understanding of the WTO and of trade policy more generally. However, the needs of the Division recruiting an intern will be paramount in determining the precise nature of assignments.

Interested candidates should follow the procedures and conform to the eligibility criteria set out below. Intake to the programme is on a continuing basis, with no specific recruitment period.


  • Interns are recruited from among nationals of WTO Members and countries and customs territories engaged in accession negotiations.
  • Interns will have completed their undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, law, political science, international relations), and shall have embarked upon postgraduate studies. In certain cases, post-graduates about to enter the job market may be considered for internship
  • The minimum age for an intern shall be 21 years and the maximum age 30 years.

A roster of suitable candidates is maintained from which interns are selected. In addition to the regular internship programme, the need may also arise to recruit interns at short notice for particular tasks. These recruits will also be drawn from the roster. Names will not be maintained on the roster for longer than one year.

Paid interns receive a stipend of CHF 1500 per month. No other remuneration of any kind shall be paid. Travel expenses to and from Geneva cannot be paid by the WTO, and such travel is not covered by the Organization's insurance. Interns are also responsible for their own insurance cover for illness and accidents while they are working at the WTO. The WTO may also employ unpaid interns funded from external sources.

Internships are generally of a duration of up to 12 weeks. The granting of an internship does not entail in any way the right to an extension thereof nor to a vacancy in another part of the Secretariat. Interns may nevertheless apply to external vacancies. Internships can start at any time during the year.

For more information: World Trade Organization Internships (