Secretariado da ONU / UN Secretariat
Can you be a United Nations intern?
- Are you 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?
- Do you have excellent command of English or French?
- Are you neither a child or a sibling of a United Nations Secretariat staff member?
To find internship opportunities, go to Job Openings.
Click on the links below for more information on internship programmes at major locations of the United Nations:
- New York, UNITED STATES
- Geneva, SWITZERLAND
- Vienna, AUSTRIA
- Nairobi, KENYA
- Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
- Bangkok, THAILAND
- Beirut, LEBANON
- Santiago, CHILE
- Duration: The internship programme lasts for at least two months and can be as long as six months. Once selected, you must begin your internship either prior to or within one year of graduation.
- Cost: These internships are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.
Fonte/Source: UN Careers: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=ip
ACNUR – Agência da ONU para Refugiados / UNCHR – UN Refugee Agency
UNHCR’s Internship Programme offers eligible students and recent graduates, like you, the opportunity to gain experience in the humanitarian sector in an international environment, in line with your academic programme or future work in a field related to UNHCR’s mission. Internships are offered at various locations depending on the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns and provide them with meaningful assignments.
Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Recent graduate* or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
- Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.
Please note that candidates who have immediate relatives (father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister) working as staff members of UNHCR are not eligible.
*Recent graduates are to be considered those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying for an internship with UNHCR.
The primary aim of the Internship Pool is to allow you to submit a generic application for an internship. As and when the need arises, managers can consult this database to search for candidates with specific academic profiles. If your application interests one of our departments, the relevant manager will contact you directly.
These opportunities could be in field or HQ locations. The pool is receiving applications throughout the year.
Food and Local Transportation Allowance
Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to support costs related to cost of food, local transportation and living expenses.
All internship opportunities based in Geneva are posted on www.unhcr.org/internships.html
Regional and country offices post internship opportunities primarily on their dedicated websites. We encourage interested applicants to frequently visit these sites for available opportunities.
PMA – Programa Mundial de Alimentos / WFP – World Food Program
Am I eligible for an internship?
- Currently enrolled in a recognized university or graduated in the last six months
- Completed at least 2 years of undergraduate studies
- Motivated, team player and open to new challenges
- Working knowledge of English (other UN languages are a plus)
- Interested in learning and taking a first step in the humanitarian sector
Once you are chosen for an internship with WFP, please be prepared to provide your recent university record, ie: proof of enrolment or degree, as well as course transcripts.
WFP’s internships normally last between two and eight months. WFP contributes to your internship with a stipend that is connected to the specific duty station. The maximum amount is US$1000 per month.
WFP can support you with the required documents for a visa application.
UNICEF – Fundo das Nações Unidas para a Infância / UN Children’s Fund
The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work. UNICEF is active in various functional areas related to its mandate, which can be categorized in three main pillars: Programme and Policy, External Relations and Operations. Read more about these areas here.
Internships are offered depending on the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns. Currently available internship opportunities are advertised on the UNICEF employment page.
Our Internship Programme has been revised to broaden the eligibility criteria and introduce the paid modality. You can find out more about what changed here.
To be considered for an internship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years.
– Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
- Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages: English, French or Spanish. Fluency in the working language of the office you are applying to is required.
- Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
- Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office; and
- Have no other relatives in the line of authority which that you will report to.
Individuals must demonstrate excellent academic performance through recent university or institution records.
Additional consideration will be given to any past professional experience.
How to Apply
Visit our employment page for a list of available internship opportunities.
All applications must be submitted through the online e-recruitment system. To apply for an internship, open the internship advertisement page and click on the “Apply” button found at the bottom.
Returning applicants who already have a profile may log into the e-recruitment system here.
For more details on the Internship Programme, please see our Internship FAQ page.
ONU MULHERES / 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.
- You must be enrolled in a master’s, post-master’s or doctorate programme, or be in the final year of a first university degree programme (bachelor’s level or equivalent).
- If you have recently graduated from university, you must be able to commence the internship within one year of graduation.
- To apply for an internship, click on the vacancy announcement below and follow specific instructions on how to apply.
- Please complete the online application and submit it along with a UN Women Personal History Form (P11) or your resume and cover letter.
UNFPA – Fundo de População das Nações Unidas / UN Population Fund
The UNFPA Internship Program 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.
Qualifying for an Internship:
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.
Vagas podem ser encontradas em: https://www.unenvironment.org/work-with-us
Opportunities can be found at: https://www.unenvironment.org/work-with-us
PNUD – Programa das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento / UNDP – UN Development Program
Are you dedicated to world development and want to gain practical experience to complement your studies?
Internships at UNDP are a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to acquire direct exposure to UNDP’s work.
Opportunities are available in a variety of areas and every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization. Visit our current vacancies and discover your development internship!
Qualifications & Requirements
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNDP internships must at the time of application meet one of the following academic requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.
Typically, the language requirements are: Applicants should have 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.
All internships are advertised on UNDP’s jobsite at http://jobs.undp.org/.
UNOPS – Escritório das Nações Unidas de Serviços para Projetos / UN Office for Project Services
We offer exciting internship opportunities in many countries around the world. To qualify you need to be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university degree programme, or have completed the degree within the past 3 years.
To apply for an internship, please create a UNOPS Jobs Account. This involves submitting details such as personal information, education, experience, languages, skills and other information.
Learn more about how to apply.
ILO – Organização Internacional do Trabalho / International Labor Organization
If you are thinking of entering the world of the UN within a specialized agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will offer you its unique tripartite structure and projects around the decent work agenda, where working with governments, employers and workers is the exciting challenge of every days work.
Every year a limited number of places for internships are available. To check if you are eligible to join the programme, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- What particularly interests you about the ILO?
- Are you currently enrolled in the last year of a graduate degree (Master or equivalent) or in a higher degree programme relevant to the ILO’s work or have you completed such a programme in the year preceding the application?
- Do you have a working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of the ILO’s official languages (English, French or Spanish)?
Furthermore, you should be able to adapt and be interested in an international, multicultural, multilingual environment and have excellent communication skills. As an intern you need to be able to work independently as well as part of a team and show initiative and be flexible. Any past work experience and knowledge of IT-related work would be an advantage. Please also note, that close relatives of a serving ILO official are not eligible. The same applies to candidates who have already been working at the ILO or who have already participated in the Internship programme previously.
Is the internship paid?
In case an intern is not supported by an institution (university, government or other institution), a stipend to cover basic subsistence costs will be paid by the ILO
How do I apply?
You are advised to consult the ILO’s website to familiarize yourself with the work of the various sectors and departments and identify the areas that interest you most.
You can submit your application together with a covering letter to our roster (https://erecruit.ilo.org/public/). Profiles for internship positions are posted in January and June of each year
Your application through the roster increases the visibility of your profile by the different departments.
Please note that only three applications per recruitment advertisement period are accepted.
How can apply to regional offices?
There are few positions available. Please directly contact the relevant regional office :
Africa: Mr. Nicolas Lopez-Armand: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latin America and the Caribbean: email@example.com
Asia and the Pacific : Regional HR Unit : firstname.lastname@example.org
Arab States: Mr. Anser Qureshi: email@example.com
Europe: applications to be sent via the roster
ILO-Washington : Jobs and Internships at Washington ILO
New York: firstname.lastname@example.org