The United Nations Internship Programme is the easiest way for young professionals to start a career in the UN System. The purpose of the UN internship is to expose young people to the work of the United Nations and other UN System organisations, deepening their knowledge and understanding of the organisation’s goals, principles and activities, and to provide them an opportunity to gain real experience within the organisation and develop their professional competencies in the relevant area
Internships are available in the UN Headquarters, regional and local UN offices around the world. Interns are normally recruited internationally, therefore your choice of location is not restricted by your work permit or nationality.
To become a UN intern one has to meet the following requirements:
- Student/recent graduate: You should 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.
- Languages: You should be fluent in English or French
- Family: You should be neither a child or a sibling of a staff member of the UN entity you apply to.
Specific internship announcements may also include additional requirements which vary from one department to another. Make sure you read the internship description carefully.
UN Internship has a number of advantages in comparison to other UN career options:
- The easiest way to enter the United Nations
- Real (and relevant) professional experience
- Competencies development
- Coaching from top tier professionals
- Networking opportunities
But: Internships in the UN system are mostly unpaid (exceptions apply)
How to Apply
To apply for the UN internship, you should register in the Inspira System and prepare the application form called the Personal History Profile (PHP) for the specific internship job opening. Available UN internship vacancies are listed in the Inspira system or on the UN official website. The PHP form includes a profile section (My Profile), an application form and a cover letter to be compiled and submitted online.
The selection process varies from one application to another, but normally it consists of two stages which are an application screening and an interview. You can check the status of your application in your Inspira account. Please keep in mind that only successful candidates will be notified about further steps in the recruitment process.
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