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United Nationals Bodies and Autonomous Agencies

If you are keen in undertaking an internship with the United Nations, below is a listing of all the bodies and autonomous agencies which provide internship opportunities

 

 

United Nations Headquarters in New York

The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate program to undertake an internship at its headquarters in New York. Preference is given to candidates from developing, underrepresented or unrepresented countries in the UN. There are three internship sessions throughout the year: spring (mid-January to mid-March); summer (early June to early August); and fall (mid-September to mid-November). Internships are on a volunteer basis.

 

Internship Coordinator
United Nations Headquarters
Room S-2500F
New York, NY 10017
U.S.A.

Fax: (212) 963-9514
Email: OHRM_interns@un.org
Website: www.un.org

 

 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is the UN's global development network and operates from 166 countries. UNDP offers a limited number of internships to graduate-level students. The internships are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, and to complement other international studies, including law.

 

Internships can take place in a UNDP country office/regional center or at the organization's headquarters in New York. The internships are on a volunteer basis and the assignments can 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.

 

Selection for the internships is fully decentralized within UNDP. Applicants interested in an internship should forward their application directly to the relevant country office or unit or Download the UNDP application form for internships from their website.

 

Headquarters
United Nations Development Programme
One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
U.S.A.

Website: http://www.undp.org/internships/

 

 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its member states in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. UNESCO provides internships to students pursuing a graduate degree program or technical/professional studies. The internships are offered at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris and at field offices. Internships have a duration of one to four months and are on a volunteer basis.

 

UNESCO
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
France

Phone: 33 (0)1 45 68 10 00
Fax: 33 (0)1 45 67 16 90
Website: www.unesco.org

 

 

 United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is a United Nations organization that works all over the world to save, protect and enhance the lives of children. Its internship program offers university students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced staff at UNICEF's headquarters in New York or at country offices. The internships are on a volunteer basis and last for 6 to 16 weeks.

 

Email: internships@unicef.org

Website: www.unicef.org

 

 

 

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP offers internships in Nairobi, Kenya for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships have a duration of three to six months and are on a volunteer basis.

 

United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
PO Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: (254-20) 7621234
Fax: (254-20) 7624489/90
Website: www.unep.org

 

 

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

UNIFEM provides financial and technical assistance to programs and strategies that improve the living standards of women in developing countries and address their concerns. UNIFEM offers internships to graduate-level students. The internship program is designed to complement women's development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

 

UNIFEM Headquarters
304 East 45th Street
15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
U.S.A.

Phone: (212) 906-6400
Fax: (212) 906-6705

 

Website: www.unifem.org

 

 

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The UNHCR leads and co-ordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

 

UNHCR has its head offices in Budapest and Geneva. Internships are offered depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of units/offices to receive and supervise interns. There is no deadline for sending in an application form.

 

The kind of work interns are offered depends on UNHCR requirements as well as the qualifications and interests of the applicant. Most interns work on a project, which will benefit both them and UNHCR, in fields such as refugee protection (legal), international relations, administration and public affairs.

 

Applications must be submitted through the online applications link. Since not all offices have access to the central database, it is recommended that, in addition to the online application, requests for internships be also submitted by separate mail with a covering letter to the field/branch office concerned.

 

Website: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c49d.html

 

 

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

 OHCHR is a department of the United Nations Secretariat, with the mandate to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in international human rights laws and treaties. OHCHR provides internships to graduate students for a period of three to six months. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

 

The maximum number of interns accepted by OHCHR at any given time is 50. There are two selections a year: the first deadline is Mid May to apply for the period starting from July. The second deadline is Mid October for the period starting from January. 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.

 

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

 

Phone: 41 22 917 9000
Email: internship@ohchr.org


Website: www.ohchr.org

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/InternshipProgramme.aspx

 

 

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

UNESCAP is the regional arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. UNESCAP is the most comprehensive of the United Nations five regional commissions and is also the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region.

UNESCAP provides opportunities for students who are enrolled in graduate programs to undertake an internship with one of its diverse range of divisions and agencies, most of are located at its Bangkok headquarters.

 

Human Resources Management Section (HRMS), UNESCAP
United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand

 

Email: escap-hrms@un.org
Website: http://www.unescap.org/jobs/internships/faq.asp

 

 

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

UNECE is a regional commission of the United Nations with the aim of promoting pan-European economic integration. UNECE accepts interns from time to time on a volunteer basis. The internships are open to graduate or post-graduate students.

 

Internship Coordinator
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Palais des Nations, Office 362
CH-1211 Geneva 10

Email: interns@unece.org
Website: www.unece.org

 

 

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

UNFCCC sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. UNFCCC's internship program allows graduate students to gain insight into the work of the United Nations and provides assistance and training in various professional fields. The normal duration of an internship is two months, which can be extended for an additional two months. Internships are on a volunteer basis.

 

Ms. Catherina Denoo
Intern Focal Point
UNFCCC
P.O. Box 260124, D-53153
Bonn, Germany

Email address: cdenoo@unfccc.int
Website: http://unfccc.int

 

 

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

UN-HABITAT is the United Nations agency for human settlements, mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT offers internships in Nairobi, Kenya for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships have a duration of three to six months and are on a volunteer basis.

 

UN-HABITAT Headquarters
P.O. Box 30030, GPO
Nairobi, 00100, Kenya

Phone: (254-20) 7621234 (Operator) / 7 623120 (Information Services)
Fax: (254-20) 7624266
Website: www.unhabitat.org

 

 

United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)

UNON provides the offices of the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and other key agencies with vital administrative and technical support services. UNON offers internships in Nairobi for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships have a duration of three to six months and are on a volunteer basis.

 

United Nations Office at Nairobi
P.O. Box 67578
Nairobi-00200
Kenya

Phone: (254-20) 624336
Fax: (254-20) 623789


Email: internship@unon.org
Website: www.unon.org

 

 

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

 

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was established in 1966 and has come to be the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. UNCITRAL’s mandate is to further the progressive harmonization and unification of the law of international trade. The Commission is composed of sixty member States elected by the General Assembly. Membership is structured so as to be representative of the world's various geographic regions and its principal economic and legal systems. Members of the Commission are elected for terms of six years, the terms of half the members expiring every three years.

 

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 programme for a selected number of applicants who hold a first university degree (or equivalent) and are enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (working towards a second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship. 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.

 

The internship programme is for an initial two month period and is unpaid.

 

UNCITRAL Secretariat

Vienna International Centre

P.O. Box 500

A-1400 Vienna,

Austria

 

Fax: 43-(1) 26060-5813

Website: www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/vacanciesinternships.html

 

 

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UNGLS)

The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) promotes dynamic partnerships between the United Nations and non-governmental organisations. By providing information, advice, expertise and consulting and support service, NGLS is part of the United Nations effort to strengthen dialogue and win support for economic and social development.

 

Internships are through the UN Headquarters internship programme. http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/examin/internsh/intern.htm

 

Alternatively, contact:

UN Office of Human Resource Management

Room S-2590, United Nations, New York

NY 10017

USA

 

 

The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

UNOV manages and implements the United Nations programme on the peaceful uses of outer space and provides common services, such as conference services, information services, security and safety services, procurement services and general support services, for the organizations located at the Vienna International Centre.

 

UNOV is closely associated with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). A shared Division for Management, in addition to the common services listed above, supports both organizations with financial resources management services, human resources management services and information technology and communications services.

 

The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) accept unpaid interns on an ad hoc basis.

 

The application is Web-based and can be found on the Internet at: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/about-unodc/employment.html.

 

Applications must be accompanied by documentary evidence (i.e. a letter of confirmation from a university) of continuing matriculation, university transcripts, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a short essay in English or French (about 150-250 words) outlining the applicant's motivation for doing an internship. Completed applications and accompanying documentation should be submitted, using the above Web address, no earlier than eight months and no later than four months before the intended start of the internship.

 

The normal duration of an internship is two months, which may be extended for an additional two months. The total duration may, exceptionally, be extended to a maximum period of six months. The programme is normally on a full-time basis. Interns are expected to work five full days a week in the Division that has selected them, under the supervision of an experienced staff member. Requests for shorter or longer periods will not be considered.

Website: http://www.unvienna.org/unov/en/job_internship.html

 

 

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFAD is a United Nations agency with the goal to empower poor rural people in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. IFAD offers internships to young university students and graduates. Interns are fully involved in the work program of their division under the supervision of a staff member and may have a chance to visit IFAD-funded projects. Internships have a duration of up to six months.

 

International Fund for Agricultural Development
Via del Serafico, 107
00142 Rome
Italy

 

Phone: 39-0654591
Fax: 39-065043463
Email: ifad@ifad.org
Website: www.ifad.org

 

 

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFAD is a United Nations agency with the goal to empower poor rural people in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. IFAD offers internships to young university students and graduates. Interns are fully involved in the work program of their division under the supervision of a staff member and may have a chance to visit IFAD-funded projects. Internships have a duration of up to six months.

 

International Fund for Agricultural Development
Via del Serafico, 107
00142 Rome
Italy

 

Phone: 39-0654591
Fax: 39-065043463
Email: ifad@ifad.org
Website: www.ifad.org

 

 

World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP is a United Nations agency mandated to combat global hunger. In emergencies, WFP delivers food to victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild. WFP offers internships for university students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies. Internships are provided at WFP headquarters in Rome and at country offices.

 

World Food Programme Headquarters
Via C.G.Viola 68
Parco dei Medici
00148 - Rome - Italy

 

Phone: 39-06-65131
Email: intern@wfp.org
Website: www.wfp.org

 

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO's internship program provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the work of WHO. Interns must be enrolled in a degree program in a graduate school and must possess a first degree in a public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO. Internships have a duration of 6 to 12 weeks and are offered on a volunteer basis.

 

World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

Website: www.who.int

 

 


 

Related Organisations

 

 

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The ILO is a United Nations agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states to promote decent work throughout the world. The ILO provides internships for university students who are pursuing a course of study or work in fields related to its mandate and activities. Internships are offered in the ILO's headquarters in Geneva and at field offices, and normally have a length of three to six months.

 

ILO Headquarters
4 route des Morillons
CH-1211 Genève 22
Switzerland

 

Phone: 41 (0) 22 799 6111
Fax: 41 (0) 22 798 8685
Email: internship@ilo.org
Website: www.ilo.org

 

 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The IMF is a United Nations organization that works to: promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment. The IMF provides internships to graduate students pursing an advanced degree/Ph.D. in macroeconomics or a related field. The internships have a duration of 10 to 13 weeks.

 

International Monetary Fund
700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20431
U.S.A

 

Phone: (202) 623-7422
Fax: (202) 623-7333
Email: recruit@imf.org
Website: www.imf.org

 

 

World Bank

The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It provides governments with money and technical expertise for a wide range of projects, such as education, health, infrastructure, communications, government reforms and other purposes. The World Bank offers internships to students enrolled in graduate programs. Most positions are located in Washington, DC (some positions are offered in country offices) and are a minimum of four weeks in duration.

 

The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433 USA

Phone: (202) 473-1000
Fax: (202) 477-6391
Website: http://go.worldbank.org

 

 

World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO is a United Nations organization that deals with the rules of trade between nations at a global or near-global level. The WTO secretariat maintains a limited internship program in Geneva for graduate students wishing to gain practical experience and deeper knowledge of the multilateral trading system. Internships are generally of a duration of up to 24 weeks.

 

Director, Human Resources Division
World Trade Organization
Centre William Rappard
154 rue de Lausanne
1211 Geneva 21
Switzerland

 

Email: humanresources@wto.org
Website: www.wto.org

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Other Internship Opportunities

 

 

UNA Internships

The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA awards a variety of part-time and full-time internships to highly motivated high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students.

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. In general, interns are expected to come in 3-4 days a week and work anywhere between 20-25 hours per week. The duration of an internship is typically 3 months.

 

Website: http://www.unausa.org/Page.aspx?pid=332

 

 

UN Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. The website below provides details on how to volunteer for the United Nations.

 

Website: http://www.unv.org/about-us.html

 

 

UN Watch

UN Watch is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Geneva, Switzerland whose mission is to monitor the performance of the United Nations according to the yardstick of its Charter and to protect human rights for all. UN Watch is affiliated with the American Jewish Committee and is at the forefront in the struggle against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias at the UN.

 

UN Watch accepts internship applications on a rolling basis. Interns must stay for at least two months and preferably longer. Interns work as unpaid volunteers at the headquarters in Geneva.

 

To qualify, applicants must have: 

 

·         at least one year of university studies;

·         a strong interest in international relations or human rights;

·         excellent English writing ability, preferably demonstrated by publications;

·         a demonstrable commitment to the UN Watch mission;

·         interest in combating anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias;

·         ability to work in a small, team-oriented environment operating under strict deadlines, flexibility, patience, initiative, and intellectual curiosity.

 

Website: http://www.unwatch.org/site/c.bdKKISNqEmG/b.3389733/k.8EBB/Internship_FAQs.htm

Case Postale 191, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland

Fax: 41-22-734-1613

Website: www.unwatch.org  

 

 

United Nations Independent Internship Network (UNIIN)

 

A useful resource for interns at the United Nations in Vienna. The purpose of the association for UN interns is to facilitate internship-related matters. It seeks to help evaluate and monitor the current internship programs within the VBOs, facilitate communication between supervisors, HR sections and interns, help to improve and standardise the internship experience.

 

Website: http://www.uniin.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=86&Itemid=112

 

 

 


 

 

Helpful resources

 

 

 

A helpful FAQ page is on the UNESCAP page:

http://www.unescap.org/jobs/internships/faq.asp

 

This is a very comprehensive page which contains information on internships available throughout the United Nations system and other international organizations.

 

Website: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/internships.htm