United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme

Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year


International Organizations


  • Austria
  • Kenya
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America
Vienna, Nairobi, Geneva, New York


The Secretariat, one of the main organs of the UN, is organized along departmental lines, with each department or office having a distinct area of action and responsibility. Offices and departments coordinate with each other to ensure cohesion as they carry out the day to day work of the Organization in offices and duty stations around the world. At the head of the United Nations Secretariat is the Secretary-General.


The purpose of the United Nations internship programme is twofold:

(a) to provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the United Nations through assignment to offices within the Secretariat in order to enhance their educational experience and gain experience in the work of the United Nations; and

(b) to provide United Nations offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields

The minimum duration of an internship is two months. This period can be extended up to a total period of six months. Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis in the department/office that has selected them, under the supervision of a staff member at an appropriate level.

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Description of Ideal Candidate

Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following 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 3.1 (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation, as provided for in section 11.4 of the present instruction.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

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