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Guide to the United Nations Internship Programme

Why United Nations Internships?

If you are thinking of joining the world of diplomacy and public policy, an internship at the United Nations could be the ideal start for you.

The purpose of the internship is to offer you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working background of the United Nations. You will be given a genuine opportunity to perform with our people. As part of our team, working literally with excellent and inspiring career specialists and senior administration, you will be revealed to high-profile conferences, partake in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as administrative policy of the United Nations. Initially, you will take on the amount of accountability you can shoulder; the potential for development, however, is yours to develop.

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Requirements for United Nations Internship Programmes

  • Be enlisted in, or have finished, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or comparable).), or be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)?
  • Have an excellent command of English or French
  • Are you neither a child nor a sibling of a United Nations Secretariat staff member?

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Duration and Benefits of the UN Internship Programme

  • Duration: The internship programme lasts for at least two months and can be as long as six months. Once chosen, you must begin your internship either previously or within one year of graduation.
  • Cost: United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenditures must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.
  • Visa: You will be responsible for obtaining and financing the necessary visas.
  • Travel: You will organize and finance your travel to the United Nations location where you will be an intern.
  • Medical insurance: You will be responsible for costs occurring from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship and must show proof of a valid major global medical insurance coverage.
  • Confidentiality: You must be discreet and keep confidential any and all unpublished information gained during the course of the internship and may not publish any documents based on such information.
  • Academic Credit: You may get academic credit from your institution of higher education for the internship. Review with your university to confirm their academic credit policy for internships.

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