United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Outline of the organisation

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialised agency of the UN, was founded on 16 November 1945. The goals of UNESCO range from building classrooms in devastated countries, publishing scientific breakthroughs and working to build peace in the minds of mankind.

UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilises the wider public so that each child and citizen:

  • has access to quality education; a basic human right and an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable development;
  • may grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, where heritage serves as a bridge between generations and peoples;
  • can fully benefit from scientific advances;
  • and can enjoy full freedom of expression; the basis of democracy, development and human dignity.

Positions available

UNESCO runs an internship program. They also have a Young Professional program; however, its intake is limited to nationals from under-represented member states (which does not include Australia).

(1) Internship Program

UNESCO offers unpaid internships lasting between two and six months.


Internships are reserved for individuals who:

  • have completed full-time university studies (bachelor's degree or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; or
  • are enrolled in a graduate programme (second university degree or Master's degree or equivalent, or higher), at the time of application; or
  • have recently graduated with a university degree (first or second degree as defined above), within the last 12 months.

Applicants must be at least 20 years old to apply. Interns should have excellent spoken and written knowledge of one of the two working languages, English or French. Applicants must have the ability to use office-related software (MS Office). Similarly, they must demonstrate an awareness of the many facets of a multicultural world and also a commitment to international public service.

Further information is available here.

Application process

Applications should be submitted at least one month before the intended commencement date at the following link here.