United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Outline of the organisation

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) supports cooperative action by States to combat climate change and its impacts on humanity and ecosystems. This is its contribution to a sustainable world and to realising the vision of peace, security and human dignity on which the United Nations is founded. Guided by the Parties to the Convention, the UNFCCC provides organisational support and technical expertise to their negotiations and institutions and facilitate the flow of authoritative information on the implementation of the Convention. The UNFCCC is committed to performing these tasks to the highest standards of professionalism and objectivity.

Positions available

UNFCCC runs an internships programme. The objective of the internship programme is to provide a framework through which postgraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to the UNFCCC secretariat to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments. It allows selected candidates to gain insight into the work of the United Nations and provides assistance and training in various professional fields.

UNFCCC secretariat’s internship programme is coordinated by the Administrative Services Programme and a designated focal point is responsible for liaising with the relevant substantive programmes for placement of interns. At the end of an internship period, both the intern and the staff member acting as his/her supervisor are required to submit an evaluation report to the designated focal point of the Internship Programme.


  • An undergraduate degree should have been completed with work on a Master degree in progress. Applicants should therefore be enrolled in a recognised university course of study in fields related to the work of the UNFCCC secretariat (including economics, environmental sciences, international law, international relations, natural sciences, political science, human resources and/or public administration, event management, IT/computer sciences, and communication) at the time of application and during the entire period of internship.
  • Ability to work in English.

Application process

Internships are advertised here.

When applying for UNFCCC internship vacancy announcements, click on the "apply now" button next to the vacancy announcement. To start the application process, you will first be asked to register as a user with the UNFCCC Online Application System.

Once you are registered as a user, you can apply for an existing internship vacancy by completing your Personal History Form (P.11) in our on-line application system. Remember to select the “internship” version of the P.11 form at the bottom right. You can also complete the form now and store your profile for one or more future vacancies. Your profile can be accessed and up-dated regularly. Please do not try to attach any additional documents, however, remember to submit an explanatory letter with your application through the system.

Online applications will be immediately acknowledged to the email address that you have used. If you do not receive an e-acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application/s may not have been received. In such cases, please contact internship@unfccc.int.