United Nations Headquarters

Outline of the organisation

The UN is an international organisation founded in 1945 after WWII by 51 states committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organisation can act on a wide range of issues and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.

Positions available

The UN provides internship opportunities through its Internship Programme at its Headquarters in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut and Santiago. The objective of the internship is to give a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations. Interns will be given a real chance to work with our people

Internships last between two and six month and are not remunerated. All costs relating to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the intern or their sponsoring institution. Interns may get academic credit from their institution for higher education.


  • Be enrolled in a Master's or PhD programme, or be in the final year of a Bachelor’s programme, or within one year after graduation from a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. programme.
  • Have an excellent command of English or French.
  • Be neither a child or a sibling of a United Nations Secretariat staff member.

Application process

Internships are advertised as and when they become available at the following link here.