United Nations Internships
(including Volunteer Work)

United Nations Headquarters in New York

The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate program to undertake an internship at its headquarters in New York. Preference is given to candidates from developing, underrepresented or unrepresented countries in the UN. There are three internship sessions throughout the year: spring (mid-January to mid-March); summer (early June to early August); and fall (mid-September to mid-November). Internships are on a volunteer basis.

Internship Coordinator
United Nations Headquarters
Room S-2500F
New York, NY 10017
U.S.A.

Fax: (212) 963-9514
Email: OHRM_interns@un.org
Website: www.un.org

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFAD is a United Nations agency with the goal to empower poor rural people in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. IFAD offers internships to young university students and graduates. Interns are fully involved in the work program of their division under the supervision of a staff member and may have a chance to visit IFAD-funded projects. Internships have a duration of up to six months.

International Fund for Agricultural Development
Via del Serafico, 107
00142 Rome
Italy

Phone: 39-0654591
Fax: +39-065043463
Email: ifad@ifad.org
Website: www.ifad.org

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The ILO is a United Nations agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states to promote decent work throughout the world. The ILO provides internships for university students who are pursuing a course of study or work in fields related to its mandate and activities. Internships are offered in the ILO's headquarters in Geneva and at field offices, and normally have a length of three to six months.

ILO Headquarters
4 route des Morillons
CH-1211 Genève 22
Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0) 22 799 6111
Fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685
Email: internship@ilo.org
Website: www.ilo.org

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The IMF is a United Nations organization that works to: promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment. The IMF provides internships to graduate students pursing an advanced degree/Ph.D. in macroeconomics or a related field. The internships have a duration of 10 to 13 weeks.

International Monetary Fund
700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20431
U.S.A

Phone: (202) 623-7422
Fax: (202) 623-7333
Email: recruit@imf.org
Website: www.imf.org

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

OHCHR is a department of the United Nations Secretariat, with the mandate to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in international human rights laws and treaties. OHCHR provides internships to graduate students for a period of three to six months. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

Phone: +41 22 917 9000
Email: internship@ohchr.org
Website: www.ohchr.org

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is a United Nations organization that works all over the world to save, protect and enhance the lives of children. Its internship program offers university students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced staff at UNICEF's headquarters in New York or at country offices. The internships are on a volunteer basis and last for 6 to 16 weeks.

Email: internships@unicef.org
Website: www.unicef.org

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

UNIFEM provides financial and technical assistance to programs and strategies that improve the living standards of women in developing countries and address their concerns. UNIFEM offers internships to graduate-level students. The internship program is designed to complement women's development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

UNIFEM Headquarters
304 East 45th Street
15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
U.S.A.

Phone: (212) 906-6400
Fax: (212) 906-6705
Website: www.unifem.org

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP offers a limited number of internships to graduate-level students. The internships are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, and to complement other international studies, including law. Internships can take place in a UNDP country office/regional center or at the organization's headquarters in New York. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Headquarters
United Nations Development Programme
One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
U.S.A.

Website: www.undp.org

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

UNESCAP is the regional arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. UNESCAP provides opportunities for students who are enrolled in graduate programs to undertake an internship with one of its diverse range of divisions and agencies, most of them located at its Bangkok headquarters.

Human Resources Management Section (HRMS), UNESCAP
United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Email: escap-hrms@un.org
Website: www.unescap.org

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

UNECE is a regional commission of the United Nations with the aim of promoting pan-European economic integration. UNECE accepts interns from time to time on a volunteer basis. The internships are open to graduate or post-graduate students.

Internship Coordinator
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Palais des Nations, Office 362
CH-1211 Geneva 10

Email: interns@unece.org
Website: www.unece.org

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its member states in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. UNESCO provides internships to students pursuing a graduate degree program or technical/professional studies. The internships are offered at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris and at field offices. Internships have a duration of one to four months and are on a volunteer basis.

UNESCO
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
France

Phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 10 00
Fax: +33 (0)1 45 67 16 90
Website: www.unesco.org

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP offers internships in Nairobi, Kenya for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships have a duration of three to six months and are on a volunteer basis.

United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
PO Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: (254-20) 7621234
Fax: (254-20) 7624489/90
Website: www.unep.org

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

UNFCCC sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. UNFCCC's internship program allows graduate students to gain insight into the work of the United Nations and provides assistance and training in various professional fields. The normal duration of an internship is two months, which can be extended for an additional two months. Internships are on a volunteer basis.

Ms. Catherina Denoo
Intern Focal Point
UNFCCC
P.O. Box 260124, D-53153
Bonn, Germany

Email address: cdenoo@unfccc.int
Website: http://unfccc.int

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

UN-HABITAT is the United Nations agency for human settlements, mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT offers internships in Nairobi, Kenya for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships have a duration of three to six months and are on a volunteer basis.

UN-HABITAT Headquarters
P.O. Box 30030, GPO
Nairobi, 00100, Kenya

Phone: (254-20) 7621234 (Operator) / 7 623120 (Information Services)
Fax: (254-20) 7624266
Website: www.unhabitat.org

United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)

UNON provides the offices of the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, and other key agencies with vital administrative and technical support services. UNON offers internships in Nairobi for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships have a duration of three to six months and are on a volunteer basis.

United Nations Office at Nairobi
P.O. Box 67578
Nairobi-00200
Kenya

Phone: (254-20) 624336
Fax: (254-20) 623789
Email: internship@unon.org
Website: www.unon.org

World Bank

The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It provides governments with money and technical expertise for a wide range of projects, such as education, health, infrastructure, communications, government reforms and other purposes. The World Bank offers internships to students enrolled in graduate programs. Most positions are located in Washington, DC (some positions are offered in country offices) and are a minimum of four weeks in duration.

The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433 USA

Phone: (202) 473-1000
Fax: (202) 477-6391
Website: http://go.worldbank.org

World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP is a United Nations agency mandated to combat global hunger. In emergencies, WFP delivers food to victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild. WFP offers internships for university students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies. Internships are provided at WFP headquarters in Rome and at country offices.

World Food Programme Headquarters
Via C.G.Viola 68
Parco dei Medici
00148 - Rome - Italy

Phone: +39-06-65131
Email: intern@wfp.org
Website: www.wfp.org

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO's internship program provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the work of WHO. Interns must be enrolled in a degree program in a graduate school and must possess a first degree in a public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO. Internships have a duration of 6 to 12 weeks and are offered on a volunteer basis.

World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

Website: www.who.int

World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO is a United Nations organization that deals with the rules of trade between nations at a global or near-global level. The WTO secretariat maintains a limited internship program in Geneva for graduate students wishing to gain practical experience and deeper knowledge of the multilateral trading system. Internships are generally of a duration of up to 24 weeks.

Director, Human Resources Division
World Trade Organization
Centre William Rappard
154 rue de Lausanne
1211 Geneva 21
Switzerland

Email: humanresources@wto.org
Website: www.wto.org