Internship programme

UN Women interns
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Eligibility requirements | What we look for | Duration | Financial aspects
Application process | Interns in the world | Testimonials | Internship opportunities

The UN Women Internship Programme offers outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UN Women’s work in areas such as strategic partnership, communications, advocacy, policy, evaluation, human resources, programme planning, research and data, finance, and ICT.

Internship assignments vary greatly in terms of content. They may have a country-specific, regional, sectoral, or thematic focus. Most interns support  the design, implementation and evaluation of UN Women projects and will learn about the work of gender and humanitarian action in an international environment.

Internships are offered depending on the availability of meaningful assignments and the needs and capacity of units/offices to receive and supervise interns.

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Eligibility requirements

  • You must be enrolled in a master’s, post-master’s or doctorate programme, or be in the final year of a first university degree programme (bachelor’s level or equivalent).
  • If you have recently graduated from university, you must be able to commence the internship within one year of graduation.

What we look for

UN Women value and competency framework

Duration of internship

  • Internships range from a minimum of two months to a maximum of six months, according to the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of UN Women.
  • Assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year.

Financial aspects

  • UN Women interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from UN Women. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either you or your sponsoring institution.
  • You will be responsible for obtaining and financing the necessary visas.

Application process

  • To apply for an internship, click on the vacancy announcement below and follow specific instructions on how to apply.
  • Please complete online application and/or email your resume and cover letter to the hiring manager, listed in the terms of reference (TOR).
  • You will need to provide two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance, proof of school enrolment or graduation, and a scanned copy of your passport and visa (if applicable). You will also need to complete an application agreement form.

Please note that you may be required to submit these documents either at the application stage or interview stage or once you have been selected.

For more information, please see United Nations internship programme policy.

Interns in the world

As of April 2017, the distribution of interns was as follows:

UN Women interns around the world

Intern testimonials

“Since beginning my internship in the Independent Evaluation Office, I’ve been immersed in a number of projects ranging from the UN SWAP to the Corporate Evaluation Plan to the Professionalization Initiative. Volunteering at International Women's Day and throughout the Commission on the Status of Women was both insightful and energizing. I've only been here for two months, and am thrilled to continue engaging and learning.” —Daniele Elizaire, Evaluation Intern

“Working to advance Women’s Economic Empowerment is truly great and rewarding. I have learned a lot so far regarding how to address Unpaid Care Work and was able to see how important is our work advocating and challenging established conditions, pursuing a better life for ALL women.” —Gabrielle Leite, Economic Empowerment Intern

“During my time at UN Women I have been fortunate to become a part of an incredibly dynamic team.  The diversity of my colleagues' international and professional backgrounds means each day in the office brings new opportunities to learn from a new perspective or approach.” —Sarah Lux-Lee, UNiTE Campaign Intern

Internship opportunities

Please see below the terms of reference (TOR) for current internship opportunities: