Internship at UNFPA

31 October 2017


The UNFPA Internship Program offers outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNFPA operations. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of UNFPA work. 

Applicants should have expressed interest in the field of development; ability to adapt to new environments and work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member at UNFPA. The background of the interns is matched with the needs of the organization. The duration and timing of the internship will be agreed with the successful candidates.
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required: 
- enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in a development related field such as public or business administration, public health, international relations or mass media studies. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible.
- demonstrated interest in the field of development 
- language skills: written and spoken proficiency in Russian and/or Belarusian and English. 
- an interest in global mobility; adaptability to varied physical and other environments; a desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.
- respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter.
Financial Issues 
Interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration fr om UNFPA. The costs associated with an intern's participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and other requirements.
Further Career Opportunities 
The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNFPA but, as mentioned, to complement an intern's studies.
Who to contact 
Selection for the internships is fully decentralized within UNFPA.  Applications (CV and Cover letter) may be submitted to Only selected candidates will be contacted.