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Internship Opportunities


As an inter-agency programme of the United Nations, UN-NGLS is a dynamic office. Full-time, three-month internships are periodically available, with the possibility of extension for up to an additional three months. Internship Candidates must be enrolled in a Master's or in a Ph.D. programme, or 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 in a relevant field. 

Internship positions are unpaid. 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. In addition, applicants must have medical insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the internship begins.

Candidates for the internship programme are selected on a competitive basis. The profiles of the interns are matched with the needs of UN-NGLS. The following qualifications are required:

  • Keen interest in sustainable, social and economic development issues;
  • Knowledge of the functioning of the UN system; including work with NGOs;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills;
  • Knowledge of computer database programmes;
  • Problem-solving, organizational skills;
  • Fluency in English.
  • Working knowledge of another official language of the UN is an asset (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian)
  • Cultural sensitivity.

The intern assumes, in close cooperation with the relevant NGLS staff in both New York and Geneva, the tasks outlined below. Under the general supervision of the NGLS Coordinator, the intern is responsible for:

  • Monitoring and providing summaries of relevant UN meetings and NGO hearings;
  • Aiding in the execution and development of NGLS’s program activities;
  • Performing Internet-based Research and information cataloguing;
  • Assisting with the development of NGLS’s electronic communications; and
  • Maintaining NGLS’s contact databases.

Openings for UN-NGLS internships are posted on the UN-NGLS social media accounts. Please follow our Twitter and Facebook pages using the links at the top of this page.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.


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