Internships at UNESCO

UNESCO offers 1 to 4 months unpaid internships at its headquarters to students, researchers and national civil servants. Depending on the qualifications, these internships relate either to the Organisation’s strategic activities or to administrative or technical functions. The aim is to give professional experience in an international organisation which relates to and supplements the education of the participants. It offers the opportunity to work in the multicultural environment of an intergovernmental organisation.

Conditions

The internship is unpaid, costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns are fully responsible for arranging at their own expense health and other forms of insurance covering the period of internship at UNESCO.

Who can apply?

You can apply for an internship if:

  • You have completed your full-time university studies (bachelor's degree or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment; or
  • You are enrolled in a graduate programme (second university degree or Master's degree or equivalent, or higher), at the time of application; or
  • You have recently graduated with a university degree (first or second degree as defined above), within the last 12 months.

Applicants in secretarial/assistant or technical/professional assignments must be enrolled in a secretarial school or in a specialized technical/professional institution, and must have reached the last year of their studies, or have recently graduated (within the last 12 months) from their school or institution.  

What are the requirements?

  • Age: You must be at least 20 years old to apply.
  • Languages: You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French. A working knowledge of the other language (English or French) is an asset, and may be required for internships in secretarial and assistantship assignments at the headquarters.
  • Computer skills: You must have an excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.
  • Team player: You should be able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.
  • Communication skills: You should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

How to apply?

Your application must be submitted at least one month before the start of the internship.

The application form can only be submitted online via: stageweb.unesco.org/