Steps to Apply for United Nations Internship Program


Internships can be said to unique and wonderful opportunities provided for students in various levels especially in institutions of higher learning to enable them undergo training and get first hand work experience in organisations that avail such opportunity.Are you a young fellow who seeks Internship opportunities in a world of diplomacy and public policy, then an internship at the United Nations could be the ideal start for you.


About:The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945.  It is currently made up of 193 Member States.  The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more…..(read more)

The objective of the internship is to give you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations. You will be given a real chance to work with UN staff and also working directly with outstanding and inspiring career professionals and senior management, you will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organizational policy of the United Nations.

Who can be a United Nations Intern?

Are you 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?Do you have excellent command of English or French?Are you neither a child or a sibling of a United Nations Secretariat staff member?

But we are going to give guide you with the steps with which you can apply and be awarded the United Nations Internship opportunity These steps are as follows;

  1. Searching for internship openings
  2. Creating a profile and preparing an application
  3. Preparing and submitting of internship application
  4. Evaluation of application
  5. Apply on time
  6. Ask for references
  7. Stay positive

Searching for internship openings:

This is the very first step towards getting an internship opportunity from the united nations.this is the stage that involves sourcing of necessary information’s as it concerns the Internship program. Most Internship openings are usually in some of the other branches of the United nations and needs a different application link.Necessary information’s would include Duration of program,cost,visa,travel,medical insurance,confidentiality and academic credit amongst others

Creating a profile and preparing an application:

An Internship application at the United Nation consists of a profile section and an application inform that includes a Resumé and a cover, all which would be prepared online on the Internship must first of all register on the website to enable you manage your profile, application form and all information relating to your application(s).

Preparing and submitting of internship application:

After the creation of a profile,applicants may get may get a set of questions, which are yes/no, true/false or multiple choice questions depending on the Internship position applied for and Similarly, depending on the position, you may be prompted with a list of skills and be asked to perform a self-assessment on these, giving an indication of your level of proficiency for each skill listed. Your responses will be used in the evaluation and assessment of your candidature.

Evaluation of application:

 Your Internship application is evaluated in terms of experience, education and skills. Only if it is determined that you meet most or all of the requirements you will be contacted to undergo an assessment i.e. a knowledge-based test or another type of simulation it is safe that applicants should take their time to make a have good overview of all the information’s they have provided and ensure that it is accurate and authentic to avoid penalties.

If it is determined that you are not eligible or only meet some or none of the requirements for a particular job, you will be informed, at the appropriate time, that your application was unsuccessful for this particular job. In this case, you should not be discouraged but apply for other jobs for which you feel you are qualified.

Apply on time:A stitch in time,the say saves Nine,it is in this regard that i would say that internships have also deadlines for application ,so it will  be wise to send in your applications as early as possible before the stated deadline or even earlier,Reason being that, applicants can never be too sure on the factors that affect the short-listing process.

Ask for references:Most universities will require recommendation letters from an applicant’s referees. Before you apply, ask someone who knows you well to support you with this step (e.g., your teacher, mentor, employer or community leader). Some universities will require the recommendation to be submitted online. In this case, it is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with his/her referees about the online submission.This is more like a step taken by they universities to ensure that their prospective student is a person of good repute,worthy character and would make a good Ambassador both for the scholarships sponsor and the partner universities.

Stay positive:there is nothing wrong with being eager about getting the Internship position you applied for ,as a matter of fact, staying positive i assure you will go a long way to help you in this pursuit,especially when you know you have done all that have been listed satisfactorily.

To read more about the United Nations Internship program you can see this,[email protected]

Author: Excel Ajah

Ajah Excel is top notch education blogger and founder World Scholarship Forum. Having over 6 years of experience in international studies and opportunity discoveries.You can connect with him using the links below.


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