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Internship Programme
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The following information must be read before requesting an application form.

See below as to how to get an application form







The purpose of the programme is:

  • to provide current students with important practical experience which complements their field of study which at the same time will be of benefit to the UN offices to which the intern is assigned;
  • to promote among the students a better understanding of major global problems confronting the world and to give them an insight into how the UN attempts to find solutions to these problems, and;
  • to expose the students to the UN and its policies and programmes and have them become ambassadors of good will.
The Internship Programme services Offices at UN-HABITAT, UNEP and UNON

Location of Internship Assignment
Internship assignments take place both at the Offices in Nairobi and in the case of UNEP also at offices away from Headquarters. The preferred location of internship is requested on the application form.

Language Requirements
In that the UN Secretariat has two working languages, English and French, intern candidates should have fluency in at least one of the two working languages. As for OAHQs, candidates should be fluent in the working language used in the recruiting UN Office, e.g., English in Nairobi, Spanish in Mexico, etc.

Medical and Health
The UN Offices at Nairobi accept no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship.
The intern will be asked to sign a waiver indicating that he/she will bear all costs arising from accident and/or illness incurred during the internship. All interns will be required to undergo a medical examination before starting an internship.
For all overseas candidates, a certificate of fitness to undergo an internship, duly signed and stamped by a qualified examining physician is required to be submitted upon arrival and before starting an internship. This will eliminate any difficulties arising from an international intern arriving and being declared medically unfit by a UN Examining Medical Office and necessitating return home.

Selection Procedure

  1. The Staff Development and Training Unit will try to identify an office which is appopriate to the applicant's expertise and substantive office's need by circulating the application to the appropriate units for evaluation and response.
  2. Acceptance of interns is subject to confirmation by the receiving substantive office desiring to have an intern for the specific period and the availability of office space.
  3. The substantive office will submit Terms of Reference for the proposed intern and will select a Senior Professional to be responsible for the intern's supervision.
  4. Internship candidates having a family relationship with staff members will not be permitted to work in the same unit as the family member; however, they will be considered in accordance with the Internship Policy.
Conditions of Internship
Interns receive no remuneration. Costs of travel and accomodation, living expenses included, are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
Interns are solely responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging their travel to their duty station.

Interns can begin their internship only after they have agreed to the terms of reference and the conditions of the Internship Programme and in the case of a Nairobi placement, have discussed the above-mentioned terms and conditions with HRMS.

Programme Start Date

  • January
  • June
  • October

Date of Reciept of Completed application

  • November 1
  • March 1
  • August 1


Upon arrival, the intern is to report to the Staff Development and Training Unit, HRMS and undergo a briefing. HRMS will arrange for medical clearance and the issuance of a grounds pass.

Certificate of Attendance

Upon completion of the Internship Programme, the candidate will be awarded a certificate of attendance.


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