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Employment and internships


Employment and internships with the United Nations



Employment opportunities

In order to function effectively as a global organization, the United Nations Secretariat has a continuing need for staff. It is impossible to list in detail the different type of positions for which the Organization recruits.

Explore a career with the UN:

General information on employment opportunities and current vacancies at the UN Secretariat:

The specialized agencies, funds and programmes (i.e. UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, etc.) conduct their own recruitment programmes. Candidates should consult the appropriate agency’s website for information concerning employment opportunities. The following webpage contains links to recruitment and human resources offices of over 40 of these organizations:

Aside from the ‘Blue Helmets’, which are military forces provided directly by the Members States, the UN rely on civilian staff for its peacekeeping missions. Information on recruitment for peacekeeping operations is available at

Salaries, allowances, benefits and job classification at the United Nations:


Language competitive examinations

The United Nations is looking for qualified candidates to fill its language positions across the Organization:



Young professionals programme (YPP) 

The United Nations is seeking highly qualified nationals of certain countries for employment in order to achieve greater geographical balance of its professional staff. The Young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination:

YPP 2015 Job Families:
Administration, Finance, Statistics, Public Information, Social Affairs, Legal Affairs

Participating Countries in 2015:
Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Dominica, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea (Republic of ), Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Zambia.



Associate Expert Programme 

The Programme offers young professionals who are graduates from universities or institutions of higher education an opportunity to acquire professional experience in the technical cooperation of the United Nations Secretariat. An Associate Expert is recruited under bilateral agreements between the United Nations and donor countries.



United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) 

The United Nations Volunteers program is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide:



Internship programmes 

Internship programmes at all major locations of the United Nations:

Internship throughout the UN system:

If you are interested in internships with other United Nations funds and programmes, please apply with them directly at

Internship at the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Brussels

UNRIC is looking for qualified interns for a period of three to six months.

Applications should be sent to: UNRIC Brussels, attention: internship, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium or via e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



UN System Vacancies in Brussels 

Vacancy announcement and internships for the various UN offices in Brussels are posted at



Social Networking 






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Vacancies Brussels

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Internship at UNRIC (UK & Ireland Desk), Brussels


UNRIC Brussels is looking for an intern for the UK and Ireland Desk for four months, starting 24 August 2015.

Applicants should be graduates, preferably in the area of communications, journalism, international relations, marketing or political science. Candidates must have native or near-native written and oral communication skills in English. 

UNRIC does not provide financial support for interns. All successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel to Brussels, lodging and living expenses during the four month internship period.

Core responsibilities: 

  • Working closely with the UK and Ireland desk officer, UNRIC staff and external UNRIC partners.
  • Monitoring the British and Irish media.
  • Managing social media pages, twitter and website for UK and Ireland desk initiatives.
  • Assisting with the organisation, film selection and other tasks involved in our flagship outreach initiative, Cine-ONU.
  • Writing articles in English for the website and UK and Ireland desk blog.


  • Native or near native English communication skills, both written and oral
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and social media skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management

Please send your CV and application letter by e-mail to Karen Davies This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5 July 2015.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Vacancy announcement WHO Brussels: Administrative Internship


Brussels WHO Representation to the EU


Minimum 3 months, and extendable to maximum 6 months (24 weeks) upon mutual agreement.

Summary of the position:

The main objective of the internship is to provide a framework where the educational experience of the intern can be enhanced through practical work assignments. Consequently, the intern is expected to support the team systematically with administrative and support tasks. This will involve working on existing information tools, using a variety of software programmes, apply office procedures adequately and consistently and execute information monitoring and updating. Any actions taken will help to ensure the WHO office is at all times fully operational.

Scope of activities:

The intern will help the Brussels office of WHO, as follows (the list is not exhaustive and all activities may not be covered during the period of the assignment):

1. Assists the supervisor(s) in drafting correspondence and documents based on written/verbal prompts from the Professional staff of the unit, in line with the WHO style guide and verifies for correctness. Composes and finalizes correspondence of administrative nature. Provides rough translation or synopsis of incoming mail. Takes notes at meetings. Takes and transcribes from dictation, recordings and handwritten drafts, correcting as appropriate. Types reports and other documentation.

2. Assists with the administrative preparation and conduct of meetings and educational activities, in accordance with established procedures.

3. Makes travel arrangements for duty travels and, in accordance with established procedures, prepares approval memoranda, travel authorizations and follows up on issue of duty travel reports.

4. Provides administrative support as required by the supervisor(s), such as formatting a variety of documents and filing upon instruction.

5. Initiates action to process or follow up on correspondence, documentation and forms. Creates background files and compiles reference material as appropriate. Accesses and retrieves information from relevant databases and updates as required.

6. Responds to and acts on telephone enquiries and requests for information. Assesses the critical nature of technical enquiries and refers them to appropriate staff for reply.
Sets up and coordinates appointments for supervisor, places telephone calls upon request, receives visitors to the office and organizes a relevant programmes for visitors upon instructions.

7. Ensures registration of the supervisor(s) in any events of their interest and follows up on any contacts made. Prepares relevant briefing files upon instruction.

Performs other related duties as required.

What we offer

Interns are fully involved in all aspects of our work at the WHO representation to the EU. They are part of an international team that supports them in acquiring skills to work in an intergovernmental organization and hands-on knowledge of how major international actors and stakeholders inter-relate, at the European and global levels. Interns are given the opportunity to focus on their tasks and they will help in supporting the activities of the office. They are also empowered with responsibilities to develop and manage portfolios of certain topics, which they keep updated on and follow closely.

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic young bachelor student, who, as part of the course they are following, would like to spend time with us in our Brussels office as part of a multinational team and who:

  • -  Is currently enrolled as a student in a relevant course of study (office management, communication management, administration, ...) leading to a formal qualification, or have finished such study less than 6 months before the appointment date. (necessity)

  • -  Other knowledge relevant to the required duties (evening classes in computing, extra languages, etc.) will be considered an asset;

  • -  Knowledge of the European institutions and their functioning is desirable;

  • -  An interest in issues related to health, consumer and social policies in Europe


  • -  An excellent command of English, in speech and writing, as well as at least

    another official UN and/or EU language (necessity)

  • -  The ability to write clearly and succinctly in English

  • -  A desire to work in a dynamic and international environment

- Excellent working knowledge of basic Office applications and powerful skills in online research

Who are we?

WHO is the United Nations specialized agency for health. The Brussels office is its official representation to the EU, with a function of liaising with all relevant EU stakeholders and keeping WHO Headquarters and regional offices in the centre of the European health debate, with an equally high interest in the policies being developed and implemented in the health and non-health sectors.


According to the rules and regulations of WHO, the internship is not remunerated. Applicants should be minimum 20 years of age. The minimum appointment needs to be 12 consecutive weeks.
The Intern will be based in the WHO office in Brussels, with their own workstation and all other office facilities. For the duration of the internship, they are part of the information network and IT system of WHO.
Please specify during your application whether you are likely to receive funding or a scholarship from an outside source.

Desired starting date

At the moment we are looking specifically for any candidates starting as from 1 September 2015. There are also options to start later during 2015. WHO aims to fill a schedule of candidates for the next 12 months.

How to apply

Please submit your motivation letter accompanied by an update of your CV to the HR Administrator of the WHO Brussels Office. Both need to be drafted in English. Only candidates subsequently selected for an interview will be contacted and requested to complete further administrative forms.


If you are interested in working with us, please contact Ms Ine Mortelmans, HR Administrator:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel. +32-2-506.46.64

Rue Montoyer 14 1000 Brussels Belgium 

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External Relations Internship At the UN Refugee Agency – Brussels Office

External Relations Internship

At the UN Refugee Agency Brussels Office

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers assistance and protection to refugees around the world. UNHCR is one of the largest refugee agencies, with a staff of over 9,300 employees in 123 countries who help millions of refugees, returnees and internally displaced and stateless persons.

The External Relations Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg seeks native French-speaking interns for five to six months starting 1 July 2015. The intern should have a good command of English and a good comprehension of Dutch and knowledge of the media sector (including social media). Graphic design, website content management and video-making and editing skills are a strong asset.

What we offer

·       Work in a dynamic, international environment

·       Learn about state-of-the-art promotional techniques

·       Learning about refugee issues with one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world

·       First-hand accounts of refugee situations, via presentations given by staff assisting refugees in

·       Belgium and abroad

·       Experience with a UN agency

·       Wide variety of interesting tasks

·       Chance to practice English

·       Letter of recommendation from a prestigious organization

Working method

Interns are entrusted with increasingly independent tasks. We seek individuals with a responsible,

follow-up approach. The UNHCR External Relations office for Western Europe is also strengthening

its use of social media and videos, for which the interns are key contributors. We continuously

innovate with new projects. Interns participate in meetings; their creative ideas, technical knowhow

and other contributions are highly valued. Some of our projects’ end results are visible on our

website, in which the interns play a key role in updating.

General description of internship

·       Researching and summarizing information on a variety of historic and current refugee issues

·       Monitoring and analyzing the Belgian and Luxembourg press on a daily basis

·       Writing, editing and translating texts (English and Dutch into French), usually for the website

·       Finding and loading content onto Twitter, the website and Facebook, to strict deadlines

·       Assisting with the organization of events

·       Giving presentations to children in schools and summer workshops

·       Taking, editing and filing photographs

·       Making and editing videos and slideshows

·       Assisting with the creation of publications (brochures, bookmarks, posters)

·       Assistance with general office tasks on an ad hoc basis

How to apply

Please e-mail your CV and cover letter before 10 June 2015 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject

‘’PI Internship’’. Early applications may be given priority. Note that this is not a paid internship.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Regional Representation for Western Europe

11b Rue van Eyck, 1050 Brussels Tel.: +32 2 627 5999 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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