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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



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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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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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