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United Nations Volunteer Internship Programme for Young People from UN Member Countries


Deadline: no deadline

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is awarded to young people from UN member States interested in contributing to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. UNV provides the opportunity for a limited number of internships at its headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

The UNV Internship Programme offers the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNV’s work and is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in development and volunteerism. It may also complement other studies such as international relations, communications, media relations and social sciences.

The objective is to enhance the intern’s educational experience through practical work assignments and to allow selected candidates to gain insight into the work of the United Nations.


Minimum Qualifications & Experience:

  • Education: Completed undergraduate degree (Bachelor) and current enrollment in a Masters degree or equivalent. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible;
  • Field of study: Development-related fields such as economics, international relations, anthropology, sociology, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Other fields of study may be considered depending on the type of assignment;
  • Language skills: Written and spoken proficiency in English and preferably in an additional official UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese);
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development and the work of international organisations.

Immediate family members of UNV staff are not eligible to apply.

Eligible groups
Citizens of UN member States

Participating Institutions
UNV headquarters in Bonn, Germany

Fields of study
See ‘Eligibility’ above

Internship duration
Interns are accepted throughout the year; for a period of normally two to four months

Internship benefits
The purpose of the Internship Programme is to complement an intern’s studies, not to lead to further employment with the organization. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have gone on to further assignments with UNV, UNDP or elsewhere in the United Nations system. Note that there is no promise of employment upon completion of an internship with UNV.

Financial aspects, expenses and medical benefits:

  • The Internship Programme operates on a non-remunerative basis. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his sponsoring institution or government.
  • UNV accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance for the intern or for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness during the internship period. Applicants are required to provide evidence of adequate medical insurance coverage.
  • UNV is not responsible for any claims by an intern or third party in the case of loss or damage to property or death or personal injury as a result of actions or omissions on the part of the intern during the internship period.

Method of Application
Applications should be forwarded to the designated contact person (as indicated in the TORs). Due to the high number of applications, only shortlisted and/or selected candidates will be contacted. Applications (in English) should include the following:

  1.  An application form [MS Word];
  2. Recent curriculum vitae (CV); and
  3. A cover letter indicating the motivation and reason for an internship with UNV as well as the preferred field of work.

It is important to read through the current Internship vacancies, and also to visit the main Internship webpage (link to it is below) for complete information, and to apply to specific vacancies you are interested in.

Interns are accepted throughout the year. See the official website for specific deadline dates of specific internship vacancies

An intern is not entitled to apply for a regular position or hold a consultancy or contractor agreement with the organization either during the internship, or within the following six months.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany but has other Headquarter locations (e.g. New York and Tokyo).

UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN volunteers, throughout the world. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

Application Deadline: Rolling
Open to International Applicants: Yes

Visit the Information and Application Portal for more details.

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    I need to know if my names applied at any university in the UK… Am by names of NAJJINGO LILLIAN ….The UN agent is my sponsor but nothing is going on

  2. AM Tizita Asefa from Ethiopia have Bsc degree in applied Biology need to learn in your institution. thank you.

  3. I’m Ambelia Oliver student from international University of East Africa pursing bachelor of business administration majoring in accounting. Will I be qualify to apply for internship program?

  4. fahad winston mukulu

    l want to volunteer

  5. I am a staff nurse working in the northern part of Nigeria, I want to join your volunteer job.
    What do I need to do?

  6. Samuel antwi jnr

    Iam a student and I want to join your volunteer job what do I do. From Ghana

  7. I am a passionate teacher with a well defined attitude towards children and willing to volunteer ..

  8. Harrison kugonza

    Am a driver i need also, what should i consider?

  9. mwamba mukalay jackson

    i am no longer a student i have been a journalist for four years i would like to be a volunteer.from Rwanda but i am a congolese

  10. Eliza Nyambura Kariuki

    My names are Eliza Nyambura, a teacher and a community health worker who is willing to be a volunteer in yr organization. Ie UN

  11. katushabe.cleophas

    am katushabe cleophas. holding a diploma in common wealth and youth development work staying in Kampala Uganda willing to work with you. if u accept me hear is my contact 0751885406

  12. I am an experienced travel agent/consultant and would love to volunteer. Currently based in Nairobi, Kenya


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  14. Am a nurse buy professional, I will be happy to get this job.

  15. Charles Mutuma Mbaya

    I am Charles Mutuma Mbaya, I have done diploma in aeronautical engineering. My Telephone number 0718984375 or 0721330274 (Home Telephone).

  16. Charles Mutuma Mbaya

    Alred Muoki Mbaya, Done degree in natural resource management. My telephone 0708457317 or home telephone 0721330274

  17. Charles Mutuma Mbaya

    I am in need and available for the task any time.

  18. ogunlana Ebunoluwa

    My name is OGUNLANA EBUNOLUWA am interested, available and and in need for any task. my telephone number is 08170966444. Am from Nigeria, lagos state

  19. Not very inclusive is it? I thought the whole point of volunteering was to help people. Why does a person need a degree or masters to ‘volunteer’? Since when is education a requirement for compassion. Smh.

  20. I am a student in Ghana and i will like to join the volunteer team. Please what should i do


    I am a student at Makerere university offering bachelors of tourism en i wound like to volunteer and for more information my e-mail is bschriss@gmail.com

  22. iam anthony ariongo from uganda i would wish to work with you.0750112680


    Here by AINOMUGISHA NASASIRA requesting for vacancy of volunteering in your organisation am still doing my course bachelor in law am finishing my course this may 2017 let me hope my request has been put under your consideration thanks my mobile number 0779440907

  24. am julius max from Ghana and please can you people help me to join your term ……

  25. I am a university student,I have a verse knowledge on voluntary work.What are the steps to follow because I badly want to be part of it.Alex Mosay,Sierra Leone. +23279164762.

  26. Munyambonera Theogene Ruphini

    good internship,
    We wish to join you.

  27. Iam muwanguzi David 28 yrs from Uganda and a degree holder I bachelors of international business who would like participate in UNV activities to promote peace and development in war tone countries 0701071332

  28. i think this is the best organization so far and i love the effort you guys have uphold for the favour of others . so far so good am proud of you guys .congratulations

  29. Adi charles ordain

    I humbly write to Express my Interest to volunteer

  30. I am a Post-Graduate student (Masters Degree). A Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) major in the University of Calabar, Nigeria. An opportunity to work in service to humanity; with/for the UN would be great. I am a Nigerian.

  31. I am Evance Mahundi from Tanzania and am taking my course in clinical medicine (cm) . UNV is a great place and would like to put my effort in it too, to change my country . I appreciate this internship .thank you.

  32. I am Fransina Kuvare from Namibia, having a degree with Honours in Humanities, HIV/AIDS Management. An opportunity to join UNV team will be appreciated. thank you.

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