Internships at UNU-ONY

The United Nations University Office at the United Nations, New York (UNU-ONY) recruits Junior Professional Fellows (JPFs) for two sessions each year running from August to January, and February to July. The internship title, ”Junior Professional Fellows” reflects the high level of responsibility and opportunity given to those accepted into this program. Testimonial…

    ”The work allows you to peek into a large range of institutions and issue areas of the United Nations. Not only do you learn a lot about different working areas, but you can also access it from several angels, interacting with international civil servants, academics, and diplomats.”

Jibecke Jonsson, Former Junior Professional Fellow, Current – PhD Student at European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Please note that UNU-ONY Junior Professional Fellows positions require full-time commitments due to the high level of responsibilities given to our interns. These are unpaid positions. On the job training and support is provided throughout the internship.

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

February 1st to July 31st Session: November 30th

August 1st to January 31st Session: May 31st

UNU-ONY does not offer summer fellowships.

UNU-ONY Junior Professional Fellow’s responsibilities will range widely, encompassing aspects of UNU-ONY’s work.As a UN agency, the aim of the UNU is to function as a think tank of and for the UN, and to bridge the gap between policy makers and academia. The UNU Office in New York’s areas of responsibility include Events, Marketing, and Partnership-Fundraising.Recently, two new focus areas have been added during the Junior Professional Fellows session that ran from August 2008 to January 2009: Policy Research and Latin America. This provides the Junior Professional Fellows with a unique opportunity to further expand the work that has recently been initiated, and to concretize the activities in these two important areas.For more details about the activities pertaining to each of the focus areas, please click here. UNU-ONY liaises with the UN Secretariat, the Permanent Missions, academia and foundations in five areas of activities

  • Dissemination/communication
  • Political and diplomatic linking
  • Academic interplay
  • Research and Policy
  • Institutional Development

For more details about UNU’s five focus areas, please click here: (

Additional Responsibilities

The Junior Professional Fellows will also be responsible for general office work and administrative support, building UNU-ONY’s database of experts, as well as assisting in the recruitment process of Junior Professional Fellows for the following session.

Qualifications required for Junior Professional Fellows:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced level of English (spoken and written)
  • Ability to work with a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Knowledge of at least two official UN languages desirable (preferably French or Spanish)
  • Master’s degree within relevant subjects preferred

How to apply:

Step 1: Complete the application form that can be found here

Step 2: Collect the following application materials

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter
  • 1-3 page writing sample in English
  • 1-3 page writing sample in another language, preferable in French, Spanish or other UN official languages
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably to be sent directly to UNU-ONY by e-mail at [subject line: "Reference letter - candidate's first and last name"]
  • Scanned version of the complete form (signed and stamped) from your nominating institution. This form is applicable to candidates seeking internship as part of their current studies. This form can be downloaded below.

Step 3: Submit all application materials (except the reference letters, which are to be sent separately) in a single email to [subject line: Application - Junior Professional Fellow].If you are seeking this internship as part of your current studies, please submit this academic nomination form duly filled by your university.Please email them as attachments to the UNU Office at: [subject line: Junior Professional Fellowships].