UNFPA Internship Program For Students And New Graduates

Applications for the UNFPA Internship Program are currently being received. The Internship program is offered to a selected group of students to help them acquire work experience through direct exposure to UNFPA operations.

The United Nations Population Fund (formerly known as United Nations Fund for Population Activities) internship program has been designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of UNFPA work.

Applicants should have the ability to adapt to new environments, work with different people and show their interest in the field of development. Interns’ profiles are matched with the organization’s needs.

Program Details

  • Host institution: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the United States of America.
  • Areas of Work: UNFPA work areas.
  • Number of positions: Not specified.
  • Duration: Not specified.
  • Target group: Open to all nationalities.

UNFPA Internship Program Benefits

Selected applicants who do not receive financial support from an outside party (such as an academic institution, university, government) are eligible to receive a stipend as a contribution towards living expenses.

The stipend is based on the intern’s agreed place of work, which may be different from the duty station of the hiring office in cases of remote arrangements. The stipend is normally paid in local currency at the end of each month.

UNFPA Internship Program Eligibility

Candidates for the internship program are selected competitively from the internship Roster by teams looking to integrate an intern into their work. The profiles of the interns are matched with the needs of the organization. To apply, candidates must meet one of the following requirements at the time of application:

  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree program (such as a master’s program, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  3. Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one year of graduation;
  4. Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program and undertake the internship as part of this program.

A person who is the child or sibling of a UNFPA staff member is not eligible to apply for an internship at UNFPA. An applicant who bears any other family relationship with a UNFPA staff member may be engaged as an intern, provided that they must neither be assigned to the same work unit as the staff member nor be placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member.

Note: All applicants should have written and spoken proficiency in English. Fluency in another UN language like French, Spanish, or Arabic, etc. is an asset.

Required Competencies:

  1. Values:
    • Exemplifying integrity,
    • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
    • Embracing cultural diversity,
    • Embracing change.
  2. Core Competencies:
    • Achieving results,
    • Being accountable,
    • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
    • Thinking analytically and strategically,
    • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships.

Similar opportunities

  1. OECD Internship Program;
  2. Internship Program at FAO (The Food and Agriculture Organization);
  3. United Nations Volunteers Program for All Nationalities.

Application instructions

Interested applicants who would like to apply for this North America opportunity must click on the apply button below to create an account and follow the instructions to submit their applications. When you click on the apply button, you will reach a page where you need to navigate to the bottom of the page, then click on the “Apply Now” button.

Candidates can submit their applications for the UNFPA Internship Program till . For more details, please visit the official page

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