UNUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe


UNECE Internship Programme


The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) accepts interns from time to time on an ad hoc basis. The internships are open to graduate or post-graduate students, who have specialized in a field related to UNECE programmes of work, namely: environment, transport, statistics, sustainable energy, trade, timber and forests, housing and land management, population, economic cooperation and integration and gender. Occasionally, the Commission has a need for interns with specific skills and will post those internship opportunities.

Internships are offered without financial remuneration. The United Nations accepts no legal or administrative liability for interns who are not accorded the status of a United Nations staff member. All costs connected with an internship, including travel, accommodation1 and insurance, are borne by the intern or his/her sponsor. An internship carries no expectancy of subsequent employment with the United Nations. Interns are required to submit a certificate of good health and, wherever applicable, to obtain themselves the appropriate visa.

During the performance of his/her assignment with UNECE, an intern shall neither seek nor accept instructions from any government or any authority external to the United Nations. He/she shall not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the proper discharge of the assignment with UNECE. He/she is required to exercise the utmost discretion in all official business: he/she may not communicate to any other person, government or authority, information known to him/her by reason of his/her work with UNECE which has not been made public. Nor shall he/she at any time use such information for private advantage. These obligations do not cease upon completion of the internship. The title rights, copyrights and all other rights whatsoever in any material produced in the course of the internship shall be vested exclusively in UNECE.

The working languages of UNECE are English, French and Russian.

The normal duration of an internship is two to three months and may exceptionally be extended to a maximum of six months.

Upon completion of the internship UNECE will issue an evaluation of the intern’s performance.

Please note that UNECE does not sign any internship agreements with Universities.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for UNECE internship programme, the applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship. Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

Application procedure

Upon acceptance of the above-mentioned conditions, qualified applicants are requested to send the following documents to the Internship Coordinator, preferably by e-mail (interns@unece.org):

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Completed internship application form;
  • Statement of the particular field of activity in which they wish to work together with the dates they are available.

Applications can be sent all year but candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible, especially for the summer period. The applications will be considered by the appropriate divisions of UNECE with a view to matching the applicant’s interests and qualifications with the current UNECE needs. If as a result a meaningful assignment can be devised, an internship will be offered.


E-mail: interns@unece.org


Internship Coordinator
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Palais des Nations, Office 362
CH-1211 Geneva 10


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