GENEVAI-1 Internship




Core Value

Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

General Information

Completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include:- Title of degree you are currently pursuing.- Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme).- IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.- Top three areas of interest.- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship. - Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme. In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.


This internship is located in the Protocol and Liaison Unit, Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva.

The internship is for a minimum period of three (3) months and for a maximum duration of (6) months.

This internship is full-time and unpaid. The intern will work five days per week directly with the Chief of Protocol and the Senior Protocol Assistant. During off-peak periods, the intern will assist staff in other Units of the Office of the Director-General (Front Office, Political Affairs and Partnerships Section and the NGO Liaison Unit).


The intern’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Respond to e-mail and telephone enquiries;
- Enter and classify data and organize documents, materials and other resources;
- Assist with logistical preparations for various special events;
- Assist in drafting and preparing documents/correspondence;
- Research, analyze and compile information;
- Attend meeting as and when requested;
- Liaise with various UNOG entities when required;
- Compile statistics and prepare draft article(s) for the UNOG annual report;
- Perform other duties as requested.


Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients's point of view.


Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, applications are encouraged to list all relevant work experience in their UN Personal History Profile (PHP).


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:- Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation; Be computer literate in standard software applications;- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter, especially relating to international cooperation and international organizations and the history of the League of Nations and of the United Nations; and- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and French is required for the internship. Knowledge of any additional official UN language is an asset.