UNU-IAS Internship Programme

UNU-IAS offers opportunities for highly qualified applicants to work as full-time interns contributing to the institute’s research projects. Interns are recruited through a competitive application process. Students or recent graduates interested in the work of the United Nations, and in particular UNU, are encouraged to apply.


The UNU-IAS Internship Programme aims to provide young scholars with an opportunity to learn more about the work of UNU-IAS and UNU, as well as gain hands-on experience at a think tank within the UN system. The internship programme also encourages young scholars to advance their own studies related to sustainability by contributing to the institute’s policy-relevant research projects.


Interns should be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme at the time of application and during the internship. Undergraduate students and recent graduates will also be considered if their research topics are linked to the work of UNU-IAS.


UNU-IAS internships are for three months, with the possibility of extension for up to a maximum of six months. Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis during normal office hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), Monday to Friday.


Interns are not financially remunerated by UNU-IAS. Costs and arrangements for insurance, visas, transportation, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibilities of interns and/or their sponsoring institutions.

*UNU-IAS accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of interns or costs arising from accidents and illnesses incurred during an internship. Therefore, interns are requested to provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan, as well as a declaration or medical certificate of good health.

Application Procedure

Applicants should apply for specific internship positions by submitting the following documents:

a curriculum vitae,

a cover letter describing career goals and reasons for applying, and

an Internship Application Form. (Please be sure to indicate the name of the research project to which you are applying, in question #3 of the Application Form.)

Please note that some internship positions may require applicants to submit additional documents.

Application materials should be emailed to the Internship Programme Coordinator at

Only those candidates who are shortlisted for each position will be contacted.

Current Vacancies

Any available vacancies are listed below, indicating the UNU-IAS research project(s) that is/are currently offering internships. Please read the terms of reference for each position carefully, and submit the required application documents by the specified deadline.

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