About the Internship Programme at UNU-EHS
The United Nations
University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn recruits
highly qualified applicants to work as interns at the different UNU-EHS
academic sections. Interns are recruited through a competitive application
process through specific vacancy announcements or unsolicited applications for
a minimum period of three months and a maximum period of six months. Students or
recent graduates interested in the work of the United Nations and in particular
the United Nations University are encouraged to apply.
principles of the Internship Programme at UNU-EHS are centred on creating a
dynamic, challenging and rewarding experience for students and recent graduates.
Successful candidates will contribute to the work of UNU-EHS, UNU in Bonn and
the UN System as a whole. The programme provides opportunities for the
development of new skills and knowledge and is an unique and constructive
setting for the practical application of capacities acquired through the
The programme places
a strong emphasis on the training, guidance and hands-on experience that form
the foundation of a successful and beneficial internship. Interns will gain valuable
skills and background knowledge through their designated work assignments in
the different working areas of UNU-EHS. The knowledge and practical experience
gained will also be beneficial to those candidates seeking a career in the
United Nations. Interns can further expect to gain valuable work experience
while contributing in meaningful ways to the mission of the University.
The purpose of the UNU-EHS
Internship Programme is:
The UNU-EHS Internship Programme accepts interns
to work in different areas of the four academic sections of UNU-EHS for a period
of three to six months. Interns are selected throughout the running calendar
Please download the application form
to apply for an internship at UNU-EHS.
Interns work full time during the regular
working hours of the University: 9:00–17:00, Monday to Friday. Weekends and
official UNU holidays are days off. Interns are provided office space and
facilities as appropriate for their work. Interns at UNU-EHS also enjoy free access
to the in-house and electronic library and have the unique opportunity to learn
about, contribute to and provide assistance in the organization of conferences,
lectures and academic forums and symposiums that take place throughout the
Interns at UNU-EHS have the opportunity to engage in a number of
ongoing initiatives that provide an unique window into the working processes of
the University. In broad terms, interns gain insight into and contribute to the
priority areas of the four UNU-EHS academic sections listed below:
Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation Section (EMSVSA)
Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section (VARMAP)
& Energy Security Section (EVES)
Educational Capacities for Human Security Section (EGECHS)
which will be considered in the application process include, but are not
limited to, the following. The ideal candidate
is currently pursuing or has recently completed under- or postgraduate studies (Bachelor’s or Master’s), preferably in a field
related to the University’s priority areas as set forth in its Strategic
native or near fluent command of written and
excellent research, writing and analytical
establish and maintain effective working
relations with people from diverse backgrounds
resourcefulness and creativity in
has advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of
standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.)
has a demonstrated interest in the work of the
United Nations and more specifically, in the work of the United Nations
You must be able to obtain the necessary visa and to arrange your travel to the United Nations Campus in Bonn Germany.
Application requirements vary for each single case. If you are uncertain about visa requirements and your eligibility, please contact your local German embassy or consulate directly.
Listing of German Embassies / Consulates Abroad here.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that you already have permission to reside for the duration of your internship in Germany and do not need to apply for a visa in order to attend the internship. The United Nations University neither has the authority, nor the information to give legal advice on visa applications. Moreover the United Nations University cannot intervene in cases where a visa application has been denied.
The visa process normally takes between 2-4 weeks depending on the country of origin. An offer of internship to a successful candidate is by no means a guarantee of a successful visa issued by the German government or other Schengen country.
For helpful information and advice, please consult the following websites:
Germany Entry Requirements
Schengen, Borders & Visas
You must be able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, as well as living expenses for the full duration of your internship. The United Nations University does not provide funding nor reimbursement.
If selected, you must be able to prove that you have valid medical insurance coverage for the duration of your internship stay in Germany.