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 within the different UNU-EHS academic sections. The underlying principles of the Internship Programme at UNU-EHS are centered 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 a unique and constructive setting for the practical application of capacities acquired through the intern's studies. 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:
to promote interaction and dialogue between young scholars and professionals
to familiarize interns with the activities of UNU-EHS and the work of the United Nations University
to provide opportunities for young scholars to gain in-depth, hands-on experience in a United Nations agency
to contribute to the UNU priority areas
to provide support to activities within UNU-EHS.
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)
The qualifications which will be considered in the application process for specific openings vary and are outlined within the internship announcement, but generally include:
is currently pursuing or has recently completed under- or postgraduate studies (Bachelor’s or Master’s)
has a native or near fluent command of written and spoken English
has excellent research, writing and analytical skills
can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds
demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving
has 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 University.
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.