Internship Application Procedure
The application process is conducted
in two stages. Instructions for each stage are detailed below. In principle, a
candidate may submit an application at any time indicating the preferred
working area or by responding to a specific internship vacancy announcement of UNU-EHS.
The first stage of the application
process is designed to measure the applicant’s motivation and background and
assess how the applicant’s qualifications meet the criteria for selection.
Stage 1 requires submission of the documents listed below:
and complete the
application form. The form may be completed using MS Word or printed and filled
in by hand
Address your letter to the
attention of the Internship Coordinator, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). Your
cover letter should include the following:
your motivations for applying to the programme
how you feel you may contribute to the work being done at UNU-EHS
how this programme relates to your future career goals.
Provide detailed descriptions
of education history, work history and leadership or extracurricular
activities. Use your CV to present, in further detail, the education and
work history listed in the application form.
Two letters of recommendation.
Arrange for two letters of recommendation from
referees who are familiar with your character and who have agreed to write a
recommendation on your behalf. UNU reserves the right to contact your referees.
candidates may have difficulty obtaining academic references and it may be more
appropriate to get references from professionals or supervisors. Of the two
referees issuing letters of recommendation, it is expected that at least one is
a professor acquainted with your academic abilities. Referees should not be
family members or friends.
Applicants must provide proof
of fluency in English (e.g., TOEL, IELTS or TOEIC reports) if they do not
meet either of the two following criteria:
the applicant’s native
language is English, or
the applicant is enrolled in a
(under-) graduate programme with English as the medium of instruction.
How to Submit
All documents listed above should be submitted together by the applicant in one of the following methods:
For electronic submissions,
e-mail to the Internship Coordinator of the Vice Rectorate at
(with the subject line
“Internship Application – (Applicant’s Name)”). Attach a scanned copy of
the signed and dated application form, your cover letter, CV, reference
letters and language certification (where applicable).
hard copy submissions, mail documents to the following address:
United Nations University Institute
for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Internship Coordinator,
Hermann-Ehlers-Strasse 10, 53113 Bonn, Germany.
The second stage consists of a face-to-face
(where applicable), telephone or Skype interview which will be arranged in
advance with each short-listed applicant. The purpose of the interview is to
help the Internship Committee better understand the applicant’s motivations,
expectations, and goals vis-à-vis participation in the Internship Programme at UNU-EHS. The interview will also assess the applicant’s
communication skills, interpersonal skills and proficiency in English. Further
details and an appointment schedule will be provided at the closing of Stage 2
by the Internship Coordinator.
Successful applicants will be
required to sign an Internship Agreement Form, which will act as the working
contract between the intern and UNU-EHS for the duration
of the internship. This form will be mailed to those selected to join the
programme. A signed and dated form must be returned to the Internship
Coordinator in order for the application to be complete. Once completed,
selected applicants residing outside of Europe will begin their application for
a German visa. See the
FAQ visa section
for details on this procedure.