United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) Internship Programme

The Joint Inspection Unit has two internship programmes, which provide qualified graduate students with a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the United Nations system, and acquire experience in one of the following fields: evaluation research and information technology (IT). 

The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the internship programme (Research & IT internships):
Background in one of the following fields: evaluation, management, public administration, international law, finance, development economics, international relations, political science as well as other social sciences or other related fields. Candidates with a background in inter-agency coordination, human rights, humanitarian assistance, project and programme fund management, programme and policy analysis, development assistance etc. are also encouraged to apply;
- Fully proficient in web-based research including use of online databases;
- Fluency in English (reading, writing, understanding, speaking); knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset;
- Experienced in the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, including ability to readily prepare tables and charts and maintain and update databases via excel;
- Prior work experience, while useful, is not a prerequisite;
- Advanced Information Technology (IT) skills (for IT internship candidates only).  

- In line with the UN Administrative Instruction on internships (ST/AI/2014/1, 13 January 2014) candidates must at the time of application 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);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
- Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (40 hours per week);
- Maximum duration of internship: six months;
- All internships are unpaid - no benefits are provided whatsoever.


A brief cover letter, writing sample (in English) and the JIU Application form should be sent to JIUInternships@unog.ch

Applications are received and reviewed year-round on a rolling basis depending on the needs of the unit. If a candidate is accepted, s/he will be requested to complete other formalities.

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