International Internship Programme

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    UNU-EHS and UNU-ViE recruit highly qualified applicants to work as interns within the different UNU-EHS academic sections and UNU-ViE administrative units.

    The underlying principles of the internship programme are centered on creating a dynamic, challenging and rewarding experience for students and recent graduates. Successful candidates will contribute to the work of UNU in Bonn and the UN System as a whole.

    The programme provides opportunities for the development of new skills and knowledge. Moreover, it affords interns an opportunity to apply what they have learned in a practical setting. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on training, guidance, networking, and multicultural collaboration. Interns can expect to gain valuable work experience while contributing in meaningful ways to the mission of the University. Furthermore, the introduction to the United Nations system will be beneficial to those candidates seeking a career at an international organization .


    UN University in Bonn recruits highly qualified applicants to work as interns at the different UN University entities in Bonn. Interns are recruited through a competitive application process from specific vacancy announcements or unsolicited applications for a minimum period of three months and a maximum period of six months. Enrolled students or recent graduates interested in the work of the United Nations, and in particular the UN University, are encouraged to apply.

    Note that specific vacancies have certain requirements, which are always outlined within the announcement text.

    Visa Requirements

    You must be able to obtain the necessary visa and to arrange your travel to the UN 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. UNU has neither the authority, nor the information to give legal advice on visa applications. Moreover, UNU 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 countries.

    For helpful information and advice, please consult the following websites:

    Germany Entry Requirements
    Schengen, Borders & Visas

    Travel Costs

    You must be able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, as well as living expenses for the full duration of your internship. UNU does not provide funding nor reimbursement.

    Medical Insurance

    If selected, you must be able to prove that you have valid medical insurance coverage for the duration of your internship stay in Germany.


  • STAGE 1 (Application Submission)

    Interested Applicants must submit:

    • A completed internship application form
    • Résumé/CV in English
    • Motivation/Cover letter: outlining your motivations, possible contributions to the programme and future career goals
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • If applying to a specific internship posting, please quote the reference number in the email subject line

    Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post.

    If applying to a specific internship posting with a clearly stated deadline, application packets must be received by the date of deadline at 23:59 CET (Central European Time).

    STAGE 2 (Interviews)

    If your background matches the needs of the section, you will be shortlisted for the position. Shortlisted candidates will receive an email notification from UNU-EHS/ViE to schedule a date and time for the interview, which will be conducted via Skype or telephone.

    In some cases, when a specific skill is required for a position, shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide additional materials so that this skill may be assessed. For example, testing translation skills.

    STAGE 3 (Acceptance)

    After interviews have been conducted, all those candidates who were interviewed will receive an email notification regarding their application status. Successful candidates will be offered an internship position and contract for the duration of 3 to 6 months.

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    Application / Eligibility Questions

    Duration of Internship

    Financial Questions

    Turning in an Application – What happens next?

    • If I was not shortlisted for the position that I applied for, do I need to re-apply for other openings?
      All internship applications are listed as active based on the availability that the candidates have provided in their application forms. If your qualifications match another opening, you might be contacted for a position that you did not originally apply for. It is also possible to notify us via email that you would like to add your name to the pool of candidates applying to the new opening. Your records will then be updated accordingly.
    • I turned in my application XX days ago, but I have not received any information.
      If you have applied to a specific opening with a deadline and several weeks have passed, it is most likely that the internship position has been filled and you were not contacted because you were not shortlisted for interview. If you sent a general application to UNU-EHS or UNU-ViE, you will only be contacted if your qualifications match with the need of the organization.

    If you have additional questions that are not answered in our FAQ section, please contact us by email.

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