Submitting Unsolicited Applications to the UN

One of the easiest ways to get an internship placement at the United Nations is to simply send in your CV and a letter stating why you would like to intern with that particular agency. They may or they may not have internships placements available, but we are sure that they will appreciate your expression of interest and there is a need that they think you can fill, they will contact you! Today we would like to feature one of the lesser known UN agencies, UNFPA – the United Nations Populations Fund – and help you out by providing some details of how to send in an unsolicited application.

UNFPA works with population issues, ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and family planning to improving the lives of youth and women and advancing gender equality. UNFPA collaborate with national governments and NGOs to raise awareness of the above issues and to help support the implementation of programmes that respond to these humanitarian concerns.

If these issues interest you, why not make an unsolicited application to the UNFPA!

UNFPA works in 158 countries globally! Why not write to one of the country office, submit your CV and your expression of interest outlining the skills and attributes you believe can contribute to their team via an internship. Information about each of the country offices can be located on the UNFPA website here. We wish you luck!

Featured UN Internship Openings – Apply Today!

Good morning all!

It’s Wednesday… Hump Day – that middle of the week day where the weekend gone seems far and the weekend to come seems further still. Utilise today to look into some current openings for UN internships and start dreaming ahead to your future as a UN intern! Today we are featuring a few positions open for applications! Can you find the time to apply for one of the below?

Intern to Support the Regional Programme on Empowering Women – UN Women, Regional Office in Bangkok. Click here to find out more.

Intern to assist the French Web Team – UNDP, UN Headquarters, New York City. Click here to find out more.

Intern to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. Click here to find out more.

Intern to support Advocacy and Reporting at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Click here to find out more.

Next week we will be featuring some of the lesser known (and thus less applications received) UN agencies that you can make unsolicited applications to inquire and express your interest in undertaking internships with as well as information on how to finance your internship once you secure your place (with a special insight for our Swedish followers on national funding opportunities).

Keep tuned and all the best with your applications!

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