The objective of the internship programme is to provide a framework through which postgraduate
students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to the UNFCCC secretariat to enhance their
educational experience through practical work assignments. It allows selected candidates to gain
insight into the work of the United Nations and provides assistance and training in various
professional fields.Eligibility requirements
UNFCCC secretariat’s internship programme is coordinated by the Administrative Services
Programme and a designated focal point is responsible for liaising with the relevant substantive
programmes for placement of interns. At the end of an internship period, both the intern and the
staff member acting as his/her supervisor are required to submit an evaluation report to the
designated focal point of the Internship Programme.
i) An undergraduate degree should have been completed with work on a Master degree in progress.
Applicants should therefore be enrolled in a recognized university course of study in fields related
to the work of the UNFCCC secretariat (including economics, environmental sciences, international
law, international relations, natural sciences, political science, human resources and/or public
administration, event management, IT/computer sciences, and communication) at the time of application
and during the entire period of internship.Terms and conditions
ii) Applicants should be able to work in English.
Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into
undergraduate and postgraduate stages should have completed at least four years of study and be a
student at the time of application and during the internship.
a) The normal duration of an internship is two months, which can be extended for an additional period
of two months by mutual consultation and consent. The total duration may exceptionally be extended to
a maximum period of six months when there are special academic requirements or special needs of the
receiving programme.Expenses and medical coverage
b) Applicants may not be related - i.e. spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son - to a
staff member of the UNFCCC secretariat.
c) Upon selection for an internship placement, an ‘Internship Agreement’ is forwarded to
the confirmed candidate for signature and returned together with proof of medical insurance coverage
for the entire duration of the internship. This must be done prior to the agreed starting date.
d) There is no promise of employment either during or upon completion of an internship with the
e) An intern with UNFCCC secretariat is not a staff member of the UNFCCC secretariat, therefore the
privileges and immunities agreed between the UNFCCC secretariat and the host Government do not apply
f) An intern undertakes to conduct himself/herself at all times in a manner compatible with his/her
responsibilities as an intern of the UNFCCC secretariat.
g) The intern is required to keep confidential all unpublished information made known during the
course of the internship, and must not publish any reports or papers on the basis of information
obtained, except with the prior written authorization of the UNFCCC secretariat. These obligations
will not lapse upon the expiration of the internship period.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the UNFCCC secretariat. Costs and arrangements for travel,
visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his/her sponsoring
The UNFCCC secretariat accepts no responsibility for medical insurance for the intern or for any
costs arising from accidents and/or illness during the internship period. Applicants are required to
provide evidence of adequate medical insurance coverage.
The UNFCCC secretariat is not responsible for any claims by an intern or third party in the case of
loss or damage to property, or death or personal injury as a result of actions or omissions on the
part of the intern during the internship period.
Applications from prospective interns to one of the advertised vacancies are to be sent
and should refer to the
vacancy in the subject line and include:
• A Curriculum Vitae;
• A cover letter stating the motivation and intended goals to be achieved if selected for an
internship with UNFCCC.