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
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 UNFCCC
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 to
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 to firstname.lastname@example.org
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