Internships at UNU Headquarters


The purposes of the United Nations University (UNU) Internship Programme are

  1. to promote interaction and dialogue between young scholars and UNU
  2. to provide support to activities within the UNU Centre
  3. to familiarize interns with the research work and related activities of the UNU

Criteria for Selection

The criteria for selection of interns are the following:

  1. Qualifications and expertise relevant to the UNU in any one or more of its activities: Degree required: Bachelor or equivalent in fields related to the function, such as international relations, political science, geography, environmental studies
  2. Candidates should request referee(s) to supply confidential letter(s) in support of their applications directly to the UNU
  3. For non-Japanese nationals, appropriate visa is required

Procedure for Application

Applicants who are interested in doing an internship at the UNU in Tokyo should submit a duly completed application form (provided at right as a downloadable file) accompanied by brief curriculum vitae and covering letter to the Chair of the Internship Committee of the UNU (Fax: +81 3 3499-2828, e-mail:

Applications are considered four times a year, at the end of January, April, July and October.


The duration of the internship will be at least three months with a maximum duration limited to six months.

Office Space and Facilities

Interns will be provided office space and facilities as appropriate for their work and will have free access to the UNU Library.

Conditions Governing the United Nations University Internship Programme

The University cannot offer any financial assistance for the internship.

  1. That the United Nations University will not pay successful applicants for their internship and that all the expenses connected with it must be borne by the intern or their sponsoring Government or institution;
  2. That the United Nations University accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship and that interns must, therefore, provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan;
  3. Interns themselves are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to the United Nations University in Tokyo.

Interns undertake the following obligations with respect to the United Nations University Internship Programme:

  1. To conduct themselves at all times in a manner compatible with their responsibilities as the holder of a United Nations University Internship;
  2. To keep confidential any and all unpublished information made known to them by the accepting Office during the course of the internship and not to publish any reports or papers on the basis of information obtained during the programme, except with the explicit authorization of the United Nations University;
  3. To provide written notice in case of illness or other unavoidable circumstances which might prevent them from completing the internship;
  4. To complete an internship evaluation report as appropriate at the end of the internship and to submit it to the Supervising Officer;
  5. To return all library materials prior to the last day of internship;
  6. To return the identification card to the relevant Officer on the last day of internship.


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