Internship Programme

The UNCTAD Internship Programme is intended for students who at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); 
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
  3. Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above), whom if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

Internships are intended to promote a better understanding of trade and development issues among students and to provide them with insight into how UNCTAD attempts to find solutions to these problems. Internships are not remunerated. The acquisition of the necessary visas, travel costs and arrangements, and living accommodation are the responsibility of the interns or their sponsoring institutions.

Successful candidates should be able to provide proof of enrolment in an appropriate degree programme, proof of medical insurance coverage (valid in Switzerland), and a certificate of good health.

Interested students can apply to the specific internship announcements through the United Nations careers portal, and follow the instructions in the Internship Applicant’s Manual.

For further information on internship conditions please see the administrative instruction on the United Nations Internship Programme.

Pre-recruitment documents:

Prior to arrival Guide - This guide will lead you through your upcoming internship in UNCTAD. It will provide you with useful information concerning the organization, your internship as well as your stay in Geneva.

For any specific enquiry regarding the programme, please contact