UN Youth Volunteers and UN internships

Each year the FDFA finances more than 10 placements at UN Youth Volunteers. Switzerland does not fund internships at the UN. If you are interested, apply to the UN directly.

The SDC and the FDFA's Human Security Division (HSD) finance around 15 placements within the UN Youth Volunteers programme every year. This gives Swiss university graduates the chance to gather initial professional experience working for the UN.

Minimum requirements are a master's degree (completed by the time of application) and from two to three years professional experience including up to one year spent abroad. Candidates must have Swiss citizenship and be under 29 years of age.

If you are selected for the UN Youth Volunteers programme you will spend one year in one of the SDC's or HSD's priority countries working in a UN organisation. The placements are advertised in August/September and assigned to candidates the following February.

UN Youth Volunteers Programme

Internships at international organisations

The UN offers internships for advanced students at the organisation's main sites. You can apply by going to the UN's recruitment site, Inspira.

UN Careers

Students interested in doing an internship at one of the UN agencies should contact the organisation directly for information.

Other UN and international organisations offer internships in addition to the organisations under the UN Secretariat. If you are interested, apply directly to the organisation in question.

Internships at the UN

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