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INTERNSHIP AT UNITAR (start date August 1) | Diplomacy Opportunities

The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme (MDP) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) maintains an internship/traineeship programme for students/recent graduates interested in gaining professional experience in a multicultural environment and enhancing their understanding of the United Nations system.

MDP designs and delivers the Institute’s core diplomacy training (CDT), consisting primarily of orientation briefings and short, intensive skills development workshops which benefit cumulatively some 2,500 diplomats yearly at the United Nations Headquarters and other venues where the Organization maintains a significant presence.

Parallel to CDT, MDP develops and delivers training activities at country and regional levels in close partnership with governments, universities and selected international organizations. MDP’s activities also include e-Learning courses; special projects, advisory services related to the curriculum development of diplomatic academies; and the development of other training tools and publications.

MDP welcomes qualified candidates interested to work for a period of four to six months, on an unpaid basis, at UNITAR headquarters in Geneva. They will receive a monthly lump-sum of 100 CHF to cover transportation.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should, as a minimum, either be enrolled in or hold a university-level qualification (Bachelors degree, licence or other) either in international relations, education, history, law, political science, languages or a related subject.

Please note that the status of intern is granted to candidates still enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate programme, while candidates having completed their education are considered as trainees.

Candidates should also have: demonstrated interest in training methodologies; ability to write in a clear and concise manner; analytical and research skills; administrative and organizational skills to assist in the organization of training activities; computer skills (to deal with e-learning tools, word processing, excel, power point, internet search, etc.) and a high level of individual responsibility, commitment and initiative. Candidates should furthermore have an interest in participatory training methodologies and instructional design, as well as being motivated to work with monitoring and evaluation.

Dates and Duration

Start date: August 2016

Duration: four to six months. The internship/traineeship programme is normally on a full-time basis and interns/trainees are expected to work five days a week. Requests for part-time arrangements are possible, and should be agreed before the start of the internship/traineeship.


Excellent knowledge in both oral and written French and English are required. Knowledge of other UN working languages are an advantage.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter to with the following subject line: “UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme: Internship/Traineeship –Training opportunity”. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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  1. Hello.
    I like to take part your activities and test my ability by providing my potential energy .so I request you to guide me please.


  2. Hello!
    Please do inform and notify me of other opportunities available with the United Nations generally.
    Thank you.


    • Yes Josiah! Make sure you follow @DiplomacyOpp on twitter and enter your email at the end of our blog to ensure you constantly get them as we post. Do let us know if you have more questions.
      Thank you


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