Apply for the UNU-INWEH Internship Programme 2017

Apply for the UNU-INWEH Internship Programme 2017

Deadline: Ongoing

Are you a recent graduate or enrolled in a graduate program? Are you interested in making a difference in environmental research and policy? Do you have a commitment towards addressing issues of international importance related to water, environment and health? If so, then the UNU-INWEH Internship Programme could be for you!

UNU-IWEH interns have come from Canada, France, India, Mali, Mexico, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the USA, and elsewhere. They provide interns a chance to work in an international environment and experience first-hand the operations of the United Nations. In this volunteer program, interns interact with staff members and contribute towards UN water research and training projects conducted in developing countries. If you think that the UNU-INWEH Internship Programme could be your next step, please find out if you meet the eligibility requirements and submit an application.

Terms and Conditions

  • There is no fixed start date for internships. Internship start-dates are defined on the basis of the respective programme/project requirements;
  • The duration of the internship will be at least 3 months with a maximum duration of 6 months. Interns are expected to work full time and will be provided office space and facilities as appropriate for their work;
  • UNU-INWEH does not offer any financial assistance for the internship and all candidates are required to indicate means of support for the duration of the internship.


  • Academic Qualifications & Fields of Interest: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in an area relevant to UNU-INWEH’s field of work
  • Languages: Excellent spoken and written English; knowledge of other UN languages is an asset
  • Computer skills: Ability to use office-related software (Microsoft Office) and hardware (PC)
  • Attitude: Awareness and ability to adapt to a multicultural environment and a commitment to international public service are essential. Applicants should demonstrate good communication skills and show initiative and flexibility
  • Availability: The duration of an internship is a minimum of three months (full-time)
  • Insurance: Proof of insurance coverage for the entire period of the internship

Application Process

Interns are recruited through a competitive application process through (1) specific vacancy announcements (listed on the vacancies page) or (2) unsolicited applications (open). Both require a 3-month (minimum) to 6-month (maximum) full-time commitment.

To apply to the UNU-INWEH Internship Programme, complete the following steps:

  • Ensure you satisfy the Eligibility Criteria.
  • Provide all five of the required application documents:
    • A Completed Application Form: Download (MS Word) or (PDF)
    • A Cover Letter
    • A Copy of Your University Transcript
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • For Non-Native English Speakers, a Copy of Your English Language Certification
  • Email or fax your application to the UNU-INWEH Internship Coordinator:
    • Email: [email protected] with the Subject Line: “INTERNSHIP APPLICATION, Your Last Name, Your First Name”)
    • Fax: +1 905 667 5510 with the Cover Page Subject Line: “INTERNSHIP APPLICATION, Your Last Name, Your First Name”)


  • Only complete applications (i.e., containing all five required documents) will be considered.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Your internship application will be considered valid for 12 months from the submission date.
  • If applicants do not receive a response within 12 months of submission, the application has not been retained.

For more information, visit UNU-INWEH Internship Programme.