UNESCO internship 2023 for postgraduates is open, accepting applications  

Applications can be submitted for the UNESCO Paid Internship 2023, which is open to all nationalities around the world.

The UNESCO internship program offers students and recent graduates with the opportunity to learn more about UNESCO’s mandate, programs and processes and to improve their academic and technical knowledge through practice.

The UNESCO internship lasts one month and can be extended to six months depending on performance. After completing the internship, you can apply for a job.


  • You must be at least 20 years old to apply. Both males and females are eligible to vote.
  • You should have good oral and written language skills in French or English. For internships in secretarial and assistant positions in the head office, good knowledge of the other language (whether English or French) is an advantage and can even be essential.
  • You are currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree (masters, doctorate or equivalent, second or higher degree)
  • You have obtained a master’s or PhD degree (or a second degree as defined above) within the last 12 months.
  • Applicants for secretarial/assistant or technical-professional positions must be enrolled in a secretarial school or specialized technical-professional institution and be in their final year of study or recent (within the last 12 months) graduation.
  • You should be able to work in a team and adapt to an international work environment.
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*Candidates who have completed their full-time studies but are not enrolled in a graduate program are not eligible to apply.

things to consider

duration: An internship can last a minimum of one month and a maximum of six months.

visas: You are responsible for the appropriate visas.

Travel: You have to plan and pay for your own travel to the internship location.

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Health insurance: Proof of comprehensive health insurance, valid in the country where you are doing your internship and for the entire duration of the internship. UNESCO provides limited insurance coverage up to $30,000 against the risk of illness, disability or death during the internship period.

Medical certificate: A medical certificate should be provided stating that you are fit to work and issued by a qualified medical practitioner. No confidential medical files such as examination results, X-ray films, etc. need to be submitted.

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supporting documents: Before starting the internship, you must present your ID/certificate of enrollment/diploma (if you have just completed your studies).

Leave: Interns are entitled to 2.5 vacation days per month during their internship.

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Please note that applicants do not have to pay a fee.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aims to promote world peace and security through global cooperation in the fields of education, art, science and culture. It was founded in November 1945 in London, United Kingdom. Some 193 nations make up the organization’s membership, along with partners from the non-governmental, intergovernmental and corporate sectors.