UNITAR Internship and Traineeship Programme 990 views



Type of Funding

Not funded




The Internship and Traineeship Programmes at the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) allow individuals from diverse academic backgrounds and specialized in various professional fields to be assigned for 1 to 6 months (interns) or 3 to 12 months (trainees) to UNITAR Programmes where their educational experience and skills can be enhanced through practical work assignments. Assignments are usually on a full-time basis but part-time arrangements may be agreed upon. Spontaneous applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but from time to time specific vacancies will be posted on the UNITAR website.

The currently posted vacancies are:

  • Traineeship – “Graphic Design and Communications” in UNITAR Division for Peace: 6-month assignment in Geneva, Switzerland, starting 10 June 2019.
  • Instructional Designer – Internship/Traineeship: 6-month full-time assignment in Geneva, Switzerland.


Traineeship – “Graphic Design and Communications”: a monthly stipend will be given.

Instructional Designer – Internship/Traineeship: This is a non-remunerated position but a monthly transportation allowance of CHF700 will be provided by UNITAR.


The general requirements for UNITAR interns are that candidates can be any of the following:

  • University students enrolled in full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree; or enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (university degree or higher) or post-graduate programme at the time of application and during the internship;
  • Those enrolled in a post-secondary institution other than a university or equivalent institution at the time of application and during the internship; or
  • Those who have completed their studies at a post-secondary institution other than a university or equivalent institution and obtained the respective certificate or diploma and are enrolled in full-time or part-time studies at the time of the application and during the internship.

Traineeship – “Graphic Design and Communications”: Applicants should be enrolled in or have completed an undergraduate or a graduate programme in graphic design, communications, marketing, journalism, international relations, social science or a related subject. They must be proficient in graphic design and video production software and able to draft engaging messages for social media. They need to have the following qualities: proactiveness, dynamism, creativity, diligence and professional commitment. They have to be interested in international relations, United Nations and sustainable development. They should have an advanced knowledge of English; knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic will be an asset.

Instructional Designer – Internship/Traineeship: Applicants should Knowledge of Course Authoring Tools such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Illustrator and an academic background or history in education, communications, instructional/graphic design, marketing, training or related field. Those with experience in instructional design and adult learning methodologies are preferred. Applicants must have excellent oral and written communications skills in English and Spanish and possess strong organizational, analytical, and technical skills. They have to work in a multicultural environment with extended/remote teams and a high level of individual responsibility and commitment is required.


Applications are to be sent via email by 12 May 2019 for the Traineeship – “Graphic Design and Communications” and by 15 May 2019 for Instructional Designer – Internship/Traineeship. Applications are accepted all year round for spontaneous applications for internships.

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