Rolling basis

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. Interns and trainees will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The currently available Internship/Traineeship position is the French and/or Spanish Mother-tongue Internship/Traineeship for Summer and Fall of 2018. The Internship/Traineeship is in the Public Finance and Trade Programme. The Intern/Trainee will be based in Geneva, Switzerland full-time for 6 months, spending 40 hours per week at UNITAR offices in Geneva.


Interns and Trainees are not financially remunerated. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, and living expenses are the responsibilities of trainee/intern and their sponsoring institutions.


The general requirements for UNITAR interns are that candidates have to be university students enrolled in graduate studies (university degree or higher) or post-graduate studies. Applicants for traineeships must have completed their graduate studies (university degree or higher) or post-graduate programmes.

For this specific internship/traineeship, UNITAR is looking for people with strong research and writing skills, possessing an academic and/or professional background in finance, trade, business administration, marketing, communications, training or a related field. Applicants’ mother-tongue must be French and/or Spanish, with good knowledge in English an advantage. They must possess excellent oral and written communications skills and strong organizational skills with the ability to pay attention to details and to work with extended and remote teams.


Applications are to be sent via email. Applications are accepted all year round for spontaneous applications.

Application for the current opening is to be made via email by 29 June 2018.

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