FAO Internship Programme 184 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is inviting university students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programmes, to apply for the FAO Internship Programme. The Internship allows talented young women and men who are strongly motivated to share their new perspectives, innovative ideas and latest research experience in FAO’s domains, to supplement their academic knowledge with practical work assignments in a field related to the work of FAO.

The FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger and to support development in member countries in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and forestry. FAO’s mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, improve the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

The intern will be based in FAO’s headquarters in Rome, Italy, for 3 to 11 months, and will be assigned to different fields of work according to his/her profile and to the needs of the Organization.


FAO pays a monthly stipend to interns if they are not sponsored by their universities or other entities.


Applicants must be university students aged 21 to 30, who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme in a bona fide educational institution listed in the International Association of Universities (IAU) or UNESCO data base. Recent graduates also qualify. They must have relevant academic experience in 1 of the fields of the FAO.

Applicants must specialize in a field relevant to the mission and work of FAO and possess working knowledge of at least 1 FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish). Knowledge of a second FAO language is an asset. Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE and LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages.

They have to be nationals of FAO Member Nations. They should be individuals who are able to adapt to an international multicultural environment and possess good communication skills.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non- and under-represented member nations as well as candidates from the global south and Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to apply.

They should have the following core competencies:

  • Results Focused
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Able to Build Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Candidates with family members (defined as brother, sister, mother or father) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement are not eligible.


Applications are to be done online by 31 August 2019.

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