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EU at the UN

The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

Summary: European Union Employment Opportunities, New York


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INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS for EU Delegations have been revised.  See the latest update

The EU is offering (part-time) internships to university students (Bachelor, Master or PhD), who, in the framework of an agreement with a local university, undertake a compulsory or recommended training period as part of their course and are already residing in the place of training.

We can also accept trainees receiving financial support from a university or another institution but located elsewhere in the world, for example from ENA (French National School of Administration) or KSAP (Polish National School of Public Administration). Other institutions could be, for example, States’ public administrations, at national or regional level, independent universities, or research organisations that do not set out to make profits for redistribution or are part of the public sector as defined in the national law of that employer.

All nationalities can apply. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation and living expenses must be borne by either the intern or the sponsoring institution. The Delegation is not in the position to offer financial compensation to interns.

Students under a F1 visa would be required to provide a letter from their university stating that the internship must fulfil the educational objectives of the current degree program, along with a copy of the I-20 form.

The duration of the internship program would be between 4 and 12 months and would usually start on 1 September and 1 January (with flexibility). Regular working hours would be 9.00-18.00 during working days and the internships would in principle be full time (40 hours a week); however working hours could be adjusted to students’ schedule and course work (classes/exams etc.) and part-time internships can therefore be accommodated.

The execution of the internship shall not give rise to contractual obligations by the EEAS and/or EU Delegation. Selected candidates would have to provide proof of comprehensive medical and accident insurance valid in the USA and Canada for the duration of the internship (covering hospitalization, surgery, and repatriation, if necessary).

Selection of successful candidates will be done on the basis of a comparative examination of the applications received for the cycle in question.  Successful candidates will normally be notified at least 3 months before the beginning of the period for which they have been accepted.

Substantive working areas

The program offers interns the opportunity to follow the various activities of the Delegation in UN bodies, such as the Security Council, the General Assembly and its various committees, the Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies and the Peacebuilding Commission.

In close consultation with the candidate and the academic institution, a suitable portfolio will be identified within one of the following teams:

(1) Political Section;

(2) Second Committee (Trade, Development, Social Affairs) Section;

(3) Human Rights & Humanitarian Section;

(4) Coordination Press & Public Diplomacy Section;

(5) Budget & Management Section, and

(6) the Legal Section.

The respective team leaders of those sections will perform as daily supervisors.

What will you do?

As an intern you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the work of the EU Institutions, the EU Delegation and the United Nations;
  • Learn more about the relationship between the EU and the UN, and the intergovernmental decision-making process in a multilateral context;
  • Attend EU coordination meetings with the EU Member States;
  • Attend formal and informal meetings at the United Nations;
  • Draft reports to EU Headquarters and EU Member States, background research, drafting speaking points etc;
  • Participate and organize EU side-events in the UN-context;
  • Assist high-level EU officials on mission to NYC.

Requirements to apply:

  • Be a matriculated student at an accredited US college/university;
  • Hold a valid passport (no nationality restrictions) with valid visa, green card (if not a US citizen);
  • Be fluent in English; knowledge of French would be an asset;
  • Be computer literate.

All application documents must be submitted in English and include:

  • Resume;
  • Letter of motivation;
  • Letter of recommendation from a current/former professor (or employer).

For more information contact the Internship Coordinator at


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