Internships with the UN Global Compact In USA

New York: The UN Global Compact offers internship opportunities in its New York office. The UN Global Compact pursues two complementary objectives:


  • Making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and
  • Facilitating cooperation among key stakeholders by promoting partnerships and other collective action in support of UN goals.



Depending on their level of experience and training, UN Global Compact interns will:


  • Conduct research relating to the topic of corporate sustainability, especially on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption;
  • Draft and edit publications, papers and other documents;
  • Liaise with Global Compact stakeholders on key corporate sustainability topics;
  • Support the organization of meetings and events;
  • Assist with outreach activities;
  • Handle email and other inquiries;
  • Perform administrative tasks as assigned.

Learn more about different teams you could join in the Global Compact!


Duration and Period:


Internships with the UN Global Compact are available for a duration of three to six months. The timing of internships is flexible. We encourage candidates to apply for the following sessions:


  • Winter: January to March (3 months, with the possibility of a 3-month extension thereafter)
  • Spring: April to June (3 months, with possibility of a 3-month extension thereafter)
  • Summer: July to September (3 months, possibility of 3-month extension thereafter)
  • Fall: October to December (3 months, possibility of 3-month extension thereafter)


Please note that internships at UN Headquarters are unpaid. Interns must therefore be able to cover their costs of travel, accommodation, as well as living expenses during the internship period.




  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme (bachelors or second university degree, or higher) at the time of application and during the internship; or
  • Under some circumstances, applicants may have graduated within less than one year to commence a UN internship.

Learn more about the eligibility criteria for internships with UN headquarters.


How to Apply:


Those interested in pursuing an internship with the UN Global Compact must submit an online application at the UN Careers website.

Scroll down to the bottom of the homepage to the “Search Job Openings” section and select “Internship” under the Category field, and “New York” under the Duty Station field. Click on the Search button. This will lead you to a list of various internship openings. You will need to search for the UN Global Compact internship by Job Opening ID Number.


The Global Compact Internship Job Opening Numbers are:


JO 116057: internship with the Communications and Events team
JO 116060: internship with the Outreach and Participant Relations team
JO 116061: internship with the Programmes team
JO 116063: internship with the Chief of Staff team
JO 116065: internship with the Global Operations team
JO 118528: internship with the Intergovernmental Relations & Africa team

Candidates are strongly recommended to pay attention to the job opening number to make sure that their applications reach the UN Global Compact Office.


Application Deadline:


The application deadlines for upcoming sessions are as below:

Fall 2019 (October-December): 28 June - 16 August 2019

Due to a large number of applications received, only accepted interns will be notified a few weeks before the beginning of the session or within 4 weeks after each session's application deadline.