The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Internship Programme is in no way connected with selection for employment at the United Nations and, as per applicable United Nations policy, there is no expectancy of employment following an internship. Interns wishing to be considered for employment with the United Nations, even if otherwise fully qualified, are not eligible to apply, or be appointed to, positions at the Professional level and above carrying international recruitment status during the period of their internship or for the six month period immediately following the expiration date of the internship. It should also be noted that entry-level Professional posts reserved for external recruitment are filled through national competitive examinations organized each year in a selected number of Member States.

This information note covers the internship programme administered at ESCWA by the Human Resources Management Section, Administrative Services Division. Other offices of the United Nations Secretariat worldwide, as well as United Nations funds, programmes and specialized agencies may also offer internship programmes. Interested applicants should contact those offices directly for information.



The purpose of the programme is to provide a framework by which graduate and postgraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to ESCWA, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments in the economic, social and administrative fields; to expose them to the work of a United Nations regional commission; and to provide ESCWA with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.


The duration of an ESCWA internship is normally two months on a full time basis - this may be exceptionally extended for a maximum period of six months. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the respective Division.


The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the ESCWA Internship Programme:

1.     Applicants are enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship;

2.     Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

3.     The area of study of the prospective intern is related to the functional areas of ESCWAs programme of work and administration.


Individuals who are interested in pursuing an internship at ESCWA should log on to: http://careers.un.org.


Interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to the internship.

ESCWA accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates must sign a statement to this effect.

Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit authorization of ESCWA.

Queries on the Internship Programme may also be sent to this email


or directed to HRMS at telephone No. +961-1-978-307


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