2021 Internship Programme

31 December 2021

Ankara, Turkey

(Please note: Internship applications are evaluated based on UNFPA Turkey programme needs throughout the year) 

Objective: The Internship Programme offers a small group of university students, students in a similar educational programme or university graduates the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to the work of UNFPA. It is intended to complement primarily development-oriented studies or studies in related fields with practical experience. By working under the supervision of a UNFPA staff member, interns may gain a more profound understanding of United Nations development assistance, especially in the field of population and development, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and gender.

Qualifications: The background of any applicant for an internship should be matched with the requirements of the Fund. Priority will be given to Turkish nationals. Interns should meet the following requirements:

-          Active enrollment in or completion of a university or similar educational programme;

-          Expressed interest in the field of development;

-          Written and spoken proficiency in English

-          Full computer literacy (Microsoft Applications)

-          Ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.

Duration: The duration of the internship is normally for two months and available throughout the year. It may be extended up to six months subject to the availability and academic requirements of the intern as well as the needs of UNFPA Country Office.

Status and duties: Interns are not staff members of UNFPA. The intern does not enjoy the privileges and immunities accorded to the United Nations and its officials. Interns shall not represent UNFPA in any official capacity. Interns shall refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on UNFPA or the United Nations and will not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations.

Financial Aspects & Medical Coverage: UNFPA internships are performed strictly on a non-remunerative basis. The intern must make his/her own arrangements concerning all expenses associated with the internship, including living expenses and travel costs. The intern is personally responsible for and must provide proof of adequate and regular medical insurance and must maintain such insurance during the internship. UNFPA is not responsible for any illness, injury, accident or death incurred during or in connection with the internship, or any costs associated with such events.

Employment Prospects: The UNFPA internship is not connected with employment and does not give rise to any expectancy of future employment. Interns with UNFPA shall not be eligible for recruitment as a staff member within a 3 month period following the conclusion of the internship. Interns cannot apply for UNFPA posts during the period of internship.

Instructions for Applicants: Please review carefully the criteria for internship which are outlined above. UNFPA Turkey Country Office strictly adheres to these criteria. Applicants interested in an internship should submit a United Nations Personal History Form (P-11) (attached above) and an Application Form (attached above) to the following e-mail: