Internships with the UN Global Compact

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

  1. Making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of business strategy and operations everywhere; and
  2. 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:

  • Spring: April to June 2024 (3 months)
  • Summer: July to September 2024 (3 months)
  • Fall: October to December 2024 (3 months)
  • Winter: January to March 2025 (3 months)

NOTE: Please do NOT plan or initiate any travel or report to UNHQ until you are told to report in writing. We also ask that you be prepared to work remotely for the duration of your internship.


  • 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 via 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 New York Global Compact Internship Job Opening is: 228668. Applications will be accepted from 19 February 2024 to 19 March 2024. To directly access this application and apply now, please CLICK HERE.

The Programmes Team covers the following thematic areas: Anti-Corruption, Climate, Communication on Progress (CoP), Gender, Human Rights, Labour Rights and Decent Work, Ocean, Programme management, Sustainable Finance, Transformational Governance, and Water.

With the aim of creating a more diverse workforce, due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting candidates on as wide a geographical basis as possible.

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