UNU 2024 Junior Fellows Internship Program Tokyo

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Applications are currently being accepted for the United Nations University Junior Fellows Internship Programme. The Office of the Rector at the United Nations University in Tokyo seeks highly qualified candidates to serve as Junior Fellows. These positions are filled through a competitive application process held twice a year. Graduate students with an interest in the United Nations, particularly UNU, are encouraged to apply.

The Junior Fellows Internship Programme at the Office of the Rector is designed to offer a vibrant, stimulating, and fulfilling opportunity for graduate-level students and young professionals. Accepted candidates will play a significant role in advancing the objectives of the Office of the Rector, the United Nations University, and the wider UN system. The programme offers opportunities for skill and knowledge development, providing a valuable platform for applying capacities acquired through graduate studies.


Candidates for the internship programme should possess the following qualifications, among others:

  • Currently pursuing or recently completed postgraduate studies (master’s or doctoral), preferably in a field related to the University’s work
  • Applicants must be under 32 years old at the time of submitting their application.
  • Less than 5 years of work experience in their related field
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English at a native or fluent level is required.
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with diverse backgrounds
  • Resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving
  • Advanced computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (familiarity with ICT tools and advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel are desirable)
  • Demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and specifically in the work of the United Nations University


  • Interns who do not receive financial support from other sources, such as universities or institutions, will receive a stipend from UNU to partially cover their basic living costs during the internship.
  • The monthly stipend amount is determined for each duty station based on prevailing rates.
  • Stipends are paid monthly and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

Contract Duration: The internship period spans approximately 4 months, equivalent to 16 weeks.

Projected Start Date: August 12, 2024

Projected End Date: December 20, 2024

Application Process

To apply for a position at UNU, you do not need to create an account. Instead, please follow these steps:

  • Application: Submit your application through the provided link.
  •  Respond to specific questions tailored to the position.
  • CV: Attach a current, comprehensive CV in English (to be uploaded where indicated for the P11 Form). Your CV should not exceed two single-sided pages.
  • Cover Letter: Include your Cover Letter (in English) as instructed, expressing your interest in and suitability for the position. Your cover letter should be no longer than one single-sided page and should address the following: i. your reasons for applying to the programme; ii. how you believe you can contribute to the work at the Office of the Rector; iii. how this programme aligns with your future career aspirations.
  • Application Form: Complete the Application Form and upload it via the provided link. You may fill out the form using MS Word or print it and complete it by hand.
  • Funding Form: Complete the Funding Form and upload it via the provided link. This form should detail the source, amount, and duration of any actual and/or anticipated funding while in Tokyo.
  • Letters of Recommendation and Recommendation Form

For Further Details,

Application Deadline: May 10, 2024.

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