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Internships with the Global Compact

The Global Compact offers internship opportunities in its New York office. The Global Compact Office is the UN entity responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative, including the management of the Global Compact’s name and logo, and the Global Compact Integrity Measures. It pursues two complementary objectives: (1) making the 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.  To promote its 10 principles, the Global Compact also undertakes work on a range of corporate citizenship issues, including business and human rights, anti-corruption, partnerships for development etc. 


Depending on their level of experience and training, interns in the Global Compact Office will:

  • research and analyze relating to the topic of corporate citizenship, 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 citizenship topics;
  • support the organization of meetings and events;
  • assist with outreach activities;
  • handle email and other inquiries;
  • assist in the implementation of the Global Compact’s integrity measures;
  • perform administrative tasks as assigned.

Click here for more information on the specific internship opportunities available with the Global Compact.

Duration and period

Internships in the Global Compact office 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
  • Spring: April to June
  • Summer: Early July to August
  • Fall: September to December

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.  The UN internship office has compiled a list of some possible sources of funding at: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/internsh/htm/funding.htm


  1. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship; or
  2. Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

For more information about the eligibility criteria for internships with UN headquarters, please see: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/internsh/htm/eligibility.htm


Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Familiarity with corporate citizenship/corporate social responsibility and with the activities of the Global Compact is a plus. 

How to apply

Those interested in pursuing an internship with the UN Global Compact must submit an online application to the UN using the following link:

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.

For Spring 2015, the Global Compact Internship Job Opening Number is 41012. Candidates are strongly recommended to pay attention to the job opening number to make sure that their applications reach the UN Global Compact Office.

After you have completed this application, please notify the Global Compact Office (info@unglobalcompact.org) to ensure that your name is placed on the list of potential candidates.

Application Deadline:

The application deadlines for upcoming sessions are as below:

Spring 2015 (April to June 2015): Applications accepted from 24 February 2015 to 24 March 2015.

Due to the 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.