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About United Nations University (UNU)

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge, furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. UNUโ€™s mission is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

For the past four decades, United Nations University (UNU) has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNUโ€™s work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe. http://unu.edu.

About United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH).

UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the designated UN think tank on global health, serving as a policy translation hub for UN member states, agencies and programmes. It was established by a statute adopted by the Council of the United Nations University in December 2005.

The Institute generates policy-relevant analysis by applying a gender lens to inform the development, implementation and evaluation of health programmes. UNU-IIGH also supports the capacity development of local decision-makers and stakeholders to engage effectively with global health challenges within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

About the Internship Programme

The UNU-IIGH internship programme aims to provide young scholars with an opportunity to learn more about the work of UNU-IIGH, as well as gain hands-on experience at a think tank within the UN system.

The internship programme also encourages young scholars to advance their own studies related to global health by contributing to the instituteโ€™s policy-relevant research projects.



Interns are recruited through a competitive application process, and should be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme at the time of application and during the internship. Undergraduate students in the final academic year and recent graduates who have completed a graduate or undergraduate degree programme within two years will also be considered if their research topics are linked to the work of UNU-IIGH.


The candidate:

has excellent research, writing and analytical skills;can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds;demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving;has advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of MS Office applications (familiarity with ICT tools and high level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel are desirable);has a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and more specifically, in the work of the United Nations University.


The duration of the internship is 3 โ€“ 6 months, full time and to be physically based at the duty station.


Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UNU to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.

The monthly amount of the stipend will be determined for each duty station based on the stipend rates in effect. For Kuala Lumpur, the rate is MYR 1,000 per month. The stipend will be paid monthly.

*UNU-IIGH accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of interns or costs arising from accidents and illnesses incurred during the internship. Therefore, interns are requested to provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan for the entire duration of the internship, as well as a declaration or medical certificate of good health.

๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!



Inclusion โ€“ Take action to create an environment of dignity and respect for all, regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, geography, grade, language, nationality, racial identity, religion, sex, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, social origin or any other aspect of identity. Integrity โ€“ Act ethically, demonstrating the standards of conduct of the United Nations and taking prompt action in case of witnessing unprofessional or unethical behaviour, or any other breach of UN standards.Humility โ€“ Demonstrate self-awareness and willingness to learn from others.Humanity โ€“ Act according to the purposes of the United Nations: peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet.


Connect and Collaborate โ€“ Build positive relationships with others to advance the work of the United Nations and work coherently as One UN.Analyse and Plan โ€“ Seek out and use data from a wide range of sources to understand problems, inform decision-making, propose evidence-based solutions and plan action. Deliver Results with Positive Impact โ€“ Hold oneself and others accountable for delivering results and making a positive difference to the people and causes that the United Nations serves. Learn and Develop โ€“ Pursue own learning and development and contribute to the learning and development of others. Adapt and Innovate โ€“ Demonstrate flexibility, agility and the ability to think and act in novel ways.

You may wish to refer to the UN Values and Behaviours Framework for more information.


Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

How to Apply:
To apply to UNU, you will not need an account. Instead, we ask that you:

Apply via the APPLY LINK below; Fill out the Application Form and upload it into the box named โ€œP11 Formโ€; Upload a cover letter outlining your reasons and motivations for applying (as a general rule, please keep your cover letters concisely written - less than 500 words - with proper heading, subject, salutation, date, and punctuation); Upload an updated resume, with contact details, academic record, publications, and past work experiences (include the CV in the same PDF file of the Cover Letter).

Application Deadline: 30 March 2024


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or a competency-based interview, and references.


The successful applicant will be required to sign an Agreement Form that will act as the working contract between the intern and UNU-IIGH for the duration of the internship.
Please note that health insurance is not provided. The successful candidate will be required to submit proof of adequate health insurance coverage for the entire duration of the internship.

Special notice
The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNU but to complement an internโ€™s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Interns do not hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a โ€œstaff memberโ€ as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations and may not represent UNU in any official capacity.

UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply. Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged.

UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

Information about UNU rosters

UNU reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this internship announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this internship cohort for upcoming internships within the next 2 years.

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