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Permanent positions:

There are currently no permanent positions available at the Vanuatu Mission to the UN.


The Mission accepts applications for internships on full-time (min. 3 months) or part-time (min. 6 months) basis. The Mission seeks exceptional candidates with the appropriate skills, education and knowledge to contribute to advancing Vanuatu’s national interests in the United Nations. 

September to December

The Mission is particularly looking for interns during the General Assembly, a very important part of the United Nations calendar. During this period interns should expect to attend several formal and informal meetings a day. The daily meetings of the General Assembly and its main committees take place from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 3.00pm to 6.00pm with regional and other groups often meeting in the morning, through the lunch break and at other times throughout the session. Be prepared for a busy schedule and working days that will often extend beyond these set times.

Throughout the year

The Mission also accepts applications for internships throughout the year depending on the depending on the Mission’s work program.

Key requirements:

  • relevant qualifications and/or experience – with preference given to those who have undertaken studies in the areas of political science, international relations, international law, human rights, gender studies, environment and international development;
  • excellent and clear communication skills;
  • strong interpersonal skills with ability to build trustful relationships with colleagues and partners;
  • independent work style and ability to develop and complete projects;
  • problem solving and analytical skills;
  • proven ability to handle high pressure environments; and
  • Desirable:  prior exposure to, or demonstrated knowledge of, the United Nations system as well as policies and priorities of small island developing states within the United Nations.

Organizational information:

Please note that this is an unpaid internship.

Interns are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and health insurance arrangements. The dress code at the United Nations is business formal.

The Mission will assist with visa arrangements.

What we offer:

  • first-hand insights into the working and functioning of the United Nations;
  • possibility to focus on topics of personal interests (e.g. writing an article);
  • an international working environment with the possibility to establish a network with international civil servants working for UN bodies and agencies, as well as people from countries from all over the world.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit:

  • a one-page covering letter indicating policy areas of interest and which elaborates how you fulfill the "Key requirements" outlined above;
  • a CV of no more than two pages; and
  • written references from previous jobs/ internships or names and contact details of two referees.

Please note that responses over the word limits will not be considered.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we may not be able to respond to each individual request. 

Please send applications by using the following format in the subject line [Your Lastname]-[Startdate]-[Enddate]-[Full-time/part-time] (e.g.: Smith-01.10.2017-31.03.2018-Full-time) to: vanunmis@aol.com