Our Goals

The Fair Internship Initiative advocates for the following goals:

Equal and fair representation of interns at the United Nations

    • Take appropriate affirmative action to ensure balanced and fair representation of youth from developing and least developed countries, and from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds


Establishment of an intern living allowance

    • Provide monthly stipend to interns, if they are not funded by a university or other institution, to cover basic living expenses (accommodation, food, transport) for particular duty station


Establishment of a UN Intern Focal Point who will:

    • Maintain intern focal point network by coordinating with intern focal points across UN missions and agencies
    • Implement comprehensive intern tracking system (from candidate to staff member status)
    • Monitor the diversity of intern intake in terms of country of origin and socio-economic background 
    • Provide comprehensive information regarding visa, banking, housing, and health insurance (informally and via yearly updated Internship Handbook)
    • Share knowledge with potential candidates regarding institutions that provide funding during recruitment process
    • Ensure supply of necessary work equipment (desk, computer, email address, access to office supplies)
    • Create partnerships with universities globally, attracting diverse individuals from variety of socioeconomic backgrounds
    • Organize career development sessions and intern social events