The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the focus of the political process to address Climate Change. The UNFCCC secretariat supports the Convention, its Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement through a range of activities, including substantive and organizational support to meetings of the Parties and the implementation of commitments. It is a dynamic organization working in a politically challenging environment to help resolve one of the defining environmental issues of our time.


The remote internship is for a period of minimum three months to maximum six months.

Minimum requirements

Educational background: Candidates must be enrolled in the last year of an undergraduate degree or in graduate studies at a recognized university at the time of application and for the duration of the internship.

Experience: Prior exposure to another UN organization, Inter-governmental Organization and/or climate change fields is an asset, but not necessary.

Language skills: Candidates must be fluent in English (both oral and written) and have very strong writing, organization and research skills. Spanish writing skills are also an asset.

General requirements: Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); experience in reading technical documentation; attention to detail; strong interpersonal skills.

Computer requirements

For a remote internship, candidates will require a laptop or desktop PC (with Windows 10 or newer) or Mac (with the latest MacOS update), as well as a reliable, high-speed internet connection. An Office 365 license will be provided by the UNFCCC to enable the candidate to access official emails, SharePoint, OneDrive and other office applications, such as Word and Excel.

Further computer requirements: • An antivirus application which receives regular updates; • Browsers must be a newer version with regular updates enabled; • Regular Windows 10 updates should be enabled with Windows laptop or PC.

In addition, a mobile phone will be required to enable Multifactor Authentication (MFA) through SMS or the Authenticator App.

Internship conditions

UNFCCC secretariat internships are not remunerated, and the selected intern will be responsible for all costs before, during and after the internship assignment. Interns of the UNFCCC secretariat are not considered to be staff members. The selected intern will work remotely on a full-time basis (40 hours per week). For more detailed information about UNFCCC Internship programme please visit the internship section on our recruitment webpage.

Application procedure

Candidates who are interested in this assignment and meet the minimum requirements must use the on-line application system and include a cover letter. Due to the high number of applications, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for a telephone interview.

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