Young Professionals: Apply to UN Program to Jumpstart Your Career in International Affairs

Posted by Christina Breuer
June 23, 2014
UN Flag Flutters Outside a Building in Germany

Interested in a career with the United Nations?  Curious about entry-level opportunities for young professionals?  The Bureau of International Organization Affairs is excited to announce U.S. participation in this year’s UN Young Professionals Program (YPP).  This may be just the opportunity you’ve been seeking to get your foot in the door with the United Nations.

To qualify, you need to be 32 years old or younger by the end of this year, hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, speak English and/or French fluently, and be a national of a participating country, such as the United States. 

This year’s YPP exam is being offered in a variety of fields -- economic affairs, human rights, information systems and technology, photography, political affairs, and radio production.  The application period is staggered throughout the summer with deadlines in mid- to late August.  The exam will be held on December 4 in cities around the world, including New York City.

There are several steps to becoming a successful YPP participant and the first of those is applying to take the YPP written exam.  Upon successful completion of both the written and oral exams, candidates are then placed on a roster with other qualified candidates who can be selected for available positions within the UN.  Candidates are initially offered a two-year appointment which can then be reviewed for a continuing appointment with the UN.

A career as an international civil servant is the opportunity of a lifetime.  The UN’s 41,000 staff representing 193 Member States means that you will find yourself working alongside a diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.  Your work will be meaningful as the work of the United Nations touches every corner of the globe, focusing on a range of critical issues from sustainable development and environmental protection to disaster relief and counter-terrorism, and everything in between.

There are also many other opportunities for young professionals!  The Department of State encourages all qualified Americans to consider a variety of employment opportunities with the UN and other international organizations.  Many organizations offer internship programs to students and recent graduates and the U.S. sponsors Junior Professional Officers at several international organizations including the UN, UN Refugee Agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and more.  Additionally, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for fixed-term professional positions or consider other employment possibilities including short-term contracts, opportunities with UN Volunteers, and more.

To learn more about the Young Professionals Program, including details about the application process, answers to FAQs, sample examinations, and additional resources, please visit the UN Careers website.

About the Author: Christina Breuer, serves as a Multilateral Outreach Officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

 

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Rogelio E.
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California, USA
June 23, 2014
I am interested in learning more about the YPP program.
Hazem E.
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New York, USA
June 23, 2014
I'm looking for a job at the united nation.
Lermiola A.
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Ghana
June 23, 2014
I will be excited and grateful when considered to work with the UN
Khaldun a.
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Jordan
June 23, 2014
Could I apply fir this Job if Im Jordanian?
Mariam R.
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Jordan
June 23, 2014
Hello, am jordanian fresh graduated of Yarmouk University, bachelor dgree in financial economics and business, I reay love the amazing work you do, if there is any chance for me in jordan to work with it would be my pleasure. Thank you.
Samira K.
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Germany
June 23, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam, Hereby I would like to ask a question and will appreciate if you reply me: As an Iranian who live in Germany, can I apply for a job position? ( I have Iranian passport) Looking forward to hearing from you. Faithfully Yours, Samira K.
ousmane n.
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New York, USA
June 23, 2014
holding a master degree in geography and a certificate of suitability for teaching in secondary school at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of dakar in Senegal, i taught for three years history and geography at a secondary school in Senegal. However after receiving, due to the migration policy, the opening, the freedom and the opportunity that the great country United States of America has given everyone imbued with the values that are walking this nation, i have the privilege of living today in USA as a permanent resident. So, i would like to apply under this program, which interested me greatly. i believe meet the desired profile by my language and professional skills.
mohamad a.
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Connecticut, USA
June 23, 2014
I want a job at the UN.
farishta a.
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Arizona, USA
June 23, 2014
I would like to join team.
Flamur H.
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Kosovo
June 23, 2014
We as a Kosovar want to participate at the UN programs because we know well about UN missions one of them was in our country
etienne B.
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Congo, Democratic Republic of the
June 23, 2014
I have diplôme of licence in political and adminitrative sciences,working with UN mission in my country(MONUSCO)
Foysal R.
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Bangladesh
June 23, 2014
I am Disabled person(wheelchair user).I am working with disabled people organization(DPO). now i am work with international organization some time learning sheering and some experience sheer.so i hope do you any opportunity.
Katiluz G.
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Florida, USA
June 23, 2014
I'm a Venezuelan Journalist Living in Florida. I'd Like to be part of the UN. It's my dream!!!
John M.
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New York, USA
June 23, 2014
Interested in a career in International affairs.
Thomas S.
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Pennsylvania, USA
June 23, 2014
I am a recent immigrant from Sierra Leone where I completed three semesters of a bachelors in Mass. Communications at the University of Sierra Leone. Upon my arrival in Lancaster in August of 2013, I have extensively taken advantage to different federal programs where I completed programs in job related training. I have also enrolled at Elizabethtown College where I have also completed three course with "A's" in two and a "C' in the most recent one. I have a very strong passion for humanity and especially helping those in need. For example, while in Sierra Leone, I was volunteering with a religious congregation (Salesians of Don Bosco) that works in empowering youths who were left without support after the diver stating civil war of the country. As president of The Salesian Youth Movement, I initiated, organized and implemented programs across the country and neighboring countries such as Ghana, Liberia and Ivory Coast. I also volunteered as a community teacher, where I initiated an Agricultural program that introduced and empowered students to the practical aspect of "modern agricultural" practices. I also mentored, organized and coordinated the "Children at Risk" program where I was accountable for over $120,000 quarterly spending on programs ranging from education ,social services and family reunification. Whiles at the University of Sierra Leone, I also volunteered with the university's radio as a continuity announcer and subsequently a presenter and producer, where I produced youth related programs. With this background knowledge, working with various groups of people and International partners, became one of my greatest strengths. For example, I worked and coordinated with volunteers from Europe and the United States. Looking at the stated requirement, as it stands, I will consider my lack of "educational qualification" as challenge. However, as a fast learner and one who is open and ready to learn from others most especially with the desire to help others in need across the world, I will adapt into a fast pace environment such as the United Stations and its affiliate institutions.
Hugo A.
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Dominican Republic
June 23, 2014
Yes I want to be part of the program.
Kimberly C.
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Florida, USA
June 23, 2014
Would love more information
coulibaly s.
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Côte d'Ivoire
June 23, 2014
I' m Ivorian , work to UN is a dream for me , if this programme can to give me a job ,I become happy ,I'm bachelor ,I love to travel , I wish to work . !!! think you !! to help me .
Sirjan B.
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Nepal
June 23, 2014
I am graduating in Veterinary Science in Nepal in June. I have keen interest to work in international organizations like UN,WHO,etc. But I do not have proper ideas about where should I ask and take relevant information. Please make me clear about these.Are there any opportunities for me?
sammy b.
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California, USA
June 23, 2014
I would like to join team....
yatihalagala s.
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Sri Lanka
June 23, 2014
DEar sir thans your information about UN so you have get opportunity for welfare as a monk. there for according to your details i will apply thanks with meththa
sony b.
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Cambodia
June 23, 2014
I want to join the YPP in UN
sony b.
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Cambodia
June 23, 2014
I want to join the YPP in UN
Shoaib K.
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Pakistan
June 23, 2014

I am a Pakistani Graduate in the subject of Economics .Kindly tell me if i am eligible .

Naqibullah H.
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Afghanistan
June 23, 2014
i glad to see such UN Young Professionals Program (YPP) career opportunities of UN . You UN had been provided number of career opportunities for youngs generation which is deserve of appreciation . i am really interested to work or serve as one of the young with you with ,,,
Shankar B.
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Nepal
June 23, 2014
I am very eager to work with un officials. I recently have completed my master degree from Tribhuvan university Kathmandu Nepal. Could you suggest me what should I do to get position in UN. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
abid h.
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Pakistan
June 23, 2014
please i m interest in ypp programe. gave me a chance to developed my career. i did master in political science and also did bachelor in education.here in pakistan i am doing teaching in a private college.
Narad R.
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Nepal
June 24, 2014
I am a citizen form Nepal. can I apply on it?
Anas M.
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Egypt
June 24, 2014
I am an English teacher from Egypt. interested in the YPP program.
aya a.
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Palestinian Territories
June 24, 2014
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