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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Henry u.
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New York, USA
June 24, 2014
I am passionate about working for humanity and I believe the United Nations offers that opportunity. I believe, I can affect the lives of the society if selected.
Solomon A.
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Nigeria
June 24, 2014
I am very much interested in the YYP program. Please, I need your assistance in terms of information on how to be part.
Carlmen L.
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Malaysia
June 24, 2014
I would like to participate with UN and assist who need help and at the same time I am able to experience about YPP program.
David S.
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Kenya
June 24, 2014
Looks exciting, looking forward to the tests
Ayman a.
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Jordan
June 24, 2014
i am sure that third world country wont have the chance but i am interested
Nadia F.
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Pakistan
June 24, 2014
Hi can I apply being a Pakistani citizen?
A.
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Uganda
June 24, 2014
I would like to join UN.
Nasir M.
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Pakistan
June 24, 2014
I want to work with UN Program. I am really very excited for doing work. Please guide me.
augustine u.
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Nigeria
June 24, 2014
Great ideal to serve humanity, am. Masters holder of human physiology, and have a postgraduate diploma in educations, suitable for teaching as well. I want to join the team. Pls reply
Gergana M.
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Germany
June 24, 2014
Can you please tell me if a 'national of a state' should be considered as a 'state citizen'? I am a jurist from Bulgaria, but I live in Germany since 10 months, that makes me a permanent resident here. My question is if I'm allowed to participate in the YOUTH Professional Programme in that case?Thank you!
Angela D.
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Texas, USA
June 24, 2014
I am interested in the UN programs for new college graduates. Thank you
Amadou K.
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Côte d'Ivoire
June 24, 2014
I m interested for this training.
Adefila J.
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Colorado, USA
June 24, 2014
A Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng ) Electrical Electrical/Electronics and CCNA certified.I possess 10 years experience in IT/Telecommunications.I am interested in working with UN
Youssef E.
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Morocco
June 24, 2014
I am , a young educator and language teacher from Morocco.i am an ex Fulbright scholar at Loyola University in Chicago,USA.i visited the UN headquarters in New York City and i would love to serve that team and join them for a work related to middle east or Arab world relations,educational programs in Africa etc. I look forward to having chance to get this opportunity.I got a B A in English Language and literature and i speak Arabic,french and Spanish as well/
millicent w.
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South Africa
June 24, 2014
Would love to work for the UN.ill be grateful if you consider me
Mehdi N.
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California, USA
June 24, 2014
I love to work for UN. but I was borned in 1980 , but when I was teenage I wished to work for UN. Now I live in California for 1.5 year. please help me what I should do. Appreciate
MOROOF O.
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Nigeria
June 24, 2014
Unfortunately for me I will be 34years by October this year, so I cannot apply, please is any other program I can put-in? If yes please let me know. Regard.
Farzana K.
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United States
June 24, 2014
I would like to have a job in United Nations.
Yassir K.
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Morocco
June 24, 2014
I want to get an internship at the united nations
RAZAFINDRABE H.
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Madagascar
June 24, 2014
This is very interesting.
ABDUL A.
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Nigeria
June 24, 2014
I would love to work for the UN
Md. K.
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Bangladesh
June 24, 2014
I am so imprase to know this oppurtunity . i am a photographer and interested to join this job . i am want to do bettet in my life .
DESIRE A.
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Benin
June 24, 2014
I LIKE
Besnik I.
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Kosovo
June 24, 2014
Is it possible for Kosovar citizens to apply to this program?
Manaye A.
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Ethiopia
June 24, 2014
I really like to join UN one day!
christine n.
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United States
June 24, 2014
I am a self motivated and hard working person able to work under minimum supervision, i am a team player, flexible and willing to learn and above all i wanted to with un and also learn more about ypp. Thank you.
Sadaqat B.
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Pakistan
June 24, 2014
I am offering my services for any position in Administration/HR/Customer Services or suporting staff
Alam k.
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Pakistan
June 24, 2014
I like this effort of you people You known the haumenity
Md.Rashed K.
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Bangladesh
June 24, 2014
iam hsc passed.joined to your ypp.need work.
amalachukwu o.
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Nigeria
June 24, 2014
I really appreciate this development and I would like to work with the UN. Thanks

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