The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Internship Programme

vifao-header-beachThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger and to support development in member countries in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and forestry. FAO’s mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

The intern may be assigned either to FAO Headquarters or one of the decentralized offices. Please visit the page to learn more about FAO’s structure and fields of activity.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Interns will be assigned to different fields of work according to their profile and to the needs of the Organization. The interns will be involved in the work of the Unit that has selected them and will carry out assignments relevant to their studies or interests.

The intern will perform the functions specified in his/her Terms of Reference (TORs), prepared by the Division/Office concerned before the beginning of the assignment and agreed by the intern.


Candidates for the FAO Internship Programme must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • No more than 30 years of age
  • Be recent graduates or students in a recognised university or graduate school programme and have completed at the very least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant to the work of FAO, or be participants in a governmental or academic programme sponsoring assignments of recent graduates or students
  • A working knowledge of English, French or Spanish is required. Knowledge of one of the other two, or Arabic, Chinese or Russian, is an asset
  • Must not bear any of the following relationships to staff members of the Organization: son, daughter, brother or sister

Potential candidates will be contacted directly by the hiring unit to confirm their availability and interest, as well as to discuss the specific duties to be undertaken as an intern. Applications from eligible candidates will be retained for a period of six months from receipt of application. For additional information, includingFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Application Process:

Click on Apply Now to apply to this vacancy. If you have not yet registered, please consult the Guidelines for Applicants and follow the instructions to register, complete your account information and submit your application.

Candidates are required to upload a Letter of Motivation to the “documents” section of the online profile. The letter should include: reason for wishing to participate in the programme, the unit or area of work they wish to undertake their internship assignment and availability,

Before applying, please ensure that you have completed all sections of your online profile and attached your Letter of Motivation. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

NOTE: The selection process is open throughout the year. For more info please contact (This email address does not accept applications).

If you need help, or have queries, please contact:

Deadline: September 30, 2015

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