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Office of Legal Affairs
Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations: Mr. Nicolas Michel

Vacancies and Internships

The OLA vacancies are managed by the United Nations Office for Human Resources Management (UN OHRM). For more information on available vacancies and procedures to follow please visit the UN Galaxy e-staffing system web page.


The United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) offers an internship program to individuals who have obtained a law degree. Admission to the OLA internship program is highly competitive. Prospective interns are encouraged to apply six to nine months in advance of the desired internship period. The United Nations is unable to provide any financial assistance or remuneration to interns, and service as an intern must entail no financial implications for the United Nations.

Internship objectives:

Interns are normally requested to undertake tasks in connection with the ongoing projects under the supervision of a legal officer of the respective Section/Division of the Office of Legal Affairs. In determining the area and substance of the intern's work, due consideration is given to the nature of the projects currently being undertaken in that area and of the purpose of the internship as expressed by the sponsoring institution or the intern. The program is for an initial period of two months three times a year (mid-January to mid-March (spring session); early June to early August (summer session) and early September to end-October (fall session)).

Qualifications required:

  • First level university degree or advanced university degree in international law or international private law.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English; working knowledge of other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) are welcome.
  • Computer skills, including familiarity with applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet research. Familiarity with HTML and electronic document management an asset.
Procedural requirements:
  • A duly completed, official UN Internship Application Form (P.135) in English or French;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (resume);
  • An essay (150-250 words) stating the reasons for which an internship with the OLA is sought;
  • Applications are to be submitted no earlier than 12 months and no later than 6 months before the start of the desired internship period.

Send information to:

Internship Coordinator Room S-2590D United Nations New York, N.Y. 10017, U.S.A. E-mail: OHRM_interns@un.org. Fax: 212-963-3683

For more information, please visit the internship website at http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/internsh/index.htm

Internship application form P.135

in English [Word document]
in French [Word document]

Internship Guidelines [PDF]