• Voluntarily
  • Ontario

Are you a recent graduate or enrolled in a graduate program? Are you interested in making a difference in environmental research and policy? Do you have a commitment towards addressing issues of international importance related to water, environment and health? If so, then the UNU-INWEH Internship Programme could be for you!

UNU-INWEH interns have come from Canada, France, India, Mali, Mexico, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the USA, and elsewhere. UNU-INWEH provides interns a chance to work in an international environment and experience first-hand the operations of the United Nations. In this volunteer program, interns interact with staff members and contribute towards UN water research and training projects conducted in developing countries.




  • can apply your scientific knowledge and research on potential tools for water security agenda.
  • can learn how ecosystem services, policy and socio-economy are related and how they depend on each other.
  • can experience the application of first-hand classroom theories in the real world.
  • engagement with the broader international community on a variety of water-focused policy, management, and conservation issues.
  •  can work directly with high-level specialists on specific cases, touching on issues of water management in connection with the problems of desertification, population health, and climate change, among others, make the UNU-INWEH internship program in Hamilton, a perfect place for any student.


All applicants have to meet the following required qualifications and criteria:

  • Academic qualifications and fields of interest: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in an area relevant to UNU-INWEH’s field of work.
  • Languages: excellent spoken and written knowledge of English (certification is required, see below). Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.
  • Computer Skills: ability to use office-related software (Microsoft Office) and hardware (PC environment).
  • Attitude: an awareness of the many facets of the multicultural world and a commitment to international public service are essential. Applicants are expected to adapt to an international and multicultural environment. They should demonstrate good communication skills and show initiative and flexibility.

  • Availability: the duration of an internship must be a minimum of three months (full-time).

  • Insurance: all applications must provide proof of insurance coverage for the entire period of their internship.

  • Applicants should apply to the UNU-INWEH Internship Programme only if they fulfill the minimum criteria and qualifications.
Eligible Regions: Open for All.

Application Process

Interns are recruited through a competitive application process through (1) specific vacancy announcements (listed on our vacancies page) or (2) unsolicited applications (open). Both require a 3-month (minimum) to 6-month (maximum) full-time commitment.

To apply to the UNU-INWEH Internship Programme, complete the following steps:

  • Ensure you satisfy the Eligibility Criteria.
  • Fill out all five of the required application documents.
  • Email or fax your application to the UNU-INWEH Internship Coordinator.
    • Only complete applications (i.e., containing all five required documents) will be considered.
    • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
    • Your internship application will be considered valid for 12 months from the submission date.
    • If applicants do not receive a response within 12 months of submission, the application has not been retained.
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