Apply for FAO’s Paid Internship Program

Overview of FAO’s Internship Programme

FAO’s Internship Programme aims to provide a learning opportunity for talented young women and men who are strongly motivated to share their new perspectives, innovative ideas and latest research experience in FAO’s domains. The Internship Programme provides selected students — enrolled in an under-graduate or post-graduate degree programme or recent graduates — the opportunity to supplement their academic knowledge with a practical work experience in a ­eld related to the work of FAO. It enables them to gain a better understanding of FAO’s mandates and programmes.

The duration of an internship assignment is between 3 to 11 months. Interns cannot be rehired under the Internship Programme. FAO pays a monthly stipend to interns. However, this provision is under revision.


Nationality: candidates must be nationals of FAO Member Nations. For a complete list of FAO Member Nations, please access this link here
Age: candidates should be aged between 21 and 30 at the start of their internship (i.e. internship should start before the candidate turns 31).
Education: candidates should be students enrolled in an under-graduate or post-graduate degree programme in a bona ­de educational institution at the time of application, or recent graduates FAO uses the “International Handbook of Universities”, published by the IAU/UNESCO, as a guide for the list of bona de educational institutions. Applicants pursuing their studies in a country where higher education is not divided into under-graduate and graduate stages must have completed at least three years of full-time studies towards the completion of a degree.
Languages: candidates must have a working knowledge of at least one FAO off­cial language (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian). Knowledge of a second FAO of­cial language will be considered an asset.
Skills: candidates should be able to adapt to an international multicultural environment, have good communication skills and be knowledgeable in the use of basic computer programmes.

Residence/Visa status: candidates should have appropriate residence or immigration status in the country of assignment. Family relation: candidates with family members (de­ned as brother, sister, mother, or father) employed by FAO under any type of
contractual arrangement will not be eligible.

To Apply

Apply to the “Call for Expression of Interest”, which is published on the employment website here.

Interested candidates must apply through iRecruitment by submitting an on-line application together with a motivation letter and evidence of attendance at a recognized University.

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

For more details, please visit the Internship FAQ page.


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