United Nations University Junior Fellows Internship Programme 2020, Japan


Application Deadline: 31 October 2019.

The United Nations University Office of the Rector recruits highly qualified applicants to work as Junior Fellows at the UNU headquarters in Tokyo. Junior Fellows are recruited through a competitive application process twice per year. Graduate students interested in the work of the United Nations — and in particular, UNU — are encouraged to apply.

The underlying principles of the Junior Fellows Internship Programme
at the Office of the Rector are centred on creating a dynamic,
challenging and rewarding experience for graduate level students and
young professionals. Successful candidates will contribute to the work
of the Office of the Rector, the United Nations University, and the UN
system as a whole. The programme provides opportunities for the
development of new skills and knowledge and is a unique and constructive
setting for the practical application of capacities acquired through
graduate studies.

The programme places a strong emphasis on the training, guidance, and hands-on experience that form the foundation of a successful and beneficial internship. The programme opens with a one-week orientation designed to familiarize junior fellows with UNU, their co-workers, facilities and the working processes within the Office of the Rector. The knowledge and practical experience gained will also be beneficial to those candidates seeking a career in the United Nations. Junior fellows at the Office of the Rector can expect to gain valuable work experience while contributing in meaningful ways to UNU’s mission.


The qualifications that are considered in each application process
include, but are not limited to, the following. The candidate:

  • is currently pursuing or has recently completed postgraduate studies (master’s or doctoral), preferably in a field related to the University’s work;
  • is under 32 years of age at the time of application;
  • must not have more than 5 years of work experience in their related field;
  • has a native or near fluent command of written and spoken English;
  • has excellent research, writing and analytical skills;
  • can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving;
  • has advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.); and
  • has a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and more specifically, in the work of the United Nations University.

Working Conditions

Running parallel to most university semesters, Junior Fellows are
selected twice per year, once in May-June for the fall term and once in
September-October for the spring term. The fall term begins in
mid-August and lasts until mid-December. The spring term runs from
February to May. Visit the Application Process page for the specific dates for each term.

Junior Fellows work full time during the regular working hours of the
University: 9:30–17:30, Monday to Friday. Weekends and official UNU
holidays are days off. In addition, Junior Fellows are entitled to 1 day
of leave per month. Junior Fellows are provided office space and
facilities, as appropriate for their work, and are provided a monthly
stipend in addition to a fixed transportation allowance for their
commute to and from the UNU headquarters building. Junior Fellows also
enjoy free access to the headquarters’ library and gym and have the
unique opportunity to learn about, contribute to and provide assistance
in the organization of conferences, lectures and academic forums and
symposiums that take place throughout the year.

Work Assignments

Participants in this programme have the opportunity to engage in a
number of ongoing initiatives that provide a unique window into the
working processes of the University. Junior Fellows support the work of
the Office of the Rector in the following areas:

  • research and writing for institutional development: preparation of executive briefs on priority issues; background research and drafting of topical information briefs in support of internal policy development (i.e. related to the functioning of the University);
  • beginning in Spring 2019, the Office of the Rector is interested in having one Junior Fellow with a legal background or similar experience, to assist with projects in legal affairs;
  • planning: supporting the development of project management tools and systems;
  • event coordination: supporting the organization of lectures, conferences, workshops, and other public events;
  • meeting coordination: logistical support and minute taking;
  • editorial support: proof-reading reports and copy editing;
  • communication: preparation and dissemination of newsletters, event summaries, and other communication documents.

Term dates

Spring 2020

Term dates: 3 February to 26 June 2020

Applications for the Spring 2020 term will be accepted from 2 October to 31 October 2019.

Application Process

The application process is conducted in two stages. Instructions for each stage are detailed below. Any application that does not comply with the information provided on this page will not be considered.

Stage 1

The first stage of the application process is designed to measure the
applicant’s motivation and background and assess how the applicant’s
qualifications meet the criteria for selection. Stage 1 requires
submission of the documents listed below (a-e).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the United Nations University Junior Fellows Internship Programme 2020