FAO Internship Program 2019

FAO Internship Program 2019

Applications are now open for the FAO Internship Program 2019. The Internship Programme is a learning opportunity that aims to attract strongly motivated individuals to share their innovative ideas in FAO’s tentacles.

The programme provides selected students with the opportunity to supplement their academic knowledge with practical work assignments.

This will enable them to gain a better understanding of FAO’s mandate and programmes. At the same time, the Programme provides FAO with the assistance of qualified individuals to achieve  FAO Strategic Objectives and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger. It helps to support development in member countries in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and forestry. The hallmark of FAO  is to contribute to the growth of the world economy.

Reporting Lines

The intern reports to an assigned supervisor.

Technical Focus

The organisation   assigns the applicant  to different fields of work according to his/her profile.

Tasks and responsibilities

He perform the functions specified in the Terms of Reference (TOR) prepared by the hiring office before the beginning of the assignment and agreed by the intern.


Enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate degree programme in a bona fide (i.e. listed in the IAU/UNESCO database) educational institution at the time of application or recent graduates.

Candidates must specialize in a field relevant to the mission and work of FAO.

Working knowledge of at least one FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish). The organization considers the knowledge of a second FAO language as an asset.

They accept only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE and LRT) but as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.

Nationals of FAO Member Nations.

Applicants  between 21 and 30.

Readiness to adapt to an international multicultural environment but good communication skills.

Interns with family members but employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement are not  eligible for the Internship Programme.

The individuals should have appropriate residence or immigration status in the proposed duty station but prior to the start of the internship assignment.

Core Competencies

Results Focus
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Relevant academic experience in one of the fields of the Organization.

Selection Criteria

The organisation assign candidates  in a field relevant to the mission and work of FAO.


Qualified female applicants but qualified nationals of non member nations as well as candidates from the global south and Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to apply
Candidates are requested to attach to their application a letter of motivation, the evidence of attendance in a recognized university but a copy of their academic qualifications and copies of their language proficiency certificates.
All applications should undergo review but only qualified applicants always receive invitations for interviews by the hiring office.
FAO pays a monthly stipend to interns if they are not sponsored by sending universities or other entities.

Application Method

To apply, visit the recruitment website Jobs at FAO  but complete your online profile. Incomplete applications suffers withdrawal  but  applications received through the recruitment portal enjoys consideration.

Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal but at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well but before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org

Visit the Official Website of the FAO Internship Program 2019 for more details.

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