Want to launch a career with the UN? Here are ways young professionals can break in

The Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by: Jean-Marc Ferré / U.N. / CC BY-NC-ND

With global development demanding highly skilled and experienced professionals, development organizations need to constantly be looking for ways to bring on and develop the right talent for their workforce. Many of the larger multilateral organizations are increasingly taking a proactive approach and investing in programs to develop young professionals in the early stages of their global development careers. For aspiring development professionals, there are now even more opportunities to break into the sector.

In addition to its JPO program, which has been running for over five decades, the United Nations boasts a number of young professional programs across its different agencies. Here we look at some of the ways young professionals can enter the U.N. system and launch their careers.