Want to launch a career with the UN? Here's how young professionals can break in

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

Many large multilateral organizations are 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 Junior Professional Officer 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.

This article was last updated on 15 February 2019

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.