The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a UN agency dedicated to ensuring food security and access to high-quality food for everyone on the planet. To this end, FAO seeks to: promote the sustainable development of agriculture, fisheries and forestry; promote improved quality of life among rural populations, still highly affected by poverty; stimulate inclusive and efficient agricultural systems; and increase the resilience of rural producers to crises and disasters. In addition to its headquarters in Rome (Italy), FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.
Eligibility and Criteria
Your field of study must be among the following:
- Forestry and Animal Science
- Management and Finance
- International Affairs
- Society Studies
- The internship period ranges from at least 3 months to 6 months at most.
- The internship programs are full-time. Interns shall therefore work between 35 and 40 hours per week.
- There are openings for FAO Headquarters in Rome (Italy), but opportunities may also be available for its various Regional and Liaison Offices around the world.
- Regional and Europe Offices: Ghana (Africa), Thailand (Asia and the Pacific), Hungary (Europe and Central Asia), Chile (Latin America and the Caribbean), Egypt (Near East), Brussels, Portugal, Madrid and Geneva.
- Liaison Office: New York (North America and Japan.
- Participation in the internship is not related to future employment with the agency. However, the work experience in the agency will be a distinctive feature in your curriculum, which may facilitate your hiring by other organizations inside or outside the UN System.
- Be enrolled in a graduate school program (Master’s or PhD), or;
- Be enrolled in the last school year of an undergraduate school program (Bachelor’s level or equivalent), or;
- Have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate course in the last 12 months.
- Applicants must be between 21 and 30 years old to be eligible.
Awards and Benefits
- FAO offers up to $ 700 per month to interns with no outside financial support, but the amount may vary according to the contract.
- Usually, only selected applicants will be contacted for the interview, which lasts about 30 minutes and may be done via Skype or phone.
- The main points covered in the interview questions vary according to the opening and department chosen. In general, however, the FAO Internship questions address subjective or behavioral aspects, such as your expectations about the job, your interests in the area of expertise you are applying for and your previous experiences.
- FAO seeks to foster diversity and reduce gender inequality in its workforce. Therefore, internship applications from skilled women, indigenous people and individuals with special needs are recommended.
- The organization offers no financial aid to cover costs related to preparing for or doing the internship. However, you may request financial aid from a sponsoring institution, for example, a university and/or government agency in your country.
- You or your sponsoring institution will be responsible for the costs and arrangements of obtaining the visa (if needed to do the internship).
- You or your sponsoring institution will be responsible for the costs of enrolling in a valid global medical insurance plan. However, medical coverage related to service-incurred is provided, with FAO paying the full premium.
- You or your sponsoring institution will be responsible for accommodation expenses during the internship period.
- You or your sponsoring institution will be responsible for the costs and arrangements of the trip to the workplace to which you have been assigned.
How To Apply
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