The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is offering undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate Africans numerous internships in its Regional Offices.

About the Award

The Internship Programme is a learning opportunity to attract talented young women and men who are strongly motivated to share their new perspectives, innovative ideas, and the latest research experience in FAO’s domains.

The program provides selected students, enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree program or recent graduates with the opportunity to supplement, their academic knowledge with practical work assignments in a field related to the work of FAO.

Type: Internship

Eligibility of this Internship

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate, or graduate degree program in a bona fide (i.e. listed in the IAU/UNESCO database) educational institution at the time of application, or recent graduate. Applicants pursuing their studies in a country where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed at least three years of full-time studies toward the completion of a degree. Candidates must specialize in a field relevant to the mission and work of FAO.


  • Working knowledge of at least one FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish). Knowledge of a second FAO official language will be considered an asset. Only language proficiency certificates from UN-accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Be nationals of FAO Member Nations
  • Candidates should be aged between 21 and 30.
  • Candidates should be able to adapt to an international multicultural environment, have good communication skills, and be knowledgeable in basic computer programs.
  • Candidates with family members (defined as brother, sister, mother, or father) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement are not eligible for the Internship Programme.
  • Candidates should have appropriate residence or immigration status in the country of assignment.

Number of Awards: Various

Value of Award: FAO pays a monthly stipend to interns if they are not sponsored by sending universities or other entities.

Duration of Award: 3 months to 11 months

How to Apply for this Program

  • To apply, visit the recruitment website (below) and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
  • Only applications received through iRecruitment will be considered.
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation and evidence of attendance at a recognized university.