31 October, 2019


Tokyo, Japan



Junior fellows Internship Programme Office of the Rector – United Nations University

The United Nations University Office of the Rector recruits highly qualified applicants to work as Junior Fellows at the UNU headquarters in Tokyo. Junior Fellows are recruited through a competitive application process twice per year.

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Running parallel to most university semesters, Junior Fellows are selected twice per year, once in May-June for the fall term and once in September-October for the spring term. The fall term begins in mid-August and lasts until mid-December.

The underlying principles of the Junior Fellows Internship Programme at the Office of the Rector are centred on creating a dynamic, challenging and rewarding experience for graduate level students and young professionals. Successful candidates will contribute to the work of the Office of the Rector, the United Nations University, and the UN system as a whole. The programme provides opportunities for the development of new skills and knowledge and is a unique and constructive setting for the practical application of capacities acquired through graduate studies.

The programme places a strong emphasis on the training, guidance, and hands-on experience that form the foundation of a successful and beneficial internship. The programme opens with a one-week orientation designed to familiarize junior fellows with UNU, their co-workers, facilities and the working processes within the Office of the Rector. The knowledge and practical experience gained will also be beneficial to those candidates seeking a career in the United Nations. Junior fellows at the Office of the Rector can expect to gain valuable work experience while contributing in meaningful ways to UNU’s mission.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

Careers in the United Nations.

  • Research and writing for institutional development: preparation of executive briefs on priority issues; background research and drafting of topical information briefs in support of internal policy development (i.e. related to the functioning of the University).
  • Projects in legal affairs.
  • Planning: supporting the development of project management tools and systems.
  • Event coordination: supporting the organization of lectures, conferences, workshops, and other public events.
  • Meeting coordination: logistical support and minute taking.
  • Editorial support: proof-reading reports and copy editing.
  • Communication: preparation and dissemination of newsletters, event summaries, and other communication documents.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

3 February to 26 June 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Graduate students interested in the work of the United Nations — and in particular, UNU — are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates are currently pursuing or has recently completed postgraduate studies (master’s or doctoral), preferably in a field related to the University’s work.
  • They are under 32 years of age at the time of application.
  • They must not have more than 5 years of work experience in their related field.
  • They have a native or near fluent command of written and spoken English.
  • They have excellent research, writing and analytical skills.
  • They can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • They demonstrate resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving.
  • They have advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.).
  • They demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and more specifically, in the work of the United Nations University.

Opportunity Cost


  • Junior Fellows work full time during the regular working hours of the University: 9:30–17:30, Monday to Friday. Weekends and official UNU holidays are days off.
  • In addition, Junior Fellows are entitled to 1 day of leave per month.
  • Junior Fellows are provided office space and facilities, as appropriate for their work, and are provided a monthly stipend of 50,000 JPY at the end of each month upon successful completion of any training and/or duties assigned to the fellow.
  • the UNU will provide a fixed travel allowance of 10,000 JPY at the end of each month to help offset the costs associated with the fellow daily commute to and from the University Headquarters.
  • Junior Fellows also enjoy free access to the headquarters’ library and gym and have the unique opportunity to learn about, contribute to and provide assistance in the organization of conferences, lectures and academic forums and symposiums that take place throughout the year.

How to Apply

The application process is divided into two stages:

Stage 1

First Step: Application form — Download and complete the application form. The form may be completed using MS Word or printed and filled in by hand.

Second Step: Cover letter — Address your letter to the attention of the Office of the Rector Internship Committee. Your cover letter should not be longer than one single-sided page and should include the following:

  • your motivations for applying to the programme.
  • how you feel you may contribute to the work being done at the Office of the Rector.
  • how this programme relates to your future career goals.

Third Step: Resume or c.v. — Provide detailed descriptions of your education history, work history, and leadership or extracurricular activities. Your resume or c.v. may not exceed two single-sided pages.

Fourth Step: Two letters of recommendation — Arrange for two letters of recommendation from referees who are familiar with your character and who have agreed to write a recommendation on your behalf. UNU reserves the right to contact your referees.

Fifth Step: Funding plan — Download and complete the “Funding plan”, outlining the source, amount, and duration of actual and/or projected funding while in Tokyo. Visit the FAQ page for information on financial assistance and average monthly expenses for living in Tokyo.

Sixth Step: Language certification — Applicants must provide certification in English if they do not meet either of the two following criteria:

  • The applicant’s native language is English, or
  • The applicant completed an undergraduate programme or is enrolled in a graduate program with English as the medium of instruction.

In the case that the applicant does not meet either of the above criteria, a valid TOEFL iBT (96-120), TOEFL pBT (590-677), TOEFL cBT (243-300), IELTS (7.5-9.0) or TOEIC (785-990) score report is required.

Stage 2

The second and final stage consists of a telephone or Skype interview that will be arranged in advance with each applicant. Further details and an appointment schedule will be provided at the closing of Stage 1.


  • View the application instructions here.
  • Any application that does not comply with the information provided on this page will not be considered.
  • For electronic submissions, e-mail the Office of the Rector Internship Committee at [with the subject line “Internship Application – (Applicant’s Name)”]. Attach a copy of the completed application form, your cover letter, resume or c.v., funding form and language certification (where applicable). Electronic submissions must be sent no later than 11:59 p.m. (Tokyo time) on the day of the deadline as specified for the period of application.
  • For hard copy submissions, mail documents to the address indicated on the form. All application documents must be received by the Internship Committee by the application deadline.
  • For electronic submissions, the referee e-mails the completed Recommendation Form and an attached reference letter to the Office of the Rector Internship Committee [subject line: “Letter of Recommendation for (Applicant’s Name)”]. The e-mail must come from an institutional address. Reference letters from public e-mail providers (e.g. Hotmail, Google, etc.) will not be accepted.
  • Otherwise, the referee prepares hard copies of the signed and completed Recommendation Form and the letter of recommendation on institutional letterhead in a sealed and stamped official company or school envelope. This envelope may be submitted by the applicant along with other application materials or sent directly to the Office of the Rector Internship Committee at the address indicated on the Recommendation Form.
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign an Agreement Form that will act as the working contract between the junior fellow and the Office of the Rector for the duration of the internship. This form will be mailed to those selected to join the programme and they will be invited to begin their application for a Japanese visa.

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