Swiss Youth at the UN & World Bank

Talent programme "Swiss Youth at the United Nations"

Dive into the work of the United Nations for a year.

For Swiss graduates only: The Swiss government, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD), funds a one-year talent programme at the United Nations – up to 20 positions are offered each year. With your master's degree in hand and having had some initial work experience, you are eligible for this unique international opportunity.

Types of assignments

The advertised positions are very diverse: they depend on the UN organisations’ thematic priorities and address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some examples:

  • Human rights
  • Programme analysis and coordination
  • Gender equality
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Peacebuilding coordination
Young professionals contributing to SDGs

Minimum requirements

  • Swiss national
  • Master's degree in a relevant field
  • Ideally 12 months of relevant professional experience (min. 3 months - max. 24 months)
  • Max. 28 years old at the date of application
  • Excellent command of English and knowledge of two official Swiss languages (active knowledge of at least one of them)
  • Demonstrated thematic interest in international cooperation, development, human rights, peace promotion or humanitarian affairs

Learn more about the programme:
Swiss Youth at the United Nations / World Bank

Where are they now?

Former participants in the programme look back on their experience. What are the main learning opportunities of the programme? What are the career paths followed by these young people a few years after their assignment abroad?
Discover the results of our survey

Replay last information webinar

Frequently asked questions

What kind of work will you be doing? Will you be working for free? How can you submit your application? etc. Find answers to your questions here:
FAQ Swiss Youth at the United Nations

Any questions?