Internship Programme

Practical Experience in an International Environment

The IAEA accepts a limited number of interns each year.

The internships are awarded to persons studying toward a university degree or who have recently received a degree.

The purpose of the programme is:

  • To provide interns with the opportunity to gain practical work experiences in line with their studies or interests, and expose them to the work of the Agency and the United Nations as a whole;
  • To benefit the Agency's programmes through the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.

The duration of internships is normally not less than three months and not more than one year. However, a minimum of one month is also accepted. Interns are subject to the authority of the Director General and undertake to observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions and procedures of the Agency.

Programme Details


In order to be eligible for the internship programme, applicants must be at least 20 years of age and have completed at least three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of their first degree. Individuals may apply up to one year after the completion of a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree. Applications submitted after that time will not be considered. Applicants must not have previously participated in the Agency’s internship programme;

A working (oral and written) knowledge of English is essential. Knowledge of other official Agency languages is an asset. Interns should be able to adapt to an international, multicultural, multilingual environment, have good communication skills and be able to work in a team.

Internship Fields

Interns are selected from candidates whose study disciplines are relevant to the Agency's work, including the following:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences/Humanities
  • Information Technology
  • Administration and Management

Continue to the full list of disciplines »

Hiring Departments

The Director General's Office for Policy, Office of Internal Oversight Services, Secretariat of the Policy Making Organs and Office of Nuclear Security cannot accept interns.

For information about other Departments, see Hiring Departments →

Life as an Intern

Benefits and Entitlements

The Agency does not consider interns to be staff members under the Staff Regulations and Rules, and they, therefore, do not enjoy the guarantees and entitlements provided by those Regulations and Rules. Interns are also not entitled to the privileges and immunities accorded by Member States to staff members of the Agency. The internship programme is not a means for subsequently obtaining employment at the Agency. However, interns may apply for vacancy notices as external candidates at any time during and following their internships.

For interns who do not receive full financial support from an institution, university or other source, a stipend shall be provided to assist basic subsistence costs during the internship period. During the application process, candidates will be asked whether or not they anticipate receiving financial support, in what amount, and whether or not they will be paying rent to a non-family third party during their internship.

The Agency provides medical insurance for the duration of an internship, unless an intern provides proof that he/she already has appropriate coverage. Interns are responsible for obtaining the necessary passport, visa or other documents that may be required for entering Austria or any other country where the internship will be performed. In Austria, non-Austrian interns who stay for more than six months will be issued a residency permit from the Austrian Foreign Ministry through the Agency which must be returned at the end of the internship.

Note: Internships are awarded on the basis of an individual agreement between the Agency and the intern. For this reason the Agency does not enter into any agreement with an organization or institution (for example, university) to which the intern is affiliated.

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Application Process and Opportunities

How To Apply

Applicants must apply to specific internship opportunities posted on the Internship web pages by completing an online Job Application Form.

All applicants must answer the mandatory filter questions and include two signed letters of recommendation. Please note that recommendation letters with electronic signatures are not acceptable.

Applicants who do not comply with the aforementioned guidelines or do not meet the essential requirements for IAEA internships will not be considered.

Current Internship Opportunities

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Last update: 8 March 2016