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Articles by author: Fair Internship Initiative

Articles by author:

Fair Internship Initiative

75 years of UNfair internships ?!

As the United Nations turns 75 years old in October, it is time for all of us to reflect on what the UN has and has not achieved over all those years. For many young people, the lack of payment of interns within the UN Secretariat is one of the failures that the UN...

United Nations’ Invisible Workforce

Unequal gender norms and sexism makes women and interns more vulnerable within our Organisation. According to the 2018 review of UN internship programmes, from 2009 to 2015 female interns made up 56% of all UN Secretariat interns, with male counterparts accounting for...

UN secretariat lagging behind on internship reform

By Fair Internship Initiative Mr. Guterres, why do you think interns should not be paid? It has been known for some time now that the UN Secretariat policy on internships requires reform. In 2018, the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) identified 16 benchmarks that...