United Nations Graduate Student Internship

The APA graduate student internship provides an opportunity for students interested in international psychology to work with APA's NGO representatives at the United Nations. Interns work with the volunteer APA U.N. representatives accredited to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and to the Department of Information to help implement APA’s mission of promoting psychology as a science and profession that is relevant to the U.N.'s global agenda. This involves assisting the APA U.N. representatives with organizing events such as the annual Psychology Day and working with them on NGO committees and other psychology-related events. Interns will have a U.N. NGO grounds pass and will have an opportunity to observe the work of the U.N. and other NGOs. The one-year position lasts from late August through June of each year.

Opportunities for interns include:

  • Witnessing diplomatic negotiations on current global issues
  • Participating in U.N.-NGO committee meetings (e.g., Child Rights, Aging, Families, Status of Women, Sustainable Development, Migration)
  • Attending Thursday briefings organized by the U.N. Department of Public Information
  • Monthly meetings (on Thursdays) with the APA U.N. team and Psychology Day planning committee
  • Working collaboratively on writing projects

Apply Now for the 2018-19 Internship

Deadline: May 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET

Applicants must be students who will be enrolled full time in a psychology graduate program from September 2018 through June 2019. Students must be available at least each Thursday during this period and must live in or close to New York City so that transportation to and from the U.N. is reasonable and manageable. Interns are expected to work collaboratively as a member of a team, and with peers and senior psychologists on publications. In addition, interns must be student affiliates of the APA by the time they begin the internship in late August.

How to Apply

Submit the application below and include the information in the file upload links below:

  1. Statement of Interest: A 500-word statement about yourself that address the following questions: 
    a) What is your current course of study? 
    b) What is your interest in the position? In your response, be sure to describe any relevant international and/or diversity experience.
  2. Curriculum Vitae: A two-page CV detailing your most recent and relevant experience.
  3. Letter of Recommendation: A letter of recommendation from a faculty member with whom you have had at least one semester of recent contact.


Application material may be submitted through the online form or emailed to Teresa Ober. When submitting application material, please be sure to send files as a .pdf and title the files with “YourLastname_2018_” followed by the name of the document. If you have any questions about the application process, please email.