Apply to be NGO Youth Rep at UN

Call for Applications:  NAFSA NGO Youth Delegate at the United Nations

NOW Accepting applications. Applications received on a rolling basis. Apply as soon as possible to be considered.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators‘ United Nations Member Interest Group (UN MIG) is accepting applications for undergrad/ graduate students to work as a NAFSA youth representative at the UN. This is a volunteer unpaid position for students who are especially interested in global affairs/NGOs/higher education. NGO youth reps work in collaboration with 2 other NAFSA university designated representatives at the UN to help further the team’s mission of fostering global citizens by providing opportunities for youth to engage with the UN’s global agenda. This involves assisting the NAFSA UN team with organizing events to engage youth with the NGO/UN community, assisting with UN visits, attending high-level UN events, participating in International Day of Peace, UN Academic Impact Initiative events and more. In past, we have helped plan the UN’s first International Education Day at the UN. Youth delegates will have a UN NGO badge to enter the UN and will have the best experiential learning opportunity to observe the work of the UN and its NGOs. 

Responsibilities of the Youth Delegate Position Include:

  • Attending (3) monthly virtual or in person (as allowed) NGO briefings in NYC at the UN, organized by the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC) and writing a brief summary on NAFSA blog to be shared with NAFSA community
  • Meeting with members of the NAFSA UN rep team to strategize UN/NGO youth engagement activities and programs
  • Participating in planning events virtually or at UN (as allowed) and networking with other UN NGO youth representatives at the UN
  • Working approx 5-10 hours (flexible) a week with NAFSA NGO UN representatives to help run a virtual UN/NGO Canvas course and participating in UN-NGO virtual or in person (as able) committee meetings & events
  • Updating social media for NAFSA UN Member Interest Group members via Facebook, email listserve posting UN meetings/events and information
  • Act as an ambassador to student visitors at the UN, meet them at UN, escort them into UN for Thursday NGO briefings/events, encourage guests to write articles for blog, share photos, spread the word to academic community about unique opportunity to go to UN through NAFSA.


For this position, applicants must be between 18- 32 years old (UN rule) and enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program while serving in this role. Ideally applicants live in or close to New York City so that transportation to and from the UN is reasonable and manageable. No stipend or remuneration is offered for this position. Youth delegates are expected to be self-starters, mature, ability to work with minimal supervision, culturally competent, dedicated, have a diplomatic personal style, excellent writing and communication/social media skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with peers, senior NGO reps, UN officials and others. Fluency in another language helpful but not required.

How to Apply:    Applications should be submitted electronically to:

Please use this heading in your email subject line: “NAFSA YOUTH REP (include your name)

An application must include the following 4 items:

  1. A statement of interest from you about this position and why you are the best candidate. Describe any relevant experience related to this position (Cover letter)
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. One letter of recommendation from a current or recent faculty member (that includes their contact information). In addition, we will need the name of a faculty member at your current school who is willing to serve as a point person for NAFSA UN MIG leaders to contact regarding your experience at the UN while you are serving.
  4. Answer the UN Placement Questionnaire below and include the Questionnaire in your application on a separate page.

****Questionnaire **Please include your answers to these questions in your application:
Please list any International experience:
Future plans after graduation:
What strengths will you bring to the UN placement?
What do you think you will find most challenging?

Please tell us a bit about your experience in the following areas:
Computer skills: Please list programs
Written communication:
Oral communication:
Ability to participate in a team:
Ability to work independently:
Attention to details:
Dependability in completing assignments:

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