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UN Young Professionals Programme - Applications open soon!


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Start a career with United Nations by applying for the UN YPP 2019!

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat. It consists of an entrance examination and professional development programmes once successful candidates start their career with the UN.

Applications will soon be open, so if you are a young, motivated professional who wants to make a difference, check the United Nations Careers website for more information!

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Who can apply?

The YPP examination is held once a year and is open to nationals of countries participating in the annual recruitment exercise. The list of participating countries is published annually and varies from year to year.

Basic application criteria:

  • You must have the nationality of a participating country.
  • You must hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam subject you are applying for.
  • You must be 32 or younger in the year of the examination.
  • You must be fluent in either English or French.

Please check the UN Careers website for the list of eligible countries.

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Examination structure

The examination process consists of a written and an oral stage (interview). 

What are the examination subject areas for 2019?

The examination subjects for 2019 are:

  • Economic Affairs
  • Information Systems and Technology

Check the UN YPP Flyer 2019 for more information and an estimated timeline!

Start preparing your application now!

This is a fantastic opportunity for Imperial Students to start a career in international civil service with the United Nations, so if you are interested, we recommend you start preparing your application as soon as possible, and check back to the UN YPP website regularly for updates!


Ben Bartram

Ben Bartram
Careers Service


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