The virtual internship program at UNU C3 aims to engage who are interested in getting acquainted with and taking an active part in the day-to day-operations of an ICT department of a global university, from networking to disaster recovery to planning to end-user issues. Interns will work remotely to further their skills development in a range of ICT areas under guidance and supervision.


The ideal candidate

  • is majoring or has majored in a computing related degree or is currently pursuing or has recently completed postgraduate studies (master’s or doctoral), preferably in a computing related field;
  • is able to demonstrate a passion for a particular area of computing, be it software development, networking, user interface design, etc;
  • is familiar with virtual communication and collaboration methods;
  • is proficient in written and spoken English;
  • demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving;
  • possesses Web design experience

Working Environment and Conditions

An internship with C3 is a chance to be part of a dynamic, multi-cultural team. C3 operates a flat department structure so all staff are accessible and easy to talk to.

Work Assignments

Interns in C3 have the opportunity to engage in a number of ongoing projects, which include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • ICT strategies
  • Exploring viable ways of integrating more open source software into our computing environment and operations
  • Federated authentication and SSO mechanisms
  • Global campus infrastructures
  • Virtualization and cloud computing
  • SAN
  • Monitoring solutions
  • Information security and networking
  • Infrastructure management automation tools
  • Lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments
  • Database clustering and load balancing
  • NoSQL and Hadoop in big data applications
  • Content management systems
  • Use of modeling, adaptation and personalization technologies to design intelligent websites and information portals
  • Open source indexing and related technologies such as ElasticSearch and Blacklight
  • Data mining (e.g., keyword extraction, text analysis, topic visualization)
  • Applications of crowdsourcing/collective intelligence in support of UN initiatives
  • Applications of social networking to support knowledge sharing and intellectual debates on possible solutions to global pressing problems
  • Database security using advances from cryptography
  • Mobile apps development (visual voice mail and news reader are some examples of previous projects)
  • Improve programming skills in PHP, JavaScript, Python, Perl, Ajax & CSS, web frameworks (e.g., Angular.js)

Program Features

A six-month project based, hands-on internship with flexible working arrangement and possibility of extension; Remote collaboration with occasional virtual team meeting using Internet technologies; A project presentation prior to completion of the internship (optional), and End of program evaluation (both intern’s performance evaluation and program evaluation by the intern).

Program Benefits

The program provides both tangible and intangible benefits for the interns, which include, but are not limited to: An opportunity to gain valuable international experience and expand global professional network; A great opportunity to learn how technology fits into a United Nations Agency; A certificate of internship confirming that the scheduled assignment has been undertaken and completed as well as a written recommendation upon successful completion of the internship.


The interns are required to commit 15-20 hours per week for at least six months. To build a mutual bonding, the interns also are required to sign an agreement of rights and responsibilities.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are requested to submit the required documents below (in English) and apply online:

  • Cover letter (including areas of interest)
  • CV
  • Academic record/transcript (can be unofficial)

We also welcome initiatives and would consider any interesting project proposals put forward by the successful candidate. If you would like to learn more about being an intern, submit your inquiry using the Contact Form.


This is a non-remuneration position. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. C3 offers equal opportunities to all applicants without discrimination of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, etc. Applications from suitably qualified women candidates or candidates from developing countries are encouraged.