Most professional posts in the UN and other international organizations (IOs) require several years of experience and advanced degrees; however, there are a few programs in place to help highly qualified students and young professionals get their foot in the door. Visit the links to the left for more information about opportunities including internships, junior professional officer/associate expert positions, and young professionals programs. If your background does not fit the ideal description for these programs, please consider gaining experience by working for a relevant non-governmental organization, non-profit organization, or applying to volunteer with the Peace Corps. International organizations partner with different types of organizations in the field whose application processes are typically less competitive. Building required technical and language skills, and potentially working hand in hand with UN officials in the field, could make your application for a position with an international organization more competitive in the future. Visit the websites of the UN and other IOs to learn more about partnerships, as well as about consultant opportunities.