US Citizens: UN Announces 2010 National Competitive Recruitment Exam

New York, NY
August 24, 2010

** Media Note **


US Citizens: UN Announces 2010 National Competitive Recruitment Exam

In pursuing President Obama’s “new era of engagement,” the United States has dramatically changed our course at the  United Nations, working to make Americans safer, create a more peaceful, prosperous world, and transform the UN into a more cost-effective and responsive organization that is better equipped to meet 21st-century challenges.

The United Nations is seeking qualified American citizens at the entry-level to apply for select occupational areas by first taking its national recruitment exam. Citizens must meet the below list of requirements. Application submission deadline is September 19, 2010.

The exam will be held in New York City and San Francisco on December 1, 2010 and travel expenses will not be paid. The UN will consider up to 40 applicants for each occupational area.

Registration information, including practice tests and example essay questions, can be obtained at or

UN CRITERIA (all must be met) for the examination include:

·         Be no more than 32 years old as of December 31, 2010.


·         Have at least an undergraduate degree (advanced degree is an advantage, but is not required) in one of the following occupational fields or related areas:

·         Administration

·         Demography

·         Economics

·         Human Rights

·         Legal Affairs

·         Radio Producer (only for Arabic, Chinese, and French)

·         Security

·         Statistics

·         Web Design/Development


·         Be fluent in English and/or French, the two working languages of the United Nations.

Knowledge of additional official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish) could be an advantage.