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Young Professionals Program

Esther Brimmer
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs
Washington, DC
July 31, 2012


Hello, I am Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. As United States officials, we encourage Americans to work at the United Nations.

Today’s global challenges require global solutions. Whether climate change, food security, regional conflicts, health crises, or other burning issues, the international community, in the form of its international organizations, must play a crucial role. You can help address some of the most interesting issues of our era by seeking a career in international affairs beginning with the United Nation’s Young Professionals Program. You can apply now to take the examination for this program.

The Young Professionals Program is a great opportunity for motivated young people looking for exciting opportunities, who want to work on important international issues.

Although the United States is the largest funder of the United Nations, and is actively engaged throughout the UN system, Americans remain underrepresented on the UN’s staff. Through the Young Professionals Program, you could help change that reality and join the ranks of the next generation of global leaders.

The 2012 examination focuses on applicants interested in Architecture, Economic Affairs, Information Systems and Communication Technology, Political Affairs, Radio Production, and Social Affairs. Applicants must meet age, education, and language criteria. The application period is open until September 12, 2012 and the examination will be held on December 9, 2012 in New York and San Francisco as well as in several international locations.

Visit to learn more about the requirements and application process. I encourage you to learn more about the Young Professionals Program examination, and to explore the exciting possibility of working for the United Nations.

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