UNU-INWEH Youth Mentorship Programme – Embedded Learning Experience (ELE)

UNU-INWEH Youth Mentorship Programme – Embedded Learning Experience (ELE)

Are you a young professional, preferably under 30 and interested in international development research and policy? Are you interested in global issues of water, environment and health? If so, UNU-INWEH’s Embedded Learning Experience programme may be for you. Designed specifically for young professionals, it aims to equip young scholars to be the water leaders of the future – to drive change in how water is managed and governed.

Through ELE, scholars who are enrolled in a graduate programme of an accredited university are able to gain practical experience working in the UN system. Participants work as part of the UNU-INWEH team, assisting programme coordinators on live projects such as Innovative Wastewater Management & Reuse and Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals. This gives unique professional experience in the management of UNU-INWEH research programmes, helping gain expertise that is not typically offered in an academic setting.

How can young people participate in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals? How can they drive the sustainable development and transformational change agenda? As part of ELE, scholars will gain valuable insight and professional experience through hand’s on work and mentoring by senior UNU-INWEH researchers. This goal is for them to become champions, encouraging other young people’s involvement in contributing to the global development agenda.

Dr Nidhi Nagabhatla, ELE programme coordinator

Our ELE scholars currently come from Canada and South Korea. We are expanding to welcome scholars from other countries. As a part of the programme, ELE scholars help deliver UNU-INWHEH research activities that are in action in developing countries.

If you think that the UNU-INWEH ELE Programme can help you achieve your career goals, please contact us and submit your ELE application. We will be pleased to explain more and discuss options with you.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic Qualifications & Fields of Interest: The candidate should be registered in a bachelor’s degree programme or equivalent degree programme in an area relevant to UNU-INWEH’s field of work.
  • Skills and expertise: Good knowledge of spoken and written English; knowledge of other UN languages is an asset; good communication skills, initiative and flexibility; eager to learn, comfortable working in a multicultural setting; a commitment to international public service; good knowledge of Microsoft Office and related tools.

  • The ELE programme assignments are for minimum one month
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage for the entire period of the programme is required.
  • All applicants should organize a letter of recommendation and a cover letter along with the application form. Further documents may be requested only if shortlisted.

Current and past scholars

Leia Jones (Current, 2018)
McGill University, Canada

Alix Debray (Current, 2018)
National School for Water and Environmental Engineering, Strasbourg, France
French Railway Company (SNCF)
Jetal Agnihotri (Current, 2017)
NSERC Canadian FloodNet Network, McMaster University, Canada
Jiseok Park (2017)
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology(GIST), South Korea
Eunjung Lee (2017)
York University, Canada
Jiyun Nam (2017)
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology(GIST), South Korea
Jisoo Sohn (2017)
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology(GIST), South Korea
Soojin Lee (2017)
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology(GIST), South Korea
SuKyong Yun (2017)
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology(GIST), South Korea
Preethi Anbalagan (2016)
McMaster University, Canada


At UNU-INWEH, while researching the impact of water quality, quantity, and extreme events on ‘human migration’ I got an opportunity to apply science based evidence and knowledge to real worlds water and human security related issues. The experience helped me to get holistic and different perspective of water and migration issues around the world. It’s a great institute where you can see how everyone is working to make a better world for both environment and human.

Jisoo Sohn

UNU-INWEH allowed me to do research on topics of my interest that overlaps with the thematic mandate of UNU INWEH’s work. I researched production and trade trends of capture fisheries and aquaculture, and impacts of dams and climate change on these sectors at various scales-global to regional to local. The experience allowed me allowed me to grasp inter-disciplinary knowledge from various fields such as economy, society, environment and science. I would like to advice all young professionals to take advantage of the ELE programme.

Soojin Lee

My time at UNU-INWEH provided me an opportunity to understand how United Nation organizations cooperate in achieving sustainable development goals. I started my research from understanding 7 main agreement including outcomes of COP21. Among them, I mainly focused on the New Urban Agenda & Habitat III to explore its connect with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) targets. Taking note of UNU-INWEH’s role as a bridge between researchers and water policymakers, understanding how information and knowledge flows in the making of water policy was of vital importance for me. If you are interested in understanding how the United Nations systems operates to impact affects real societies, it would be a great chance for you to consider undertaking the ELE programme.

Sukyong Yun

How to Apply

An ELE scholar is placed for a tenure of one month (minimum) to up to a year (maximum) full-time or part-time commitment.

To apply to the UNU-INWEH’s ELE Programme, complete the following steps:

  • Ensure you satisfy the Eligibility Criteria.
  • Fill out the required application documents.
  • Email or fax your application to the UNU-INWEH ELE Coordinator.

Please note:
Only complete applications will be considered.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Your internship application will be considered valid for 3 months from the submission date.
If applicants do not receive a response within 3 months of submission, the application has not been retained.

Application Documents

  1. A Completed Application Form: Download (MS Word) or (PDF)
  2. A Cover Letter that Includes:
    • A brief statement of purpose.
    • Why you think an ELE programme would be a valuable opportunity.
    • A note on your expectations for the programme.
    • The letter should be written in English (1-page max.).
    • The letter should be addressed to the UNU-INWEH ELE programme Coordinator.
  3. A Copy of Your University Transcript:
  4. Undergraduate or Graduate transcript. Unofficial is acceptable.

    Email your application to:
    Subject Line: ELE Programme Application

  5. Two Letters of Recommendation:
  6. Signed scanned copies sent by your two referees directly to:
    (Subject Line: “REFERENCE LETTER = INTERNSHIP = Candidate’s Last Name and First Name”)
    (Cover Page Subject Line: “INTERNSHIP APPLICATION, Candidate’s Last Name and First Name”)