UN Internship Program 2019
Applications are now open for the UN Internship Program 2019.The internship is for two months with the opportunity but there can be an extension up to a total of six months depending on the needs of the Division.
The internship is UNPAID and full time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) but under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include but are not limited to:
Undertake literature reviews on social development issues;
Compile and analyze data and statistics on social development issues but includes inequality, employment and decent work, social integration and social protection, among others.
Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents and papers.
Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings but must be relevant to the work of the Division on youth issues.
Conducting research on policy-related issues and monitoring developments but must be in the fields of youth, family, and aging.
Assisting in the preparation of meetings and workshops; preparing materials, taking minutes, and other logistical elements where necessary.
Assisting in the update of social media outreach tools – facebook, twitter, website.
Assisting in the preparation and drafting of speeches for colleagues and senior staff.
Assist in managing inquiries and requests from civil society and the public.
Importance of recruiting the staff considerations.
The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in it is principal and subsidiary organs.
The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Note– English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
The selected applicants will get the opportunity to gain experience by directly working with United Nations (Department of Economic and Social Affairs).
But will only work under direct supervision of the professional staff of the assigned office.
Education and Skills
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Enrolment in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent or higher);
(b) or in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
Ensure you are computer literate in standard software applications.
But must have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs but which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Fluency in spoken and written English.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively but ability to listen to others is a treasure , correctly interprets messages from others but must be able to respond appropriately.
Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
Tailors language, tone, style and format but must be able to match the audience.
Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; but must be able to solicit input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision; but must be able to share credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; but must must be able to establishand maintain productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.
Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed but anticipate problems.
Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is an asset. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
Degree Programme (What is the applicant currently studying?)
Graduation Date (When will he/she graduate or when did he/she graduate from the programme?)
List the IT skills and programmes that he/she is proficient in.
List the top three areas of interest.
Explain why he/she is the best candidate for this specific internship.
Explain his/her interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
In the online Personal History Profile, it is suggested to include all past work experiences, IT skills and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, they contact ONLY successful candidates.
Visit the Official Website of the UN Internship Program 2019 for more details.