Internship at United Nations
  • Voluntarily
  • New York

Applications are open for Internship at United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs for Social Sciences.

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) / Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) / Capacity Development and Partnerships Coordination Section (CDPCS) – the internship is for two months with the opportunity for 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) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

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Responsibilities of the interns:

Daily responsibilities will 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, including 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 relevant to the work of the Division on youth issues
  • Conducting research on policy-related issues and monitoring developments 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

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. 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.

P.S. – English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. 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.


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  • The selected applicants will get the opportunity to gain experience by directly working with United Nations (Department of Economic and Social Affairs).
  • Work under direct supervision of the professional staff of the assigned office


  1. Education and Skills
  • Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

(a)   Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

(b)  Be enrolled 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.

  • Be computer literate in standard software applications.
  • 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, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme.


  1. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  2. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits 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; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  3. Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains 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 and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. 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, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: April 23, 2019

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