United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Internship 2019 in Chile
  • Voluntarily

The internship in the Division of International Trade and Integration of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile will last 2 to 6 months, depending on the needs of the Office. Candidates may be selected throughout the posting period, on an “as-needed” basis.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region’s economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities.

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Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the internship period. Duties may include:

  • Processing statistics and performing econometrics
  • Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents
  • Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings
  • Document, legal and internet research
  • Assistance during conferences
  • Working on web-presentations
  • Media analysis

Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (work five days per week; 35 hours) in the Division/Section to which they are assigned, but they may undertake flexible working arrangements, subject to certain conditions.

The internship is UNPAID. All costs of travel and accommodation, including living expenses, must be covered by the intern or any relevant sponsoring institution. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above for a period of six months following the end of their internship.

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 its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.


The selected applicants will get the opportunity to work with one of the regional commissions of the United Nations during the internship period.



  • Professionalism
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Accountability


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

  • 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); or

(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

  • For this internship, studies in the area of economics, international relations, law and statistics is desirable.

Work Experience

Although applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, experience in areas related to international trade and integration is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an asset.

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 or what has he/she studied?)
  • 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 top three areas of interest
  • Explain why he/she the best candidate for this specific internship.

In the online Personal History Profile, be sure 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. Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills and expertise.

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Application Deadline: May 10, 2019

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For Further Queries

Please visit www.eclac.org for further information.
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