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Org. Setting and Reporting

These internships are located in the Division for Management (DM), Human Resources Management Services (HRMS), Staff Development Unit (SDU), United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will be under the supervision of the Chief, Staff Development Unit.

The internships are for a duration of 6 months. There are several openings available, with various starting times throughout 2019, the first opening to be filled in mid-July 2019.

The internships are UNPAID and full-time; interns work five days per week (40 hours).

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The intern shall deliver a wide range of administrative and office support functions for a which may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Undertakes independent projects to include research, drafting training proposals, presentations on various training and development–related topics;
• Prepares training-related statistics and gathering other data from existing databases, as required;
• Provides support in preparation of training workshops and meetings, to include scheduling, review and preparation of materials, registrations, etc.;
• Contributes to Unit’s outreach activities which many include training needs analysis, client satisfaction surveys and course evaluations, as well as regularly reviewing and updating content on Intranet, and marketing and promoting various training programmes;
• Participates in team meetings, prepares minutes and helps to coordinate follow-up activities;
• Assists with the administration of UNOV/UNODC’s language, internship, field office training and other programmes, as needed;
• Helps other team members in peak times with the coordination of various learning and development activities;
• Performs other duties to support the small team, as needed.


• 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, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Establishes effective working relationships with internal contacts at all levels and from all backgrounds.

• Planning & Organizing: Effective organizational skills and ability to handle a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


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 (OFFICIAL PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY IN SUPPORT OF ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS HAS TO BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION)

•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; and

•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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration.

Special Notice

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 are you currently studying/what did you study?)

•Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)

•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in

•List your top three areas of interest for your internship

•Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

•Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your 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.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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