Org. Setting and Reporting
This internship position is located in the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS),
Investigations Division (ID), in New York and is available for a duration of two months, with
the possibility of extension, depending on the needs of the office.
The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns usually work five days per week (35 hours)
under the supervision of the Chief, Forensic Investigator in the department.
A flexible working schedule may be available to the intern, depending on the needs of the
office. To successfully complete the internship under a flexible schedule, the intern must
work the equivalent hours of a two-month full-time internship within no more than six months
from the beginning of the internship.
Responsibilities of the internship position encompass the following:
• Assist in collection, acquisition and examination of digital evidence including drafting of forensic analysis reports.
• Maintenance of digital forensic lab, equipment and digital evidence, including evidence backups.
• Individuals will work closely with the digital forensic investigator and investigation teams.
• An individual workplan will be developed for the intern to ensure the most meaningful engagement.
• 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
• 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
Planning & Organizing:
• 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
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 in Digital Forensics;
(b) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must
commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
(c) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum
Bachelor's level or equivalent).
• 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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the
internship programme. However, applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work
experience in their UN Personal History Profile (PHP).
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in
spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official
UN language is desirable. The official languages of the United Nations Secretariat are
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the Hiring Manager directly for further
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?)
•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.
•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.
Children and siblings of UN staff are not eligible for participation in the UN internship
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
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