• Added Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 29 January 2023
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Org. Setting and Reporting

We seek motivated interns to support the work of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC). The UNOCC is a multi-party entity reporting to the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Policy in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) and on peacekeeping matters to the USG for Peace Operations in the Department of Peace Operations. The UNOCC supports UN senior leadership decision-making through the delivery of situational awareness, cross-pillar analytics, preventive engagement, and crisis and risk management. The internship is UNPAID and may be either full-time or part-time. It should be noted that full-time internship working hours are 35 hours per week, while part-time internship working hours are 20 hours per week. The internship will be undertaken either remotely outside the duty station or in a hybrid working arrangement at the UN Premise, New York, United States.


Support monitoring and analysis of country and thematic risks, aligned to UN system-wide
โ€ข Assist in preparing visual slides and analytics for senior UN leadership using standard
methodology and templates; help process, organize, and transcribe structured surveys to
support evidence-based decision making
โ€ข Assist in the preparation of talking points and other senior-level correspondence; participate
in meetings and prepare summaries; support the tracking and analysis of senior-level
decisions and their implementation
โ€ข Maintain and develop data sets, dashboards, and standard briefing material
โ€ข Support delivery of presentations to Member States, including by compiling, processing, and
visualizing information in a collaborative setting under time pressure
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience, but are encouraged to list
relevant work experiences in their application, as well as interests, skills, and knowledge in
the areas below:
โ€ข Interest in international affairs, policy analysis, performance optimization
โ€ข Experience in analysis, analytic tools and data management techniques
โ€ข Strong presentation, design, data visualization skills
โ€ข Data competency and experience


โ€ข Shows ability to monitor and analyze political, human rights, humanitarian, operational, and security developments, making sense of a broad range of information and data to draw insight
โ€ข Demonstrates the skill and knowledge necessary to produce visual presentations and briefs on substantive issues
โ€ข Shows willingness to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in professional situations
โ€ข Applies an exceptional level of attention to detail to all tasks

โ€ข Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
โ€ข Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
โ€ข Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
โ€ข Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
โ€ข Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

โ€ข A motivated self-starter able to use initiative to solve problems and work reliably to a high standard with minimal supervision
โ€ข Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve team goals
โ€ข Actively seeks to apply technology across tasks


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following
conditions must be met:
1. (a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university
degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree
programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent).
2. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and standard office automation
3. Keen interest in the work of the UN and personal commitment to the ideals of the UN
Charter. 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.
4. Data analysis and visualization skills and proficiency in related software applications (e.g.
Microsoft Power BI, SharePoint, Tableau) are a strong advantage.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required (written and oral). Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

The United Nations does not financially remunerate interns. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents, or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa and, if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship. For internships outside the United States, interns who are not citizens of the country, permanent residents, or not currently in the country's non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a valid visa and work permit, allowing them to undertake the internship.

Applicants who are children or siblings (including stepchildren, half-siblings, or stepsiblings) of a staff member and sons or daughters-in-law may not be engaged as an intern.

We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least 2 months. In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that start and end dates are flexible.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must also include:
โ€ขTitle of degree you are currently pursuing.
โ€ขGraduation Date (When will you be/are graduating/have graduated from the programme?)
โ€ขList the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
โ€ขList your top three areas of interest and please explain how your interests, skills and knowledge match either the strategic support or the analytics track.
โ€ขExplain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship โ€ข 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, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.

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 โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ 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 โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ 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 perpetratorโ€™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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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 โ€œManualsโ€ 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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