INTERN - Translation Technologies [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

These internships are located with the Documentation Division, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) in New York. These internships are UNPAID and full-time, for a duration of two (2) months, with a possibility of extension, subject to the needs of the Department. Interns will work under the supervision of the gText Project Manager.


The interns will provide support to the gText Project, which delivers a web-based suite of language tools, including a computer-assisted translation tool (eLUNa), a terminology database (UNTERM) and machine translation solutions.

Examples of duties to be performed may include the following:

โ€ข Attend and support the preparation of remote meetings, conferences, workshops and other events related to language technologies;
โ€ข Participate in user support and training activities, including the preparation of training materials and user documentation and the compilation of relevant information related to language technologies and user feedback;
โ€ข Contribute to the UNTERM database maintenance through data review, clean-up and transfer of records;
โ€ข Liaise with users, focal points and local coordinators as needed in support of the implementation of terminology guidelines;
โ€ข Gather data for the improvement of language applications developed by the United Nations, in particular UNTERM, eLUNa and machine translation models.
โ€ข Perform other duties as needed.


Professionalism: Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration; ability to work under stress; pride in work and in achievements; Professional competence; conscientiousness and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; and persistence in the face of problems or challenges.

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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

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, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

(1) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(2) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
(3) Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation from an academic programme.

Applicants must also:
(1) Be computer-literate in standard software applications;
(2) Be familiar with computer-assisted translation and terminology management tools.

Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.

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 United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable. The official languages of the United Nations are: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


Candidates will be assessed based on their Personal History Profiles (PHP). Individual interviews and/or tests may be conducted for further assessment.

Special Notice

A completed online application (cover note and Personal History Profile) is required. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The cover note should include:

(1) Name of the degree programme and past or future graduation date;
(2) List of the IT skills and software programmes in which you are proficient; and
(3) An explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme and why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience (if any), education, skills, languages and three references.

These internships are available for commencement as soon as possible, for a duration of two (2) months, with a possibility of extension.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internshipโ€ฏremotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

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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