Org. Setting and Reporting
The positions are in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources and in the Organizational Development Section. The internships are for three months with an opportunity for an extension of six months, depending on the needs of the department.
The internships are UNPAID and full-time. Interns normally work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Communications Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources, or a Staff Development Officer in the Organizational Development Section.
Students should consult with academic faculty to determine if this unpaid experience will earn credit.
For this job opening, we hire on a rolling basis, so early application is advised.
Do you want to serve a bigger cause? Are you someone who thrives on diversity and working together with people from all over the world?
The Organizational Development Section within the Office of Human Resources (OHR), Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC), of the United Nations in New York is seeking interns who are interested in joining a very dynamic and international office that is mandated to identify and respond to Organizational learning and development needs.
To address an ongoing need, we are seeking several interns specializing in a range of areas including Communications, Podcasting, Visual Design, Data Visualization, Filmmaking, Instructional Design, Industrial/Organisational/Occupational psychology, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Marketing, and/or other relevant fields.
Specific projects that you may be invited to assist with include:
(a) Global Orientation – ensuring that we welcome all new personnel effectively
(b) United to Respect – helping UN personnel to ensure a harmonious workplace
(c) Career Journey Podcast – inspiring through stories of UN colleagues across the world
(d) Mentoring programme – connecting colleagues online to facilitate learning
(e) Various communication campaigns, and other initiatives and related work
Examples of daily tasks we are seeking interns to assist with are listed below.
A. Provide administrative support
– Assist with the organization of meetings, interviews, and draft meeting notes
– Manage correspondence with clients and stakeholders
– Draft and prepare written documents for various purposes
– Design and maintain spreadsheets in support of projects and programmes
– Serve as “scrum leader” as we implement agile project management techniques
B. Conduct and present research and data
– Research, compile, draft and edit basic information for use in the preparation and production of communications
materials, often under tight deadlines.
– Assist with drafting reports based on quantitative or qualitative research and analysis.
– Plan, implement, and record results of focus groups or flash consultations.
– Prepare and implement measurement and evaluation plans
– Research podcast best practices in terms of technical tools, marketing, and interviewing.
C. Contribute to communication campaigns
– Design documents and design elements (e.g., icons, info briefs, reports, forms)
– Develop and design infographics or other data visualization
– Plan and draft posts for campaigns, message boards and communities of practice
– Contribute to video scripts and storyboards
– Support creation of podcasts: conduct interviews, edit content in Audacity software, transcribe content, produce
marketing materials and online promotions.
D. Design and develop videos, online learning experiences, and slide decks
– Design and/or develop learning activities in Moodle for an online course
– Produce and edit short videos for learning activities and marketing campaigns
– Prepare slide decks (e.g., PPT slides) and interactive quizzes (e.g., in Slido or Kahoot)
E. Support implementation of various HR (Human Resources) events, initiatives, and related work
– Help to plan and implement webinars, round tables, and other special events
– Organize and analyze data related to current projects
– Take on other projects as assigned
As part of this work, you will be asked to use various software and tools, learning how to use them, if necessary.
On completion of the internship, the successful candidate will have gained:
– An excellent understanding of the UN Secretariat, its structure and work;
– Knowledge of the challenges of communications and/or organizational learning in a multicultural environment and
within an inter-governmental organization;
– Writing for public information and communications in an international context;
– Extensive exposure to managers and other personnel of the UN Secretariat and throughout the UN System.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
1. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(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. Be computer literate in standard software applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel)
3. Have a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
4. 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.
5. Be familiar and interested in international relations and equal representation of women and gender mainstreaming.
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.
Though not required, having a background in communications, instructional design, visual design, data visualization (e.g., using Power BI), visual design, video development and editing, podcasting, industrial/organisational/occupational psychology, marketing, organizational development, and/or other relevant fields is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. 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.
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 internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
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?)
– List your IT skills: programs and software that you are proficient in or familiar with.
– 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.
Also, in your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, 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, 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.
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 “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.
Check with your school’s Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting the hiring offer to determine if this position satisfies the criteria for receiving academic credit.
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