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United Nations Internship in NYC: Information Systems & Communication Technology [Temporary]

Duty Station: New York City, United States

Posting Period: 28 January 2020 – 27 January 2021

UN ICT Internship description

The internship with the Inter-organizational and Inter-institutional Support Branch (IISB) of the Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development (OISC) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) is for three to four months, with an opportunity for extension, pending the needs of the Department. 

For more information, please see, https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/454160

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

IISB/OISC of UN-DESA is responsible for managing the website of ECOSOC and the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) for Sustainable Development. The Branch is responsible for providing information technology and communications services to the Division. It produces and manages content for the web as well as supports operations in the form of network administration and systems development.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in maintaining the ECOSOC and HLPF website platform;
  • Building and enhancing online modules used by ECOSOC and HLPF websites;
  • Creating online data reporting tools;
  • Using a range of technologies and frameworks such as Drupal, PHP, HTML, CSS, Java Script, Grails, and SQL databases;
  • Providing support for presentations (powerpoint/videos) during the intergovernmental meetings;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

  • Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
  • Technological Awareness: Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office

The intern is expected to:

  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, 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;

Be computer literate in standard software applications.

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 Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of a second United Nations official language is an asset.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly 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?)
  • 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.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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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