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United Nations Jobs: Legal Intern [Temporary]

  • Posting Title: Legal Intern, I (Temporary Job Opening)
  • Department/Office: Office of Legal Affairs
  • Duty Station: New York, United States
  • Posting Period: 31 October 2019 – 29 December 2019
  • Job Opening Number: 19-Legal Affairs-OLA-126170-J-New York (A)

The Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs (DOALOS/OLA) is recruiting interns for the period from January 2020 to June 2020. We are seeking motivated applicants who wish to gain professional experience in ocean affairs and the law of the sea within an international organization in order to supplement their knowledge, skills and studies. This internship will provide practical experience in ocean affairs and the law of the sea and an opportunity to work in a multicultural, intergovernmental organization. Under supervision, interns are assigned to projects and tasks which will provide them with the opportunity to apply and further develop their knowledge in ocean affairs and the law of the sea.

This internship is for an initial period of two months, without leave, and with the possibility of extension depending on the needs of the department.

The internship is NOT PAID 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.

Travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas), and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern or their sponsoring entities.

Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any position in the professional categories within the UN Secretariat for a period of six (6) months following the end of their Internship. Any employment with the UN at that point in time shall be subject to established recruitment and selection procedures.


Responsibilities of internship positions range widely, encompassing many aspects of DOALOS/ OLA’s work.

These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Assistance in conducting legal research on issues related to ocean affairs and the law of the sea using multiple research resources.
Assistance in the review of legal documents, instruments or other material.
Assistance in drafting and preparing official and legal documents.
Attending and taking notes at conferences and meetings.
Assistance in servicing conferences and meetings.
Working on website and/or presentations.
Perform other duties as assigned.


Applicants must demonstrate a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations. They must have an ability to work effectively in a team in a multicultural environment, and to work collaboratively with colleagues and external counterparts. In addition, they must have good drafting and oral communication skills, and be computer literate in standard software applications.

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.

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.

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Applicants to the United Nations Internship Programme must at the time of application 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;

Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;

Have an interest and/or relevant education/work experience in ocean affairs and the law of the sea; 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.

Work Experience

Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, the field of study should be closely related to the published internship position.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official working language, i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish, is an advantage.


Due to the large number of applications, ONLY shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly by Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea. Interviews may be held with applicants.

Special Notice


Please create and complete a Personal History Profile (PHP) and a cover letter in the UN e-Recruitment platform, Inspira, at https://inspira.un.org. In your PHP, please indicate if you are
proficient in the English language.

Applications will be considered INCOMPLETE if the Cover Letter is missing any of the following details below. PLEASE NOTE THAT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE FURTHER REVIEWED.

1. Title of the degree currently being pursued and the specific subjects taken;
2. Expected graduation date from the degree programme, or graduation date if graduated within the past year;
3. A description as to why you believe you are qualified for this specific internship as a result of your education and/or work experience in the field of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea.
4. A description of why you are interested in the United Nations Internship Programme.
5. A clear indication of the time frame of your availability for the internship during the period between January 2020 and June 2020.
6. The IT skills and programmes in which you are proficient.

In your online INSPIRA Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all relevant information concerning your education and work experience, if applicable, with special emphasis on ocean affairs and the law of the sea, as well as IT skills, and three references.

*The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in the organization. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this internship programme.

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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