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Intern – HR Administration & Programme Management

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United Nations Internship in NYC: HR Administration & Programme Management

  • Duty Station: New York, United States
  • Posting Period: 03 March 2020 – 02 May 2020

The United Nations Junior Professional Officer Programme, administered by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)/ Capacity Development Programme Management Office (CDPMO), is looking for a motivated student/graduate to support the daily HR/office administration. For more information about the Office, please see, https://www.un.org/development/desa/capacity-development/

The internship in Human Resources Management within DESA/CDPMO is for a minimum of two (2) months with an opportunity for extension, subject to the needs of the department.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under supervision of staff in the respective office.

Internship description

Under the overall guidance of the Human Resources Officer, UN JPO Programme, CDPMO, and the direct supervision of the Associate Programme Management Officer, UN JPO Programme, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists in the day to day HR activities of the UN JPO Programme (i.e. reviewing JPO job descriptions, support the pre-screening of JPO applications, preparing vacancy lists,
  • maintaining JPO database and other administrative tasks);
  • Assists in communication with counterparts in UN offices and departments
  • Assists in updating and maintaining the content of the JPO Programme website (using WordPress);
  • Assists in creating web-based learning material and resources for JPOs across the globe;
  • Assists in the organization of outreach activities (e.g. brown bag lunches, webinars, presentations);
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 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
  • Planning & Organizing: -Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; -Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; – Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; – Uses time efficiently.
  • 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

The intern is expected to:

  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the 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, the following conditions must be met:

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. Knowledge of French or another official UN language will be considered an asset.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the 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.


All interns assigned to a UN Organization, including Funds and Programmes, at a United States based duty station, i.e. New York or Washington, who are not United States citizens or United States legal permanent residents (LPR) and who are undertaking an internship in which they would work 35 hours or more per week, must have a visa status that allows them to undertake the internship.

Prospective interns who are already in the United States in a non-immigrant visa status other than a G-4 visa (e.g., an F-1, G-1, G-3 visa, etc.) are responsible for ensuring that they have an appropriate, valid visa and, if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship. Some of these interns may need to apply for a change of status to G-4 prior to joining the United Nations for an internship.

Prospective interns who are already in the United States in F-1 student visa status, have the necessary employment authorization and seek to work at the United Nations within the scope of their F-1 visa, do not need to seek a change of status to participate in a United Nations internship programme. 

Prospective Interns in F-1 status who wish to undertake an internship following the completion of their academic programme as part of Optional Practical Training (OPT) may need to seek a change of visa status to G-4 and should consult their academic institution.

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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