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Intern – Economic Affairs

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United Nations Internship in NYC, USA: Economic Affairs [Temporary]

Duty Station: New York, United States

Posting Period: 24 February 2020 – 31 December 2020

The Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the department. For more information about the Office, please see, http://unohrlls.org/.

The internship is UNPAID and fulltime. 

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.

Internship description

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: 

  • Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, 
  • Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings,
  • Document, legal and internet research,
  • Assistance during conferences,
  • Working on webpresentation,
  • Evaluation of projects,
  • Compiling statistics,
  • Media analysis,
  • Speechwriting

Internship requirements


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

  • Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectivelyListens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriatelyAsks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having twoway communicationTailors language, tone, style and format to match the audienceDemonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 
  • Teamwork:Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goalsSolicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from othersPlaces team agenda before personal agendaSupports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. 
  • Client Orientation:Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of viewEstablishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respectIdentifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutionsMonitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problemsKeeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projectsMeets timeline for delivery of products or services to client. 

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 include 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 to the programme must at the time of application 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); 

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 an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


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.


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. (They will be required to obtain G4 visas prior to joining the United Nations for an internship.)

Prospective interns who are already in the United States in a nonimmigrant visa status other than a G4 visa (e.g., an F1, G1, G3 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 G4 prior to joining the United Nations for an internship.

Prospective interns who are already in the United States in F1 student visa status, have the necessary employment authorization and seek to work at the United Nations within the scope of their F1 visa, do not need to seek a change of status to participate in a United Nations internship programme. 

Prospective Interns in F1 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 G4 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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