Job Vacancies Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Position: Intern – Social Sciences
Department/ Office Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Friday, 10 February 2012
Job Opening number 12-SOC-DESA-22558-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the Office.
DESA’s mission – to promote development for all – reflects a fundamental concern for equity and equality in countries large and small, developed and developing, works on issues ranging from poverty reduction, population, gender equality and indigenous rights to macroeconomic policy, development finance, public sector innovation, forest policy, climate change and sustainable development. The Department also supports the effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days a week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to which they will be assigned. More information on the Secretariat is available at: http://www.un.org/disabilities.
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 drafting and preparing official documents
Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings
Researching documents, including legal and internet research
Assisting in the preparation and convening of conferences
Evaluation of projects
Compiling data and statistics
Assisting in public information and media activities
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 whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
The intern is expected to:
Have 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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations New York Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
Applicant must be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or higher); or
If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate stages, have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.
Be computer literate in standard software applications.
Applications 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.
A completed online application (Cover Note and personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
Graduate Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
Graduation Date (When will you be graduating 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.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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