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Political Affairs Intern: Conducting research in the areas of interest to the Mediation Support Unit (MSU), PMD/DPPA

New York City

  • Organization: UNDPA - United Nations Department of Political Affairs
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • International Relations
    • Political Affairs
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-23

Work Location
New York, USA
Expected duration
6 months. Desired start date is 2 September 2024, or sooner.
Duties and Responsibilities
This internship is located in the Mediation Support Unit (MSU), Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The internship is for six months. This internship is UNPAID, part-time (20 hours per week) and hybrid (a few days per week in-person on the United Nations premises in New York, USA and remote in New York, USA). Responsibilities: Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, the nature of specific projects underway in the Unit, and the internship’s timeframe. Duties may include, but are not limited to: • Conducting research in the areas of interest to the Unit, such as mediation and dialogue, security arrangements, digital technologies, or gender and inclusion; • Conducting research on MSU priority conflict and peace process settings; • Drafting and preparing official or background documents for review; • Attending meetings with mediation support clients, partner entities and organizations and preparing summary notes of meetings, conferences, and seminars; • Providing logistical and other assistance in organizing conferences, seminars, meetings, and interactive workshops; • Assisting in project planning and evaluation; and • Preparing briefing materials and talking points for managers and senior officials.
Qualifications/special skills
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent). The field of study must be closely related to the Department’s areas of work. This includes political science, international relations, climate and environment, human rights, law, gender studies, among others. Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work. experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required. Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage. Applicants should have good knowledge of standard software applications, especially MS Word, and MS PowerPoint.
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 an additional official UN language is an advantage. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Additional Information
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Applicants who have previously served six months, in total, as an intern in one or more UN Common Systems cannot be engaged as an intern. Applicants who are children, siblings, and sons or daughters-in-law (including stepchildren, half-siblings, or stepsiblings) of an active staff member in a UN Common System cannot be engaged as an intern. In your Motivational Statement, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that the start and end dates are flexible. A complete online application is required. The Motivational Statement must also include: • Title of degree you are currently pursuing. • Graduation Date (When will you be graduating/have graduated from the programme?) • 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.
Intern Specific text
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken, may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization. Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.
No Fee
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