Private Sector Intern
New York City (United States of America)
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Unit/ Project Background:
The Intern will work under the supervision of the UN Women Head of Private Sector Relations and Private Sector Resource Mobilisation team in the Strategic Partnerships, Advocacy, Civil Society, Communications, Resource Mobilization Division at UN Women HQ in New York.
The Intern will support the implementation of strategies to strengthen UN Women’s partnerships with the Private Sector and will provide support to the overall effort to build and strengthen the collaborative efforts and partnerships with the private sector, including foundations and corporates.
The internship will provide an opportunity to be involved with the implementation of UN Women’s Private Sector Strategy. In addition, the internship is an opportunity for a student of business or marketing to connect the theoretical aspects of their coursework with the practical application, for example, in packaging/articulating UN Women work into cases for support to attract private donations and in researching corporate social responsibility policies and priorities of potential partners and their objectives and commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Support the assessment of current UN Women Private Sector (corporates, foundations) outreach tools and messages;
- Support the development of new UN Women Private Sector outreach materials and messages;
- Undertake research into the corporate sustainability strategies of specific potential private sector partners and assist with screening and due diligence of potential private sector partners;
- Assist with the development of proposals for UN Women’s outreach to specific private sector organizations and individuals;
- Support customizing UN Women’s case for support for UN Women’s global mandate as well as specific country programmes;
- Support liaison with current private sector partners and foundation supporters including reporting on financial contributions;
- Support the updating of specific donor information and databases;
- Support development of private sector and foundation engagement guidelines for National Committees and Country Offices;
- Participate in weekly Division and team meetings.
Upon completion of the internship the intern will have strengthened his/her capacities to:
- Understand UN Women’s mandate and programmes;
- Understand how UN-private sector partnerships are built, strengthened and maintained;
- Understand the drivers of corporate sustainability and partnerships for international development;
- Develop communication tools and messages for a UN agency;
- Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
- Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
- Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
- Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity
Ethics and Values:
- Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
Development and Innovation:
- Take charge of self-development and take initiative.
Work in teams:
- Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communicating and Information Sharing:
- Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
- Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other.
- Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
- Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
- Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
- Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail;
- Ability to write clearly and concisely;
- Strong research and analytical skills;
- Excellent coordination and organization skills.
Required Skills and Experience
- The intern must have studies in business, communications and marketing, social sciences or other similar subject at the university level;
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
- Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage.
Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.
- UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
- Selected applicants must provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment, passport, and visa (if applicable).
In July 2010, the United nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.
UN Women Internship Policy:
1.) 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);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
2.) UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
3.) All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
4.) UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
5.) The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
6.) Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;
7.) The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application form.