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Diplomatic Internship

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • International Relations
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-11

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The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York is pleased to announce vacancies in its unpaid internship program during the spring 2021


Internship Description

Interns perform essential roles at the Permanent Mission by assisting the Ambassador’s office and diplomats in various tasks. Duties may include:

·    Attending meetings at the UN, taking notes, and writing meeting summary reports;

·    Administrative tasks;

·    Research on relevant topics of interest to both the Mission and relating to the intern’s area of expertise;

·    Contributing research towards briefs, proposals, and statements for the delegation;

·    Handling highlevel, confidential documents; and

·    Other longer-term projects as necessary, including contributing to thematic research projects for the Ambassador and the Mission.


Substance of work

The Mission's interns have the unique opportunity to combine their own interests with that of the Mission. Interested individuals are encouraged to take the initiative in pursuing their interests related to the Mission and the United Nations as a whole, including by working directly with delegates focusing on particular Committees of the General Assembly. These Committees are divided by subject:

·    First committee – Arms proliferation, global security, nuclear nonproliferation

·    Second committee – Economic and development issues, sustainable development

·    Third committee – Drugs, human rights, women and children issues, humanitarian issues

·    Fourth committee – Special Political and Decolonization

·    Fifth committee – Administrative and budgetary issues for the UN system

·    Sixth committee – Legal issues, ICC, ICJ, International Law of the Sea


The Mission’s responsibilities cover a wide range of topics, and interns must be prepared to assist as needed. Interns are expected to keep up with the fastpaced working environment and keep up-to-date on news about the United Nations and Afghanistan. Dedication and flexibility are key components to successful internships, and requirements of this position.



Requirements and Preferences

·    Interns must be available to intern for at least three months. Preference will be given to candidates who can intern full-time but part-time positions will also be considered.

·    Applicants must demonstrate a focused interest and past engagement related to Afghanistan and/or the United Nations

·    Interns must be fluent in English. Knowledge of Dari is helpful but not required. Knowledge of other languages is also helpful.

·    Preference will be given to applicants pursuing or having recently completed Master’s degrees and undergraduates in the final stage of their Bachelor’s degree.

·    Interns must be trustworthy in handling confidential materials and information.

·    Interns must be able to cover their own travel, housing and all other related expenses for the duration of the internship.


About the Mission

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan represents Afghanistan’s interests at the United Nations. Afghanistan has been a member of the United Nations since 1946, and although the country has gone through significant changes in the past 60 years, Afghanistan remains dedicated to the values and principles enshrined in the United Nations charter. Recently, international cooperation has become even more crucial for Afghanistan and for the world. Afghanistan is committed to pursuing open, friendly dialogue in both bilateral and multilateral forums, and sees the United Nations as an important platform for international diplomacy.



Interested applicants should initially submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 25. Please note that, due to the high volume of applications the Mission receives, not all applicants will be contacted. The Mission will review your qualifications and will contact you if interested in pursuing your application.

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