• The Human Security Unit in New York is pleased to announce an internship opportunity during 2016-2017. Qualified and interested students are encouraged to apply online here.
  • A completed online application is required (with Cover Note and Personal History Profile submitted through INSPIRA). Incomplete applications or resumes/CVs submitted by email or post will not be reviewed.
  • The internship lasts 3 months and can be extended for another 3 months, depending on the needs of the unit and the satisfactory performance of the intern.
  • Interns may not be family members of currently serving United Nations Secretariat Staff.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further consideration.
  • Unfortunately, United Nations interns are not paid
  • United Nations Internship Programme website.
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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 most suitable candidate for this specific internship;
-Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme (How will this internship support your educational/professional goals and objectives?).

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, language and IT-skills, and three references. Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, we are unfortunately not in a position to reply or give feedback to each application. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

Org. Setting and Reporting
The internship is with the Human Security Unit. For more information and case-studies on the Human Security Approach, please consult:

The internship with the Human Security Unit, located in New York, is for a duration of three months. Depending on the needs of the unit and upon satisfactory performance of the intern, there is an possibility for extension for another three months. The total duration of the entire internship period is six months at maximum. Under no circumstances will there be extension beyond six months.

The internship is UNPAID and fulltime. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the unit to which they are assigned.

The intern will assist the Human Security Unit in undertaking research and developing strategies for the short, medium and long term outreach and resource mobilization, as well as in strengthening communication platforms, particularly social media:
-Assist in the analysis of ODA funding streams and requirements;
-Select from scientific literature information relevant to HSU;
-Support for HSU activities;
-Assist in preparation of outreach strategies of promotional/advocacy materials for HSU;
-Develop and maintain up-to-date public information strategy of the HSU;
-Assist in maintaining HSU’s website;
-Assist in expanding HSU’s presence on Social Media;
-Assist staff in supporting the implementation of relevant public events;
-Maintain an up-to-date list of contact addresses, publication distribution lists.

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and 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;
-Logistics and protocol support for office events;
-Working on web-presentation;
-Social Media posts;
-Evaluation of projects;
-Compiling statistics (in graphs, pie-charts, etc.);
-Media analysis;
-Compiling news headlines from member states;
-Compiling donor briefings;
-Translation support for outreach materials;
-Support for the production of HSU newsletter;
-Support for HSU activities;
-Country/ donor analyses;
-Report writing.