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Intern, UN Relations & Policy

United Nations Foundation New York, NY

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Position Overview

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

The New York Office serves as the UN Foundation’s primary relationship manager with the UN system and diplomatic community in New York. In addition to monitoring, tracking, and analyzing the day-to-day activities of the UN, the New York Office works closely to support the leadership of the Secretary-General in the areas of women’s and children’s health, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, strategic communications, and partnership building with the private sector. The UN Relations and Policy Intern will provide cross-cutting policy, research, and events support to the Office, allowing them to learn about and support several priority issues of the Foundation.

The UN Relations & Policy Intern will jointly report to the Advisor, Sustainable Development and Global Policy and the Associate, Policy & Research in the New York Office.

Internship Expectations

  • Provide coverage of virtual UN meetings and side events relevant to UN Foundation priorities and draft readouts on key themes/takeaways.
  • Monitor news and blogs on UN issues to help staff stay abreast of UN activities and key upcoming meetings and events.
  • Help track key development in UN bodies such as the Security Council, General Assembly, and ECOSOC.
  • Assist in compiling weekly UN update emails for internal circulation.
  • Support research and draft background documents and meeting briefs.
  • Participate in internal team meetings and provide support when necessary.
  • Assist with preparation, execution, and follow-up of UN Foundation webinars and meetings.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university
  • Candidate is ideally expected to work full-time (40 hours/week), though we are able to accommodate students’ schedules as needed.
  • Demonstrated interest in the UN and International Affairs required – interest in Sustainability, International Development and/or the non-profit sector highly preferred.
  • Strong research, writing, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter – while also contributing to a strong team environment.
  • Experience with supporting the planning and execution of events.
  • Fast and organized learner with attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Must have a personal laptop computer and access to the Internet.

Benefits and Compensation

The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid full and part-time internships. We are happy to host interns who are able to receive academic credit or a stipend through their college or university. However, please note that it is not a requirement in order to intern with us.

*Please note that this is a Spring 2021 internship, and all Spring 2021 internships will be remote*

The United Nations Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative-action employer. The United Nations Foundation provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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