UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs - Intern - Economic affairs

December 31, 2021

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  • United States of America
New York


The Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) / Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, pending the needs of the Department.



The position is located in the Strategic Engagement and Policy Integration Branch of FSDO/DESA. The intern will support FSDO staff in providing effective secretariat support to the Forum on Financing for Development follow-up and its preparatory and follow-up activities. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to: assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, attending meetings and preparing summaries, compiling research and statistics, data analysis.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

    • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
    • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
    • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
    • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
    • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
    • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
    • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise, is willing to learn from others
    • Place team agenda before personal agenda
    • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
    • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
    • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view
    • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
    • Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
    • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
    • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
    • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

The intern is expected to:

  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter, and
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

  • Applicants to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
    • Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
    • Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent);
  • Applicants who have graduated (as defined in (a) or (b) above), if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
  • Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


Deadline: December 31, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Department or Office to which they are assigned.

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