UN, Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) - Information systems and communication technology intern


International Organizations

Location (s):

  • United States of America
New York


UNODA provides substantive and organizational support to various United Nations bodies in the area of disarmament. The Office is mandated to provide objective, impartial and up-to-date information on disarmament issues and activities to Member States, States parties to multilateral agreements, intergovernmental organizations and institutions, departments and agencies of the United Nations system, research and educational institutions, civil society, especially non-governmental organizations, the media and the general public.


The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is seeking suitably qualified interns for the Winter/Spring, with a projected start date of 08 January 2020 up to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of UNODA and the willingness of applicant.

The Intern will support the development and implementation of ODA's Information Technology (IT) services and systems. Responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, strength, and interest.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintains ODA's flagship website content, which is content driven, device responsive, and multilingual
  • Assist the ODA's Information Outreach Branch in preparing and organizing events
  • Conceptualizes and prepares and coordinates the development of new content in websites 
  • Prepares and incorporates graphics and multimedia content using open source graphic/video editing tools 
  • Maintains and develop ODA's campaign and outreach website products
  • Assists in the development of surveys and the analysis of the results
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of e-learning platform and material

Build a project based on the intern's interests using cutting edge technologies available in the market (e.g. cloud computing, big data, machine-learning, analytics/visualization, etc.). The project shall be relevant to the UN's core business of peace and security, using the available cloud-based resources.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:



  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Client Orientation:

  • 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

Technological Awareness:

  • Keeps abreast of available technology
  • Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
  • Shows willingness to learn new technology

Commitment to Continuous Learning:

  • Keeps abreast of new developments in Information Technology
  • Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally 
  • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and community
  • Shows willingness to learn from others and share knowledge to others
  • Seeks feedback to learn and improve


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

  • Applicants must 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); or
    (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation; 
  • 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 include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views; 
  • Have great interest in learning and/or cloud computing concepts using Amazon Web Service, Azure, or Google Cloud;
  • Have experience in Web Development using Javascript, HTML5 and CSS, and some experience with Web Development Frameworks, such as Angular, ReactJS or VueJS;
  • Be familiar with version control software such as Github, Codecommit, Gitlab;
  • Be familiar with building interactive and dynamic websites, either PHP (Wordpress or Drupal) or Python (Django or Flask) - based;
  • Be familiar with relational and no-Rel databases such as Mysql, Mongo Db, Aurora, DynamoDb; 
  • Be familiar with design and video editing tools such as Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Finalcut Pro;
  • Be familiar with new/cutting-edge technology and tools and/or have experience with social networking and collaboration platforms;

Work Experience

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Deadline: August 03, 2020

Cost/funding for participants:

  • The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
  • Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a professional staff member in UNODA to whom they are assigned.
  • The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Regional Disarmament Information and Outreach Branch. 
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