Apply for a Political Affairs Intern – Research Analysis in New York, United States(home based candidates are also welcome)

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Political Affairs Intern – Research Analysis, New York, United States

Organization: Department of Peace Operations

Country: USA

City: New York

Office: DPO in New York, USA

Grade: I-1


Closing date: Monday, 1 April 2024

Work Location

Hybrid (In-person and remote)/ New York, USA


Expected duration

6 months


Duties and Responsibilities

This internship is UNPAID and is designed to be full-time and hybrid (in-person and remote; 35 hours per week). This internship is located in the Northeast Asia and the Pacific Team, Asia and the Pacific Division, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. DPPA plays a central role in United Nations efforts to prevent and resolve deadly conflict around the world. The Intern reports to the Team Leader. Responsibilities of this internship will encompass many aspects of the Northeast Asia and Pacific Team’s work. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


 Assistance in conducting research on issues related to UN peacebuilding efforts in Asia and the Pacific;

 Assistance in preparing reports, concept papers, policy documents, talking points, articles and other materials related to the work of the team;


 Assistance in the development of strategic communications, presentations and visualizations;

 Attending and taking notes at conferences and meetings;

 Assistance in servicing conferences and meetings;

 Assistance in data collection and information management; and

 Assistance with project management development.



 Professionalism – Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations

 Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors’ language, tone, style, and format to match the audience.


 Teamwork – Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. 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.

Qualifications/special skills


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants at the time of application must 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). a. Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work. experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required. b. Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage.


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


Additional Information


Assessment: Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. The United Nations does not financially remunerate interns. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents, or not currently in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa and, if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship. For internships outside the United States, interns who are not citizens of the country, permanent residents, or not currently in the country’s nonimmigrant visa status will be required to obtain a valid visa and work permit, allowing them to undertake the internship. The United Nations must ensure all applicants for an internship, regardless of citizenship or national origin, are authorized to work from the country where the internship will be undertaken either remotely, hybrid or on the UN-premise duty station. Before resuming an internship, the applicant must submit proof of visa and/or work authorization. Applicants who have previously served six months, in total, as an intern in one or more UN Common Systems cannot be engaged as an intern. Applicants who are children, siblings, and sons or daughters-in-law (including stepchildren, half-siblings, or stepsiblings) of an active staff member in a UN Common System cannot be engaged as an intern. In your Motivational Statement, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that the start and end dates are flexible. A complete online application is required. Motivational Statement must also include:


 Title of degree you are currently pursuing.

 Graduation Date (When will you be graduating/have graduated from the programme?)

 Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

 Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Intern Specific text


Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken, may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization. Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.


No Fee



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