Political Affairs Intern: Support to the Committee Team in DPR is needed in New York, United States(home based candidates are welcome)

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Political Affairs Intern: Support to the Committee Team in DPR, New York, United States
Closing date: Friday, 8 March 2024

Work Location

Flexible (Hybrid, all remote, or in-person)

Expected duration

3-6 months. Desired start date is 25 March 2024, or sooner.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duration of the internship is for three (3) months with a possibility of extension. This internship is UNPAID in person and full-time (35 hours per week), on the United Nations premise working arrangement from (New York, USA). This internship is designed to be full-time and in-person but can be adjusted based on the needs of the successful candidate to part-time (20 hours per week) and/or remote. Under the overall supervision of the Secretary of the Committee in the Committee Team, the Intern will:

 Keep abreast of political developments on the Question of Palestine, including following and reporting on meetings at the General Assembly and Security Council and of interest to the Committee/DPR.
 Research and assist in preparing background notes, presentations, briefings, minutes and reports for virtual and in-person Bureau and Committee meetings as required in the implementation of the Committee Programme of Work.

 Support the tracking of Bureau decisions and actions as well as assist in monitoring their implementation.
 Supports process for mapping and documentation of members states, including Security Council members, positions and responses on various issues and subjects related to the question of Palestine, including the Gaza conflict, Summit of the Future, etc.
 Contribute to efforts to develop management systems and tools for helping to track Bureau decisions and monitoring of key performance results indicators as identified in the DPR’s annual workplan and other organizational strategic planning tools. 

 Support in the preparation of outreach materials to communicate the Bureau and Committee events, activities and results, including social media content.
 Follow and report on external events, seminars, meetings, conferences, virtual and in-person, on topics related to the question of Palestine and of interest to the Committee/DPR.
 Perform routine tasks in support of the Committee Team, including on meeting organization, scheduling and other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications/special skills

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (a) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent).


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

Additional Information

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. 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. The 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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