Work Location
Expected duration
2-6 months
Duties and Responsibilities
This internship is UNPAID and fulltime. Interns are expected to work five days per week (40 hours) and will be under the supervision of a designated staff member in their assigned office. The Innovation, Enterprise and Investment Section deals with policy issues relating to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises; promotion and facilitation of foreign direct investment (FDI); national and international investment regulations, policies and agreements; and promotion of sustainable business practices in Asia and the Pacific region. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Innovation, Enterprise and Investment Section of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, and the direct supervision of one of the Economic Affairs Officers of the Section, the intern will assist in the preparation of analytical studies in the overall areas of: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) trends and policies, FDI issues related to gender equality, the digital economy, and climate change, national and international investment regulations, policies and agreements, impact investment and/or other relevant areas of substantive research. The intern will also participate in day-to-day operational tasks of the section. Related activities may include: 1. Assist in analytical and background research relating but not limited to: FDI trends, national and international investment regulations, policies and agreements, sustainable business practices, enterprise development, policy and regulatory frameworks, impact investment, access to finance for SMEs, inclusive business development and sustainability, etc. 2. Research, develop and edit content for division social media channels on FDI and business innovation. 3. Conduct quantitative data analysis, basic economic modeling and database updates of FDI statistics. 4. Assist in project planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of programme initiatives 5. Assist in the organization of workshops and forums 6. Collaborate in the development of web content and webpage design 7. Assist in the drafting of reports of meetings. 8. Participate in day-to-day operational tasks of the section. This may include, for example servicing requests for information; support for developing presentations; updating of websites and databases; etc. 9. Present on the work undertaken during internship, or on related research work, at an internal brown bag seminar. Competencies Communication: -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 Teamwork: -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
Qualifications/special skills
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements: (a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or, (b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent). 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. Note: We will not consider candidates who have completed a full 6 months internship in other entities and departments under the UN Secretariat, unless the candidate has completed a different advanced degree.
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 asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Additional Information
MODE OF INTERNSHIPS: While it is optional to do internship remotely, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. 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. A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) if required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include: – Title of degree you are currently pursuing – Graduation Date – Period of availability for taking internship. (The availability for more than 4-month internship could be an advantage) – List of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in – List of top three areas of interest/department preferences – Explanation why you are the best candidate for this post – Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references. Should there be a need for an intern that matches the applicant’s profile, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Division. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, Division are not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
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