3 Top Notch UN Internships

Human Rights internship

The Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights internship is an internship that lasts anywhere between two months and six months. A full-time, unpaid internship, the interns will work five days per week under the supervision of the chief of sections in the Africa Branch.

While interning, the intern will help the Desk Officers and the Chief of Section in the analysis and collection of information surrounding the human rights situation in one or more designated countries. Documents, reports and other materials will be written. The intern will help Desk Officers draft and research information on the institutional development of African Human rights in the case of violations; help Desk Officers respond to enquiries for information on the current Human Rights Situation; prepare and update country profiles; and prepare relevant documents on country-specific human rights issues and more.

To qualify, applicants must either be enrolled in graduate school; be enrolled in the final year of their first college degree; or have graduated with a university degree. Fluency in English is required.

Field Support Internships

The United Nations Department of Field Support provides services for special political operations, international peacekeeping and other operations. They help peace operations succeed by providing effective, rapid and responsible support. This department works with both non-UN and UN partners to create and sustain field missions in rough environments.

Those who intern with this department will work as a full team member by pursuing projects created to make a permanent impression in this department. Internships are offered in three areas:

Executive and Management Support

In this area, interns will help prepare senior level conferences, meetings and engagements; prepare analysis, research and options for policies to improve help to peace organizations; go to meetings with UN committees and counterparts; and help with messaging, speech writing, report preparation and more.

Analytics and Business Intelligence

In this area, interns will help the analytics team prepare surveys, data models and general data generation; help develop visualizations and dashboards for user support and for senior managers; and support optimization, forecasting, data mining and metrics development.

Communications and Design

In the final area, interns will create core identity products that show corporate values, missions and visions; prepare copy and content for presentations, briefings, and fact sheets; help develop websites and provide support for general design.

ESCWA internship

An ESCWA internship typically lasts for around two months of full-time work. In some cases, this can be extended to a maximum of six months upon the division’s Director. Interns will not be paid for their time spent in their internship. Because of this, interns are expected to and must take care of all of the expenses that might come with the internship.

During their 35-hour weeks in which they will work five out of seven days a week, interns will be working under the direct supervision of a faculty member in the department that they have been assigned to.

During this time under supervision, these interns will conduct reference searches and research on different aspects of ECRI’s work interests; help with processing, compiling and working with databases; help prepare reports and conduct surveys on reform policies on countries going through conflict or political transition; help prepare tables and charts while drafting content; and perform other duties as they are assigned.

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