UN Departments

Intern (Change Management & Data Analysis - 2 Positions)

UN Departments

Job Description

These internships are located in the Central Planning and Coordination Division (CPCD) of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) in New York.

The interns will support the Journal Project in CPCD, which issues the daily Journal of the United Nations. In this context, the division seeks motivated interns to support its work.

These internship are UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours), with supervision and support of a staff member.

These internships are for a period between two (2) months and six (6) months, subject to the needs of the Department.

These are remote internship positions to be performed by the selected interns using their personal equipment during the working hours of the Secretariat in New York. No travel required.


Our interns work as full members of our team on projects which make a significant difference in the whole department, and provide opportunities to learn about the United Nations overall.

Interns will focus on the following work areas, as assigned: AREA 1: Change Management (50%) – Document practices and working methods of the Journal, develop Standard Operating Procedure (SoPs) and training materials for clients; - Support change management in the introduction of new features in the Journal and strengthen user experience and consistency in the display of related data sets; and - Support the development of user stories, presentations, briefing papers, coordinate meetings and document minutes of meetings.

AREA 2: PROJECT MANAGEMENT & DATA Analysis(50%) - Support the day-to-day management of internal databases, including in user acceptance, quality assurance and change management processes; - Support issue management related processes and prepare related correspondence; - Assist in the formulation of project related strategies, business readiness analysis


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 Planning and Organizing •Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies •Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required •Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work •Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning •Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary •Uses time efficiently Technological Awareness • Actively seeks to apply emerging technology across tasks • Keeps abreast of available technology • Understands applicability and opportunities of technology for the organization


We are looking for applicants who will demonstrate their intention to study further or work in a field relevant to the work of DGACM.

Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants 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) Applicants must also: •Have proficiency in MS Office, especially Excel •Have a degree of familiarity with data management, modeling, mining or statistical analysis and •Have a degree of familiarity with WordPress and or content Management Systems.

•Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter •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.

Work Experience

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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Short-listed candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly and may be required to submit for a written test and/or telephone interview.

Special Notice

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include: • Title of degree you are currently pursuing; • Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?); • List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in; including those listed above; • List your top three areas of interest; • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship; • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme; • Explain your interest in the work of the United Nations and personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and • Explain how you have demonstrated an 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.

• Your availability.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

• Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. Applicants who are otherwise related to a staff member may be engaged as interns, provided that they are not assigned to the same work unit as such staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of such staff member.

• Interns may not apply for or be appointed to any position in the Professional or above categories and for positions at the FS-6 and FS-7 levels in the Field Service category during the period of their internship and for the six months immediately following the expiration date thereof.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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