Excellent internship opportunity at the UN


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development department offers the possibility to carry out a traineeship regarding the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Section. Do not miss the chance to get involved in this excellent opportunity. Send your application now!


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Organization: UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964. The headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland.

UNCTAD is part of the UN Secretariat and reports to the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council but have its own membership, leadership, and budget. It’s also part of the United Nations Development Group. UNCTAD supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively and helps equip them to deal with the potential drawbacks of greater economic integration. To do this, UNCTAD provides analysis, facilitates consensus-building, and offers technical assistance. This helps them to use trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development.

Duty Station: Geneva


Open To: candidate enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)or enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme  with  a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations


Timeframe: This internship will be for four months from 1 February to 31 May 2019


Deadline: 20 January 2019


Job description: This position is located in the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Section of the Science, Technology and ICT Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics


Duties may include, but are not limited to:


- Assist in preparing communication materials (i.e. presentations, statements, visualizations, flyers, press releases, newsletters) related to science, technology and innovation and the annual session of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), an annual multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss how science, technology and innovation can serve as enablers of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda;

- Contribute to brainstorming, creative storytelling, and videos to highlight the contribution of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development;

- Assist in creating content and identify relevant material to be posted on social media channels to raise the profile of the Section’s activities and the CSTD;

- Assist in updating CSTD website and covering CSTD-related events on social media;

- Attend and summarize conferences and meetings related to the CSTD;

- Undertake research related to CSTD priority themes on the impact of rapid technological change on sustainable development and the role of science, technology and innovation in building resilience;

- Assist during the twenty-second session of the CSTD, which will take place in May 2019 in Geneva;

- Support other activities of the Section as requested;

A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations;


Qualifications: The ideal candidate must meet the following requirements:


- 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;

- 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;

- 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;

- Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects;

- Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client;


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:


- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or

- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or

- Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, much commence the internship within a one year period of graduation from an academic programme. Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.

-Be computer literate in standard software applications;

- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

-  Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for this 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.

Wage/fees: unpaid


Application process: A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

In order to apply you need to visit the link to the offer.


The cover Note must include:

- Title of degree you are currently pursuing;

- Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme);

- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;

- Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship position;

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, if any; IT skills and three (3) references;


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


Useful links:

link to the offer

UNCTAD official website


Contact Information: Palais des Nations, 8-14,

Av. de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10



T: +41 22 917 1234

F: +41 22 917 0057

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edited by Beatrice Baruffa



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