Intern (Research Support)

United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

Dresden, Germany 🇩🇪

POSITION: Internship
LOCATION: Dresden, Germany
CLOSING DATE: Open until position is filled

About United Nations University

For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.
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United Nations University for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

The mission of UNU-FLORES is to contribute, through research, capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge, to the resolution of pressing challenges in the area of sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources (water, soil and waste), particularly in developing and transitional countries. It aims to serve within the UN as the think-tank on resources management and be internationally recognized as major hub and intellectual focal point promoting integrated management strategies addressing in particular the needs of developing and emerging countries. The Institute is located in Dresden, Federal Republic of Germany. For more information please visit

UNU-FLORES’ research focuses on the following areas:

  • The Resource Nexus (water, soil, waste)
  • Resource Management
  • Circular Economy
  • Systems and Flux Analysis
  • Energy Futures
  • Climate Action


Under the overall authority of the Director of UNU-FLORES and under the direct supervision of the Scientists the intern will carry out the following tasks:

  • research tasks related to the research topics of interest based on the needs of the supervisor’s ongoing research activities and projects
  • support with data collection and statistics
  • assist with the drafting and/or editing of publications
  • presentation of work completed
  • perform other duties as assigned by the Director or the supervisor

Interns are also welcome to take part in seminars, brunches, workshops, conferences, and other events organised by UNU-FLORES while completing the internship.

Required qualifications and experience

Required qualifications and experience include:

  • the candidate must be currently pursuing, or has recently graduated from postgraduate studies, or is in the final year of a bachelor’s degree in the field of capacity development, governance, water resources management, hydrology, soil and land use, geography, waste management, or other related fields
  • proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • proficiency in oral and written English is required; proficiency in German would be highly desirable, knowledge of other official UN languages would be an asset

Competencies include:

  • results-oriented
  • quality orientation
  • creativity
  • teamwork
  • ability to work within agreed timelines

Important Information

Please note that interns are not financially remunerated. Selected candidates have the responsibility of arranging their own travel, accommodation and cost of living.

UNU-FLORES accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Interns will be requested to show proof of insurance when commencing the internship.

The purpose of the internship is not to lead to further employment with UNU-FLORES but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organisation.

UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.


The successful candidate shall be based at UNU-FLORES in Dresden, Germany on a full-time basis (40h per week) for a period of 3-6 months. Part-time applications will be considered under exceptional conditions.

Starting date

As soon as possible.