Intern (Sustainable Development)

UN Women

New York, NY, USA 🇺🇸


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division (PPID) develops and implements UN Women’s programme of work across its normative, coordination, and operational triple mandate and provides policy advice and guidance and technical support to intergovernmental processes, UN system, and UN Women regional and country offices, among other partners and stakeholders. The Division is organized in thematic sections, which undertake policy research; analyse data on country, regional and global trends; and propose evidence-based options for global policy, norms and standards as well as for UN Women’s policy advocacy and global programme strategies.

Economic empowerment is one of the priority areas of UN Women. UN Women works with governments and partners to promote women’s economic empowerment and increase their access to economic opportunities and outcomes, especially for those who are most excluded. This year, the Sustainable Development team in Economic Empowerment is responsible for substantive preparations for the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which will take place in March 2022. CSW is the principle global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, and the priority theme for 2022 will be achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Policy Analyst – Gender, Migration and Economic Empowerment, the intern shall perform the following assignments, which may vary in accordance with the priorities of the Section:

  • Support the development of policy briefs, guidance notes, and research papers, including on the issues of gender, migration, climate change and care;
  • Conduct bibliographical searches and literature reviews on relevant issues pertaining to the sustainable development portfolio;
  • Support in the preparations leading to the CSW, including in the organization of ministerial roundtables, interactive dialogues, expert panels and side events;
  • Support the Economic Empowerment Section’s engagement in normative processes, including CSW and the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF);
  • Provide general support to the Economic Empowerment Section, as needed.

Learning objectives

  • Increased understanding of intergovernmental processes and negotiations related to the Commission of the Status of Women;
  • Increased understanding of UN Women’s mandate and internal processes;
  • Increased knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda;
  • Experience of being a team member in a multicultural setting.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of gender equality, women’s rights, sustainable development (including climate change, environment and/or disaster risk reduction);
  • Ability to think logically and work with great attention to detail;
  • Skilled in researching/conducting literature reviews;
  • Ability to write well, clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Strong knowledge of virtual meeting software (Zoom, Teams, etc.); and
  •  Excellent skills in using Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: gender/women’s studies, human rights, economics, international development or other relevant subject is required.
  • Meet one of the following:
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation; or
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree programme and undertake the internship as part of the program requirements.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.

Application Information:

  • All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, UN Women can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy of their passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as applicable).  
  • A selected candidate unable to report to the advertised duty station due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may be approved to undertake this internship remotely.  


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. 

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application. 

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check) 




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