Intern (Environment Affairs)

United Nations
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Facilities and Commercial Services Division (FCSD), in the Office of Central Support Services, is committed to continuously improve the environmental sustainability of it operations and seeking 2 (two) interns to support its environmental management efforts. FCSD provides, inter alia, building and waste management services, travel, event and catering services. The FCSD internship is for six (6) months. The internships are UNPAID and full time. Interns work 5 days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the section to whom they are assigned.


The interns will be given responsibilities that will assist their learning and experience in data gathering/management/reporting, project coordination, and practical aspects of environmental sustainability management in a large and complex international organization. Under the supervision of the Environmental Sustainability Manager, and within delegated authority, the interns will assist in the following duties: Contribute to the development of an environmental management system (EMS) in line with ISO 14,001 standards for the operations and facilities management at the UN Secretariat in New York; Contribute to preparing the annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory for the UN Secretariat in New York (buildings, travel and transport); Assist in providing secretariat services to the Steering Group on Environmental Sustainability, including by undertaking research on best practices, preparing reports and other documents for its meetings, presenting data (using Excel and Power Point among other software) and contributing to the implementation of its decisions; Assist with the administrative and technical coordination of sustainability projects in waste, energy and other aspects of environmental management; Contribute to the development of sustainability communication campaigns, including creating innovative initiatives relevant to behaviour
change and designing/drafting communication materials; and Other related duties, as required. The interns will be contributing to all aspects of the work of the Environmental Sustainability Manager but will also have their own assignments based on their specific background.


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 & 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: -Keeps abreast of available technology; -Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; -Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; -Shows willingness to learn new technology.


To qualify for an internship by the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: 1. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:(1) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (2) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or (3) Have graduated with a university degree as defined in (1) and (2) above and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year period of graduation. 2. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications, including MS Suite (Word, Power Point, Excel). 3. Applicants must have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter. 4. Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

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. For thisposition, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by Hiring Manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

A completed 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 you will be graduating from the programme); List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in; List of your top three areas of interest/departments preferences; Explanation of why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s); Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme. In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences and three references. Due to a 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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.

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