Intern: Environment Affairs

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Internship
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UN Environment is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level.

The internship is for a period of six (6) months. It is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days (35-40 hours) per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Information Officer, New York Office, the intern will:

  • Attend and summarize key discussions on meetings at UN Headquarters, including meetings organized by the UN General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Security Council and UN missions in New York
  • Research and summarize key developments related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and UN system reform, including coverage of discussions in relevant inter-governmental and UN inter-agency fora. 
  • Assist the work of the UN Environment New York office to support Member States in intergovernmental negotiations related to the environment
  • Assist with logistics and organization of UN Environment events and side events for the UN General Assembly, follow up on Agenda 2030 and other environment related events at UN Headquarters in New York.

Competencies

  • 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.
  • Teamwork: 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.
  • Client orientation: 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. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

  • Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
    • 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 program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); preferably enrolled in an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) with a focus on environmental sciences, natural resource management, communication or international relations
    • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications.
  • Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the 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

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, experience in summarizing and writing documents related to environmental issues is highly desirable. Knowledge of UN and intergovernmental processes is an asset.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language such as Spanish and French is an asset.

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:

  1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references. 
  2. Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme), - List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship. 
  3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated). 

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