Intern: Climate Action Summit Team

United Nations Executive Officer of the Secretary-General
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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Org. Setting and Reporting

We seek motivated interns to support the work of the Climate Action Summit Team, in the Office of the Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General.

The Summit focuses on building momentum for enhancing national ambition and accelerating implementation of climate action, towards 2020 and beyond as set out in the Paris Agreement. The Summit will bring together Heads of State and Government, business leaders, academics and scientists, young people, civil society representatives, local leaders and the United Nations system.

Interns report to full-time professional staff in our teams and focus on one of the three tracks set out below.

The United Nations internship programme does not provide remuneration; All internship related expenses – travel, insurance, living etc. – are the responsibility of the intern, sponsoring Government or institution; The UN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents, illness or death during the internship; The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed; Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the end of the internship; The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan; Interns are not staff members and may not represent the UN in any official capacity; Due to the high volume of applications received, we can only contact successful candidates; Interns work full time - five days per week.


  • Support the organization of the 2019 Summit
  • Provide logistical support for the Summit
  • Assist in the drafting of correspondence for the Office
  • Support the preparation of meetings, conferences and retreats
  • Support the preparation of background and option papers
  • Assist in the preparation of speeches and talking points
  • Draft summaries of meetings and reports as required;
  • Conduct research on relevant issues as may be required;
  • Assist in the preparation of briefing notes, background materials, talking points and speeches for the meetings of the Special Envoy;
  • Assist in the organization and planning of the Special Envoy’s engagements;
  • Assist in the drafting of correspondence for the Office
  • Support the preparation of meetings, events, talks and visits

All interested candidates must:

  • Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Have a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and 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.



  • 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


  • 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


  • Actively seeks to apply emerging technology across tasks
  • Keeps abreast of available technology
  • Understands applicability and opportunities of technology for the organization


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 (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience but are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their application, as well as interests, skills and knowledge.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The internship is for a minimum period of two months, with possibility of extension up to six months, Candidates are sought for immediate start from June through 30 September in support of the 2019 Summit.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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