Intern (Geospatial Analysis and Mapping for DRR and Sustainable Development)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Bangkok, , TH

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division/ Space Applications Section internship is for 2-6 months.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

For more information on the work of the section, please refer to:


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. The intern will be working within a dynamic team and
may also contribute to the work of other sections within the division and with ESCAP’s strategic partner – UNITAR’s operational satellite applications programme (UNOSAT).

Depending on the intern’s background, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
– Assist research on new and innovative technologies being used for disaster risk management and Sustainable Development (SD), with a particular focus on geospatial information, aerial
imagery and mapping, and their potential applications.
– Perform geospatial analysis using remote sensing techniques for various applications relating to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and SD.
– Assist in the development and delivery of training and learning events and other capacity development initiatives for DRR and SD.
– Provide logistical support to meetings and events being organized by the section/division.
– Collect images, sound bites, quotes and other media products for inclusion in the division’s advocacy work.
– Provide support in updating the related website and e-learning portal with relevant material.
– Support the team in their day-to-day activities and tasks.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:
• Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
• Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
• Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology and shows willingness to learn new technology.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) in one of the technical areas of geo-informatics, remote sensing, cartography, computer science or related engineering degree,
and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

Work Experience

– are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme;
– shall be computer literate in standard software applications;
– have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
– have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing
opinions and views.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage



Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
•Degree Programme (What are you currently studying or what have you studied)
•Graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
•List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
•List of your top three areas of interest
•Explanation about why you are the most suitable candidate for this specific internship
•Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Please note that due to the large number of applicants, divisions are not in a position to reply to each application and that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.