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The internship is located in the Strategic Planning and Inter-Agency Affairs Unit, Policy Support Branch, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna (Austria).

The internship is for three (3) months (with the possibility of an extension up to a maximum of 6 months subject to the needs of the office and availability of the intern) with a desired starting date of 4 February 2018 (until 3 May 2019).

The position is UNPAID and full-time, i.e. five days (40 hours) per week under the supervision of a staff member in the receiving department or office.

For more information about UNODC please visit www.unodc.org.

The internship is not envisioned to lead to further employment opportunities.


The Intern will perform research related to and support the work of the Unit on issues of relevance — specifically Urban Safety and Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as UNODC’s role in the context of the UN Secretariat development system reform — and contribute to the preparation of UNODC publications, background notes, reports, evaluations, briefing materials, presentations, correspondences with Member State governments, talking points and speeches.

The Intern will further support the work of the Unit by performing other tasks as necessary.


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.
• Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(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) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation

The intern should also:
– 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 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable and knowledge of additional official UN languages would be an asset.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. Should you not be contacted within one (1) month after the end of the posting period, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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 your currently studying/what did you study?)
– Graduation Date (When will you graduate from the programme?)
– List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
– List your top three areas of interest
– Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
– Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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