United Nations Foundation

  • Intern, Energy and Climate

    Job Location US-DC
  • Overview

    The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.


    The Foundation’s Energy and Climate Department has worked for more than a decade to help move the world toward a cleaner, climate-friendly energy future.  It is now a respected platform for bringing together policy makers, academics, business leaders and the UN to develop strategies for a new energy future. 


    Climate Change


    The UN Foundation helps support the UN’s leadership on climate change and the Paris Agreement by working with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, UN agencies, and Sustainable Energy for All, as well as through engaging with countries, sub-national leaders, and the private sector. As part of this work, the UN Foundation servers as a strategic partner, a communications platform, and an incubator of new ideas and solutions. UNF houses the secretariat of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of states committed to the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help meet the Paris Agreement, and is helping support the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit hosted by California Governor Jerry Brown and co-chaired by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Climate Action Michael Bloomberg, and Mahindra Group Chair Anand Mahindra.

    Working Relationships

    The Intern will report to the Senior Officer, Energy and Climate.


    In support of the climate team, the intern may:


    • Support staff by preparing background materials and conducting research as necessary;
    • Assist with managing program data, including contacts, materials, records, etc.;
    • Help with climate-related research and drafting;
    • Represent UNF at energy and climate-related events and take notes;
    • Support the development of proposals, comprehensive program materials, and letters of inquiry;
    • Provide administrative and event management support as needed; and
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Selection Criteria

    • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
    • Must be detail-oriented and have strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Familiarity with social media management, communication and/or data analysis a plus.
    • Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities.

    Benefits & Compensation

    The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships during the following:


    *Fall: September –December

    *Spring: January-April

    *Summer: May-August


    *Please note that actual internship dates may vary slightly.

    Other Information



    1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC


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