United Nations Foundation

  • Intern, UN Relations and Policy (NY)

    Job Location US-NY
  • Overview

    The New York Office is the Foundation’s primary relationship manager with the UN system and diplomatic community in New York.  In addition to monitoring, tracking and analyzing the day-to-day activities of the UN, the NY Office works closely to support the leadership of the Secretary-General in the areas of women’s and children’s health, the post-2015 development agenda and strategic communications, and builds partnerships with the private sector. The UN Relations and Policy Intern will provide cross-cutting policy, research and events support to the Office- allowing him/her learn about several priority issues of the Foundation. 

    Working Relationships

     The Intern will report to the Senior Officer, UN Relations, New York Office.


    • Participate in internal team meetings with UN Relations and Policy Initiatives teams and provide support when necessary.
    • Attend UN meetings and side events relevant to UN Foundation priorities and report back on highlights.
    • Monitor websites for news and blogs on UN issues to help staff stay abreast of UN activities and key upcoming meetings and events.
    • Track negotiations in UN bodies such as the Security Council and General Assembly.
    • Assist in the drafting and circulating daily news updates for staff.
    • Support research and assist with background documents and meeting preparation.
    • Assist with preparation, execution, and follow-up of UN Foundation events and meetings.

    Selection Criteria

    • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must bea  recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
    • Candidate is ideally expected to work full-time, though we are able to accommodate students’ schedules as needed.
    • Strong research, writing, analytical and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter – while also contributing to a strong team environment.
    • Experience with supporting the planning and execution of events.
    • Fast and organized learner with attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks.
    • Experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
    • Interest in the United Nations, International Development, Global Health, Sustainability, International Affairs and/or the non-profit sector highly preferred.

    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: June-August

    Please note that actual internship dates may vary slightly.


    Location: 801 Second Avenue, New York, NY


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