United Nations Foundation

Intern, UN Relations and Policy



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

Not Applicable


  • 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 full and part-time internships. 

Other Information

Location: 801 Second Avenue, New York, NY


The UN Relations and Policy Intern should be able to start in Jaunary 2018.


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