United Nations Foundation

  • Intern, Policy Planning

    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 Policy Planning team sits within the Executive Office and works across the Foundation on a variety of UN issues to support analysis, policy-supported work, and content preparation. In addition to monitoring, tracking and analyzing day-to-day issues relevant to international cooperation, the Policy Planning intern will provide cross-cutting policy, research, analysis, and events support—allowing him/her to learn about and work on several priority issues of the Foundation.

    Policy Planning Intern will provide cross-cutting policy, research and events support to the Office – allowing him/her to learn about several priority issues of the Foundation.



    • Participate in internal meetings and provide support on a cross-section of efforts and assignments.
    • Attend external meetings relevant to UN Foundation priorities and report back on highlights.
    • Monitor websites, new publications, and external analyses on UN, G7, G20 and other international fora issues and synthesize latest events, research and policy developments.
    • Assist in research, drafting, and updating UNF colleagues on discrete policy projects and opportunities, including drafting of policy option memos.
    • Support research and assist with background documents and meeting preparation and other logistical support.
    • Assist with preparation, execution, and follow-up of UN Foundation events and meetings.
    • Other duties as necessary, including working across teams on short and medium-term assignments.

    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.
    • Graduate student or recently obtained graduate degree preferred
    • Candidate is ideally expected to work full-time, though we can accommodate students’ schedules as needed.
    • Excellent 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 or experience in the United Nations, International Development, Sustainability, International Affairs and/or the non-profit sector.

    Benefits & Compensation

    The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships. The UN Foundation is happy to host interns who are able to receive academic credit or a stipend through their college or university. However, please note that it is not a requirement to intern with us.


    This internship will begin in early September 2018.


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