Org. Setting and Reporting
This internship is located in the Triangular Partnership Programme (TPP) in the Support Partnerships Service (SPS), the Division for Special Activities (DSA) in the Department of Operational Support (DOS) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The mission of the United Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS) is to provide operational advisory services to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices-away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.
DSA oversees a range of specialized or cross-cutting operational capacities. A large part of its responsibilities is to support start-up, surge, and transition requirements and to exercise authority on behalf of entities to which authority has not been granted owing to a lack of capacity or from which authority has been temporarily withdrawn.
SPS coordinates and maintains bilateral and trilateral relationships with key partners, such as regional organizations, other United Nations actors and governments, for the receipt or provision of operational support from or to Secretariat entities.
TPP is one of the outcomes of the September 2014 Summit on UN Peacekeeping and aims to enhance the Enabling Capabilities for peacekeeping. TPP comprises the United Nations supporting Member States and Troop-Contributing Countries (TCCs).
The Intern reports to the Programme Officer.
The internship is for an initial period of three months and may be extended up to six months depending on the needs of the Division. The internship is unpaid and can be full-time, part-time, or remote. Interns work four to five days per week (20 to 35 hours), with supervision and support of a staff member.
Our interns work as members of our team in the TPP/SPS/DSA; pursue projects that are designed to make a significant difference in DOS, and have opportunities to learn about the United Nations overall. We offer internship opportunities in two areas:
AREA 1: STRATEGIC AND PROJECT SUPPORT
• Help analyze information gathered on the use of non-staff capacities across functional areas and entities;
• Support the planning and organization of engineering and medical training under TPP
• Support the drafting and editing of relevant correspondence
This track resembles consulting-like work, and draws on conceptualization, PowerPoint and project management skills.
AREA 2: ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
• Help analyze use of non-staff capacities across functional areas and entities;
• Support the teams in preparing data, data models, and surveys
• Develop dashboards and visualizations for senior managers, and provide user support
• Support data mining, optimization, metrics development, and predictive analysis
This track focuses on working with data and data models, as well as data visualization.
Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence, mastery of subject matter and good analytical skills; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
It can be an advantage if you have interests, skills and knowledge in the areas below:
AREA 1: STRATEGIC AND PROJECT SUPPORT
• Knowledge in strategy development and management
• Knowledge of project management techniques and approaches
• Knowledge of key business tools (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint)
• Familiarity with consulting-like projects
AREA 2: ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
• Knowledge in analytics, information management, visualization, and performance optimization
• Knowledge of data management techniques, quantitative analysis and methods
• Knowledge of key business tools (e.g., Excel, PowerPivot, PowerPoint)
• Knowledge of analytics tools (e.g., Microsoft SQL, PowerBI, SAP Business Objects, Tableau, Qlik)
• Knowledge in data visualization or survey design
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING
• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
• Identifies priority activities and assignments
• Adjusts priorities as required
• Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
• Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
• Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
• Uses time efficiently
• Keeps abreast of available technology
• Understands applicability and opportunities of technology for the organization
• Actively seeks to apply emerging technology across tasks
• Shows willingness to learn new technology
We are open to a broad range of educational backgrounds. Typically, our interns are pursuing studies in the following areas:
Area 1: Strategic and Project Support
We seek candidates with relevant coursework in Business Administration, Management, Strategy Development, Project Management, Operations Research, or Public Administration.
Area 2: Analytics and Business Intelligence
We seek candidates with relevant coursework in Computer Science, Economics, Statistics, Operations Research, Engineering, Mathematics, Data Visualization or Analytics
Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet the following requirements:
1) 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 degree or equivalent);
2) The field of study must be closely related to the type of internship you are applying for;
3) Proficient in standard word processing and software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint or similar; Be proficient in standard office automation equipment, scanner, printer, etc.).;
4) Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
5) 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.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.Languages
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 an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the Hiring Manager for further consideration.Special Notice
We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least 3 months. In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that start and end dates are flexible:
A completed online application is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
• Title of degree programme you are currently pursuing.
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme)
• List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
• List your top three areas of interest and please explain how your interests, skills and knowledge match either the strategic support or the analytics track.
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations.
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