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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

United Nations Economic and Social Commission 

Intern of Economic Affairs
New Delhi, India
United Nations Economic Council


The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more.



The United Nations Core Competencies include: 

      • Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.


      • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.



      • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.



      • Planning & Organizing: Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work and monitors and adjust plans and actions as necessary.



      • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments, and delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost, and quality standards. 



To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Program, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:


      •  Be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent or higher); or


      • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or


      • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.




Under immediate supervision, an intern is responsible for a small applied research project related to the implementation of the SDGs in the subregion.  The topic of the project will depend on the intern’s background, skills and interest.

Other duties include undertaking the following ad-hoc requests and regular responsibilities including: 

  • Regular Monitoring and collection of news, social media and policy trends related to SDGs for analysis and advocacy.  
  • Monitor and collect details on national policies on selected sustainable development issues of ESCAP-SSWA member States
  • Collect data, generate figures and tables, describe and analyze the tables and results to support ESCAP-SSWA staff
  • Attend conferences, seminars, meetings and other events and provide written highlights and briefing notes
  • Provide administrative, organizational and conference management support for ESCAP-SSWA events
  • Other activities upon request

Additional Information

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application.  In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills.  Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening.  Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted.   Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.


A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Questions can be directed to Social Affairs Officier, Wanphen Sreshthaputra-Korotki;

The Cover Note must include:

  • Degree Programme (What are you currently studying or what have you studied)
  • Graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
  • List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
  • List of your top three areas of interest
  • Explanation about why you are the most suitable candidate for this specific internship


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