Intern - Environment Affairs

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th March, 2021

Job Description

The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is accepting applications for internships.
The UNFFS provides leadership in promoting the implementation of the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF) and the achievement of its Global Forest Goals, and the effective implementation of the UN Forest Instrument. It provides substantive secretariat support to the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), which is composed of all Member States of the United Nations and specialized agencies.
In 2015, the UNFF established the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network under the UNFFS to facilitate access to and effective use of funding for forests, sharing data and best practices on forest financing and contributing to the achievement of the Global Forest Goals of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030. More information on the UNFFS and the GFFFN can be found at
The prospective intern should have a background in environmental issues, economics, sustainable development, data science, or computer science-related areas. Experience or knowledge of project management or IT-related work is desirable. The internship is for three months, with an opportunity for extension up to a maximum of six (6) months, depending on the needs of the Office.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

For more information about the Office, please see

The selected intern(s) will be responsible for one or more of the following duties in support of the work of the UNFF and its Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN), depending on his/her education background:

  • Conduct desk research and collect information on forest financing. This would include information on financing opportunities, learning materials and good practices at the international level;
  • Assist in drafting and entering data entries into the documents database of the online Clearing House of the GFFFN.
  • Assist in preparing analytical papers, issue briefs, presentation materials and news stories on forest financing, for publication through the UNFF website.
  • Assist in website development and updates for GFFFN Clearing House website (under development) and the UN Forum on Forests, using WordPress and Drupal;
  • Assist in preparations for the fifteenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF15), including its side events and other related meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (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;
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications.
  • Knowledge of issues in the context of sustainable development would be an advantage.

Work Experience

  • Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of additional official United Nations language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


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