Intern - Programme Management

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Geneva, Switzerland

The internship is for a period of two to six months depending on the needs of each office. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


  • Responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Support Global Platform (GP) related activities and publications including the GP2022 Proceedings.
  • Support UNDRR policy work including project management support for UNDRR Policy Briefs.
  • Assist in drafting and preparing documents, information notes, communication updates and articles for the GP2022 website and other media.
  • Assist in data collection of disaster risk reduction practices and sustainable development issues; preparing reports, best practice examples and briefings based on data collection, research and analysis.
  • Support research on risk knowledge and analysis on DRR-related topics.
  • Attend and support the facilitation of discussions, meetings and development/implementation of projects.
  • Support the organization of meetings, assist in preparing draft presentations and drafting meeting notes.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support during meetings and conferences.
  • Assist in maintaining databases, content of UNDRR partner workspaces, websites and mailing lists.
  • Support the GP team and Senior Coordinator on any other relevant tasks and outputs.


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

  •  be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  •  be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
  • Interested candidates must be pursuing or pursued their degree in areas related to this Job Opening.

In addition, interested candidates must:

  •  Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  •  Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and,
  •  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.

Work Experience

  • 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.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for this internship.