Intern - Programme Management

United Nations Secretariat, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th August, 2021

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) serves as a global gateway for public-private partnerships to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Office oversees the following areas:

  • The SDG Strategy Hub (Hub) serves as a one-stop shop to proactively engage, connect, convene and leverage critical actors and existing platforms seeking to educate, empower and mobilize citizens, influencers and other stakeholders to act in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The United Nations Fund for International Partnerships established in 1998 as the interface between the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations system.
  • The United Nations Democracy Fund established 2005 to support democratization around the world.
  • UNOP also provides Partnership Advisory and Outreach Services in response to demand from the UN system, Governments and non-State actors to catalyze public-private partnerships, through high-impact events and advice to potential partners regarding opportunities and good practices to promote the SDGs as a framework for action. In this capacity, UNOP also serves as the Secretariat for the Secretary-General's SDG Advocates and the SDG Strategy Hub.

The internship in the United Nations Office for Partnerships, UNHQ, New York, is for five months with a desired starting date of 1 June 2021. 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. The Intern supports the SDG Strategy Hub team and the Secretary-General's SDG Advocates initiative in several of their communications and programmatic activities.


Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the operations of the Secretary-General's SDG Advocates group;
  • Assisting and contributing to preparation and production of high-level partnership events;
  • Conduct research on issues related to partnerships, advocacy, and the 2030 Agenda;
  • Supporting the operations of the SDG Action Zone in the lead up to, during and following the UN General Assembly;
  • Designing and implementing social media strategies, in line with overall communications guidance, priorities and messaging; design and produce social media assets;
  • Assisting and contributing to preparation and production of high-level partnership events and Strategy Hub meetings;
  • Attending and taking notes at various UN conferences and meetings;
  • Conducting research on issues related to partnerships, policy, advocacy, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda;
  • Drafting various written materials related to the Decade of Action and the SDGs;
  • Contributing to various reports and documents prepared by the Office;
  • Preparing research on advocacy and communications efforts. Assisting in communicating with existing and potential partner organizations;
  • Assisting UNOP staff as requested.


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, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent)

Applicants must also:

  • Be computer literate in standard software applications
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter
  • 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. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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