Deadline: 30 November

Location: Geneva

Type of Job: Internship

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is located in the Centre for Learning and Multilingualism (CLM), Human Resources Management Service, United Nations Office at Geneva. This internship is for a period of three months, from 11 January to 1 April 2020.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Depending on the sanitary measure at the time of the internship, teleworking can be an option. 

The intern will work five days per week (40 hours) under the overall supervision of the chief of the Language Training Programme and under the direct supervision of the teacher responsible for the English Programme at the Centre for Learning and Mulitilingualism (CLM).


Under the supervision of the chief of the Language Training Programme and under the direct supervision of the teacher responsible for the English Programme (CLM), the incumbent will :

– Assist in developing and updating learning materials, resources and online activities using the platform on Moodle;
– Assist in the webinars for those doing online courses: Work on our internal testing system and other ongoing projects; 
– Ensure a presence in the Language Resource Centre when we are onsite, which will entail assisting clients and organizing Resource Centre materials;
– Assist with other language and management & communication programmes in the Section as desired and required;
– Assist with international examinations or other tasks as required; 
– Undertake a project related to his or her Degree or Masters’ programme, or as required.Competencies

– Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
– Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
– Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
– Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

– Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
– Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
– Places team agenda before personal agenda.
– Supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
– Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings time.
– Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated. 

– Keeps abreast of available technology.
– Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office.
– Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. -Shows willingness to learn new technology.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

– 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 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. 
For this internship, fluency in spoken and English and a suitable level of French is required for everyday communication.


Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application. 
Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted.

Special Notice

Completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
– Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
– Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?).
– IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
– Top three areas of interest.
– 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.

There should be no expectation of employment by the United Nations upon completion of the internship.

Interns are responsible for all internship-related expenses that they incur. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon award of an internship, interns are responsible for securing adequate insurance coverage and are required to sign and return a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of these conditions of service.

A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this instruction, “child” means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member’s spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). “Sibling” includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child of the spouse of a parent of a staff member (that is, also half- and step-sibling).

Candidates of certain nationalities must obtain a visa authorizing their stay in Switzerland before they depart for Geneva to begin their internship. While this is the overall responsibility of the selected candidate, we will provide information and supporting documents in this regard.

**In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

**Dans le contexte de la pandémie de maladie à coronavirus (COVID-19), et compte tenu des contraintes liées à la délivrance des visas, aux voyages internationaux et à l’accès aux locaux de l’ONU, il peut être demandé aux candidates et candidats d’effectuer leur stage à distance, en tout ou en partie.


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