The United Nations Technology Innovation Labs Internship is designed to move humanity forward, faster by focusing on the use of innovative technology to solve some of humanity’s most pressing needs.
Recognizing that innovation plays a critical role in moving the United Nations forward and acknowledging that the United Nations’ ability to innovate and engage in partnerships will be a significant factor in the efforts to successfully implement the SDGs (and the broader mandates of the United Nations), the UNTIL Lab programme is designed to support the journey to review, build, adapt and implement technology solutions to address problems that the Member States are facing.
What will Technology Innovation Labs Intern do at the United Nations?
- Undertake research and analysis of sustainable development challenges and existing ecosystem business models. Work closely with partners, analysts, designers, etc.;
- Produce detailed specifications and writing program codes, develop native prototypes, testing products in controlled environments before going live;
- Support the research for and compilation and preparation of speeches, talking points, presentation materials, background notes. etc. on the integration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs at national and local levels;
- Provide support on technical and administrative requirements as needed (planning meetings/workshops, assisting in the preparation of presentations, reporting, etc.);
- Support the team with other ad hoc tasks, as requested;
- Ideation activities on potential solutions into relevant thematic areas.
What do you need for United Nations Technology Innovation Labs Internship?
To qualify for an internship with the UN Internship program, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- Be in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
- Be in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or Master’s level or equivalent); or
- Have graduated with a university degree and, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation from an academic program.
- Moreover, applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation are not eligible.
- The University degree must be in the area of computer science, management information systems; information and communications technology, mechanical/electrical engineering, international business; international affairs, international development, sustainable development, political science or equivalent.
- Possess any combination of the following languages: C++, Go, Python, Java, Solidity or a good understanding of software project management/development/support.
- Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
- Proficiency in design software (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) and knowledge in web design and administration will be an advantage.
- Knowledge of various development methodologies e.g. Agile.
- Demonstrate a keen interest in the UN’s work and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
- Further, applicants will require professional working experience in communication.
- Fluency of English (both written and spoken) is desirable. Additionally, knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish is a plus point
How to apply for an Internship at the UNDP?
Applicants may apply for the Internship with United Nations Technology Innovation Labs by submitting the online application. Further, the applicants will require a recent CV and cover letter to apply for the internship. Also, the interns may submit a relevant portfolio and documentation.
Interns, however, should note that they may submit only one PDF file via the online application portal. Hence, the applicants must merge all documents into one PDF file before uploading.
Applicants may apply for the Internship with United Nations Technology Innovation Labs until 31 May 2020. UN will not accept any more application after the past the deadline.