The United Nations calls application for an Internship in Political Affairs in Geneva, Switzerland. The internship is located in the Geneva office of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO).
Duties of the intern include, but are not limited to:
- Conducts research and drafts official documents related to priorities of UNMAS.
- Assists on treaty-related matters, including the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Assists on other relevant policy matters, including the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
- Attends conferences and meetings of interest to UNMAS, and provides verbal and written briefing notes to colleagues.
- Supports the work of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Mine Action.
- Supports the office’s engagement with the humanitarian community.
- Contributes to the team’s day-to-day tasks as needed, including administration and communications matters.
- Performs other duties as requested by the supervisor.
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
- be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
- 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.
- Demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
- 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.
- Fluency in English (both oral and written) is necessary for this position. In addition to that, knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Candidates must apply online for this Political Affairs Internship at the United Nations in Switzerland. Interested applicants must submit an online application and Cover Note which must include
- Title of degree that candidate is currently pursuing
- Graduation Date (when s/he will be graduating from the program)
- List the IT skills and programs that candidate is proficient in
- In addition to that, an explanation of why s/he is the best candidate for this role. Similarly, an explanation of their interest in the United Nations.