International affairs, peace
and human security
WCC United Nations liaison office - INTERNSHIPS
The Internship Programme at the WCC UN Liaison Office provides an ideal opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain real-world work experience relevant to their academic and career goals in connection with the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
We encourage qualified undergraduate as well as graduate students to apply, and while knowledge of the United Nationsí structures and processes, understanding of current affairs, and some NGO experience is preferred, we also consider dedication and enthusiasm for learning to be important features.
Applicants should demonstrate a good command of English, effective communication and writing skills, good computer skills, and the ability to work independently.
Job description/ Responsibilities
Together with the intern, the permanent representative devises a set of work tasks entailing challenging projects and assignments that are meaningful and stimulating.
Work tasks will include: conducting research on WCC's focal areas; tracking and monitoring related activities and events, including UN meetings and conferences; providing assistance in arranging seminars and workshops; monitoring and analyzing international political trends; interacting with other NGOs; keeping the website updated, etc.
Working with the WCC's existing networks, interns will be exposed to a number of NGOs and delegates from the UN Missions, and will occasionally attend meetings with Security Council ambassadors.
During the time of the internship, it is expected that the intern will initiate relationships with appropriate United Nations, ecumenical and coalitional offices in connection with the World Councilís goals and priorities. Interns may also get a chance to attend receptions and other functions at the UN, including sessions of the General Assembly and the Security Council. All interns will greatly expand their knowledge of the functioning of the UN and its agencies.
The internship is offered on an ongoing basis and lasts for a minimum period of three months, and may be renewed once for a further three-month period.
WCC internships are not remunerated. Thus, travel costs and living expenses must be borne by the interns themselves or by a sponsoring institution, and interns must have their own health insurance. Interns will be provided with a UN grounds pass.
The World Council of Churches is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, colour, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.
How to apply
Interested students can submit their cover letter, resume and references to: WCC/CCIA United Nations Headquarters Liaison Office 777 UN Plaza, Suite 9D New York, NY 10017 USA