INTERN - INFORMATION SYSTEMS & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Department: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Location: New York (Distance Internship Available)
Internship Duration:2-6 months
Language Requirements: Fluent in spoken and written English; Knowledge of other official languages of the United Nations will be considered a plus
Application Date:23 September 2022 - 21 December 2022
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Org. Setting and Reporting
The Strategic Planning and Communication Services (SPCS) of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General (OUSG) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is responsible for providing strategic planning, communications services and information technology to the Department. SPCS produces and manages content for the web and supports operations in the form of network administration, systems development, and IT asset management. The Web Design internship is for two months minimum with an opportunity for extension up to 6 months, pending on the needs of the office. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a SPCS staff member.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
？ Designing brochures, web site and related products to promote DESA’s work online or in physical format with the incorporation of the new DESA ecosystem and identity;
？ Populating content for DESA website in six UN official languages;
？ Building and enhancing online modules used by DESA websites;
？ Using a range of technologies and tools such as PHP, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, InDesign and SQL databases;
？ Performing other duties as assigned.
The United Nations Core Competencies include:
？ Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
？ Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
？ Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from clients' point of view.
？ Technological Awareness: Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office.
The intern is expected to:
？ Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations 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.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
c) subject to review on a case-by-case basis, applicants within a few years from graduation who could not apply earlier and who are in an early stage of their careers; as a first time entry into the workforce; are changing careers or due to compelling family circumstances.
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. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of a second United Nations official language is an asset.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include:
？ Degree Programme (What are you currently studying)
？ Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme)
？ List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
？ List your 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.
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.
G-4 VISAS FOR INTERNS:
All interns assigned to a UN Organization, including Funds and Programmes, at a United States based duty station, who are not United States citizens or United States legal permanent residents (LPR) will be required to obtain G-4 visas prior to travelling to the United States.
Prospective interns who are already in the United States in another nonimmigrant status may need to apply for a change of status to G-4 prior to joining the United Nations for an internship. It should be emphasized that prospective interns are responsible for ensuring that they have an appropriate valid visa and employment authorization allowing them to undertake the internship.
If the applicant is in F-1 status and has a valid EAD, they may undertake an internship within the scope of their F-1 visa without seeking a change of visa status. Please note, however, that interns in F-1 status who wish to undertake an internship following completion of their academic programme as part of Optional Practical Training (OPT) ‘may’ need to seek a change of visa status to G-4 (This process currently takes about 8-10 weeks) or obtain G-4 visa overseas.
To qualify for G-4 nonimmigrant status, interns must be serving essentially full-time, i.e. 35 + hours per week.
Please also be advised that all candidates working in New York Headquarters will be required to submit proof of Covid-19 vaccination status.