UN Foundation, Policy and Planning Internship Opening - Fall 2018

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Intern, Policy Planning | Internship Expectations

Title: Intern, Policy Planning

Duration: September 2018- December 2018

Supervisor: Deputy Director, Policy Planning

United Nations Foundation and Executive Office Overview

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

The Policy Planning team sits within the Executive Office and works across the Foundation on a variety of UN issues to support analysis, policy-supported work, and content preparation. In addition to monitoring, tracking and analyzing day-to-day issues relevant to international cooperation, the Policy Planning intern will provide cross-cutting policy, research, analysis, and events support—allowing him/her to learn about and work on several priority issues of the Foundation. Policy Planning Intern will provide cross-cutting policy, research and events support to the Office – allowing him/her to learn about several priority issues of the Foundation.

Internship Expectations:

  • Participate in internal meetings and provide support on a cross-section of efforts and assignments.
  • Attend external meetings relevant to UN Foundation priorities and report back on highlights.
  • Monitor websites, new publications, and external analyses on UN, G7, G20 and other international fora issues and synthesize latest events, research and policy developments.
  • Assist in research, drafting, and updating UNF colleagues on discrete policy projects and opportunities, including drafting of policy option memos.
  • Support research and assist with background documents and meeting preparation and other logistical support.
  • Assist with preparation, execution, and follow-up of UN Foundation events and meetings.
  • Other duties as necessary, including working across teams on short and medium-term assignments.

Selection Criteria:

  • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
  • Graduate student or recently obtained graduate degree preferred
  • Candidate is ideally expected to work full-time, though we can accommodate students’ schedules as needed.
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter – while also contributing to a strong team environment.
  • Experience with supporting the planning and execution of events.
  • Fast and organized learner with attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Interest or experience in the United Nations, International Development, Sustainability, International Affairs and/or the non-profit sector.

Benefits and Compensation:

The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships. The UN Foundation is happy to host interns who are able to receive academic credit or a stipend through their college or university. However, please note that it is not a requirement to intern with us.

This internship will begin in early September 2018.