Become an intern for UN’s Economic and Social Affairs Department and fly to Bangkok!

If you are interested in working within the most important international organization and gain valuable experience, don’t miss the opportunity to become an intern in the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific of UNDESA.


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Organization: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is part of the United Nations Secretariat and is responsible for the follow-up of United Nations conferences as well as services to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. UNDESA assists countries around the world with the goal of meeting their economic, social and environmental challenges. It provides a wide range of analytical products, policy advice and technical assistance, effectively translates global commitments in the economic, social and environmental fields into national policies and actions and continues to play a key role in monitoring progress towards international agreements and development goals.


Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand 


Open To: Applicants should be enrolled in the final year of their bachelor degree, enrolled in a graduate programme or already graduated


Timeframe:  Starting date unspecified, duration 3-6 months


Deadline: 31 December 2019


Job description: The Transport Division/Sustainable Transport Section internship is for 3 months with an opportunity for extension up to 6 months, if required by the division. Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the division or section to which they are assigned.

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Research on the availability of road safety, smart transport, and green transport for the ESCAP member countries;
  • An important part of the assignment will be to identify and collect information related to road safety, smart transport, and green transport from primary and secondary sources required for the study and select an appropriate methodology;
  • Coordinate and liaise, as necessary, with Transport Division staff of ESCAP, to identify key issues;
  • Review, analyze and compile the collected data and information, and prepare a report including the findings and conclusions, incorporating appropriate tables, graphs, charts with references;
  • Prepare infographics using computer software.
  • Prepare presentations on the work or the findings and outcomes of the internship including lessons learned to the Division's staff, if necessary.

The intern may also be asked to assist in the day-to-day work of the Division if required. She/he is expected to familiarize him/herself, to a limited extent, with administrative work of the Division and other tasks that are typical of UN organizations.


Qualifications: To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  •  be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

With regard to working experience, applicants:

  • are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme;
  • shall be computer literate in standard software applications. Good knowledge of MS Excel and any graphics software for developing infographics would be necessary;
  • have demonstrated a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
  • have demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Furthermore, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


Wage/Fees: Unpaid


Application process: A completed online application through this link (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 or what have you studied)
  • Graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
  • List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
  • List of your top three areas of interest
  • Explanation about why you are the most suitable candidate for this specific internship
  • Explanation of 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.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.


Useful links: Job offer page


Contact Information: For further informations, please visit the job offer page or the contacts page link


edited by Maria Laura Lo Cicero

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