Internship at the UN Headquarters in Bonn

UN Volunteers UNV

Application deadline: 31 December 2014

Post: Internship, UN Youth Volunteer Programme

Description: Assisting with organization of workshops, communications and outreach activities

Duration: 3 – 6 months (starting in March 2015) at UNV headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.

UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has approximately 150 staff positions – with the majority in Bonn and some positions with different UN peacekeeping and political missions, and in other Headquarters locations (e.g. New York and Tokyo).

Duties and responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Project Manager for the UN Youth Volunteer Programme, the intern will support the implementation of the project through communicating with project partners, UNV Field Units as well as research and monitoring developments through different channels. Depending on the competencies and interests of the interns, assignments will include:

  • Assist the preparation of workshops
  • Monitor, analyze and synthesize developments, press clippings and reports with regards to the relevant global policy frameworks and developments.
  • Develop reports or policy briefs with reviews of practices, lessons learned, and recommendations on good practices in relation to the integration of volunteerism into the relevant policy frameworks.
  • Research, collect, analyze and edit documents related to evidence of youth volunteerism impact on development.
  • Assist project activities at UNV HQ in general.
  • Take minutes and prepare presentations and documents for in-house committees and Field Units.
  • Perform other duties as required.

The interns are also expected to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism as well as the above mentioned policy frameworks by reading relevant UNV and other publications.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience

  • Education: Completed undergraduate degree (Bachelor) and current enrollment in a Master’s degree or equivalent. Only those students who will return to their studies upon completion of their internship assignments are eligible;
  • Field of study: Development-related fields such as economics, international relations, anthropology, sociology, public or business administration, or environmental studies. Other fields of study may be considered depending on the type of assignment;
  • Language skills: Written and spoken proficiency in English and preferably in an additional official UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese);
  • Demonstrated interest in the field of development and the work of international organisations.
  • Previous experience in:
    • – organization of workshops/ events
    • – partnership building and stakeholder consultations
    • – and/ or communications and campaign management
    • – and/or research and policy development as well as experience in developing countries is desirable.
    • – Knowledge of the UN work environment an advantage.
  • Enthusiastic about the role of youth volunteerism and participation in peace and development and ready to learn.
  • Experience in non – formal education an asset.
  • Good oral and written communications skills and demonstrated research abilities and interest
  • Internet proficiency as well as proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required. Experience with the development of statistics, charts in Excel and Web 2.0 tools (especially social networking) an asset.
  • Experience in volunteering a strong asset.

General Terms and Conditions

  • UNDP Conditions of Service for interns ( apply for interns working at UNV Headquarters.
  • The Internship Programme operates on a non-remunerative basis. Costs and arrangements for travel, visa, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern.
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNV but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
  • UNV accepts no responsibility for the intern’s medical insurance or for costs arising from illness during the internship. Interns are required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and called for a motivational interview that will take place on an ongoing basis.
  • Please also refer to UNV’s general terms and conditions for internships at UNV at

Applications (Application form [MS Word], CV and a short paragraph on your motivation in English) should be sent via e-mail to

Download the Application form and for more information here.

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