Call for Application: United Nations Légal Affairs Internship in New York 2020
Application Deadline: April 7, 2020
The Administrative Law Division (ALD) in the Office of Human Resources (OHR), Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC) internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
The Appeals and Accountability Section of ALD prepares advice on internal disciplinary matters and represents the Organization in appeals before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal. The Critical Incident Response Service of ALD responds to complex and critical incidents and matters posing significant risks to the reputation of the Organization.
ALD is seeking highly motivated graduate students who wish to gain professional experience in administrative law within an international organization. This three to six-month internship
offers a practical educational experience and provides interns with the opportunity to work in a multicultural, intergovernmental organization.
Interns perform tasks under the supervision of a Legal Officer from either the Appeals and Accountability Section or the Critical Incident Response Service. Interns assist in preparing advice on disciplinary matters, conducting legal research, and analyzing issues arising from the application of the Staff Regulations and Rules. Interns also assist counsel to prepare written and oral submissions in proceedings before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal. They assist to draft various legal documents and communications, support information and knowledge management practices, and perform other duties as required.
• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
– (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) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation; or (d) if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree in Law or an area related to Law;
– Be computer literate in standard software applications;
– Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the 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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of French is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration
Please apply here: