Climate Change Intern

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

New York, United States of America

Duties and Responsibilities

The Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the department. For more information about the Office.

The unpaid internship is designed to be in person and full-time at the New York duty station but can be adjusted based on the request of the successful candidate. Depending on the situation of the successful candidates, the internship may also offer a flexible work arrangement to be conducted hybrid (in person and remote), and/or temporary FWA for the purpose of G-4 visa processing. 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. 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:

  • Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, especially on climate change
  • Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings,
  • Document, legal and internet research,
  • Assistance during conferences,
  • Working on web-presentation,
  • Evaluation of projects,
  • Compiling statistics,
  • Media analysis,
  • Speechwriting

Qualifications/special skills

Applicants to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent). 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. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.