Intern- Drug Control and Crime Prevention

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Apr 01

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is located in the New York Liaison Office, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), New York. The envisaged period of internship is approximately three to four months with a possibility of extension to a maximum of six months subject to the needs of the office and the availability of the intern.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time, and based in New York.

The intern works five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of at least one professional staff member.

The starting date for the internship is as soon as possible.

For information on the work of UNODC, please visit and of the New York Office


The intern shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:

•Assistance in monitoring worldwide developments (e.g. on transnational organized crime, terrorism, piracy, human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, money laundering, corruption, and illicit drug trade);

•Conduct research for and contribute to the preparation of documents, summaries, talking points, speeches, remarks and web content;

•Attend and take notes at meetings (e.g. General Assembly, Security Council, Third Committee);

•Document, media and internet research on topics related to UNODC's mandate and update the office's information and resource tools;

•Assist in the preparation of, and during, meetings, high-level debates and conferences;

•Support the Offices' public relations and communications efforts, including through ICT and social media;

•Perform other tasks as necessary.



•Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in fluent English;

•Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;  

•Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.


•Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;

•Places team agenda before personal agenda.

Client Orientation

•Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients ' and seeks to see things from clients' point of view;

•Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems.

Technological Awareness

•Keeps abreast of available technology;

•Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks;

•Shows willingness to learn new technology.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met and applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (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); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.


Preference will be given to candidates whose studies are in one of the following areas: law, international relations, political science, sociology, journalism, criminology, communications, knowledge management or another related field. In addition, candidates must 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.

Work Experience

•Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


•Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship.

•Knowledge of additional official UN languages is an asset (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration.

Special Notice

•Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient in English and able to take comprehensive notes and prepare reports to UN standards within short time frames.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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