The internship position is with the UN Library at Geneva in support of the Information Technology team.
The internship will last a maximum of 6 months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five (5) days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the Section.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
-Support the development, implementation and maintenance of specific applications projects and tools.
-Provide support on security, data integrity and recovery questions.
-Assist with business analysis of software applications, and with user needs assessments.
-Assist in improving the existing tools and applications.
-Provide support on software and hardware systems applications.
-Assist in installation and maintenance of software and hardware systems applications.
-Support the management of users and assets.
-Support the management and maintenance of Library servers.
-Participate in the preparation and update of team’s and user documentation.
-Participation in training activities, including the preparation of training materials.
-Assist in researching, testing and evaluating new products and technologies.
-Perform other duties as required.
-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.
-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated tasks.
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view.
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.
-Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems.
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
-Keeps abreast of available technology;
-Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office;
-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:
-Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in Information and Technology Sciences will be an advantage; (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;
-Be computer literate in standard software applications; proficiency in HTML, CSS and/or Drupal, and/or elementary programming skills is desirable;
-Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
-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.
Fluency in French or English and knowledge of the other is required.
Completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The cover note must include:
-Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
-Graduation date (when will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?).
-IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
-Top three areas of interest.
-Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
-Explain 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.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this instruction, "child" means (i) the child of a staff member;
(ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member's spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). "Sibling" includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.