UN Internship in Economic Commission for Europe 2024 in Geneva

The United Nations offers exceptional internship opportunities that allow students and recent graduates to gain valuable experience while contributing to global initiatives. One such opportunity is the INTERN – ECONOMIC AFFAIRS position at the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. This internship is a gateway to understanding international economic affairs and sustainable development while working in a dynamic, multicultural environment.

Benefits of the Internship

While UN internships are unpaid, they offer numerous intangible benefits:

  1. Professional Experience: Gain hands-on experience in economic affairs and sustainable transport.
  2. Networking Opportunities: Connect with professionals and experts in the field, as well as high-level participants and speakers from governments, international organizations, and the private sector.
  3. Skill Development: Enhance your research, analytical, and communication skills.
  4. Global Exposure: Work in a multicultural environment and learn to navigate the complexities of international relations and economic policies.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the UN Internship Programme, applicants must meet the following conditions:

Educational Requirements:

    • Enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
    • Enrolled in or have completed the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).

Field of Study: Preferably in economics, political/international affairs, international relations, business/public administration, law, or related fields.

Skills and Knowledge:

    • Proficient in standard software applications.
    • Knowledge of the transport sector, sustainable development, and/or climate change is an asset.
    • Keen interest in the work of the United Nations and commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter.
    • Ability to interact effectively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs.

Languages: Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French or Russian is desirable.

Responsibilities of the Intern

The selected intern will work under the supervision of the Secretary of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and will be involved in the following tasks:

  • Research and Analysis: Assist with research, analysis, and drafting of documents for the 87th plenary session of the ITC.
  • Participant Coordination: Help invite participants and speakers, including high-level representatives from governments, international organizations, and the private sector.
  • Event Organization: Support the organization of side-events, involving high-level UN officials and representatives of member states.
  • Communication Management: Assist with the preparation of communication materials and manage the ITC web and social media presence.
  • General Support: Provide ad hoc assistance with other activities related to the preparation and follow-up of the ITC plenary session and its side-events, and support the implementation of the ITC Decarbonization Strategy.

Application Method

To apply for this internship, candidates must submit a complete online application ( that includes a cover note and a Personal History Profile and the cover note should detail:

  • The degree you are currently pursuing.
  • Your graduation date.
  • Your proficiency in IT skills and programs.
  • Your top three areas of interest.
  • Why you are the best candidate for the position.
  • Your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
  • Your availability during the internship period.

Deadline for Application: July 14, 2024

Internship Duration: October 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025.

Dr. Philip Morgan

(Associate Editor) Dr. Philip Morgan is a postdoctoral fellow and lead author at He earned his Master's and Ph.D. from Stanford before pursuing research in the U.S. on a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship. Leveraging his diverse academic background, Dr. Morgan creates informative articles on scholarships, internships, and fellowships for international students. His expertise and passion empower students to achieve their academic goals through international education opportunities.

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