January 21, 2019

Internship: United Nations, New York

The Office of the UN Ombudsman and Mediation Services is accepting applications for an unpaid internship in its New York headquarters. The temporary position is full-time and will last at least four months. Duties will depend on the intern's experience and needs of the program, but may include: outreach and advocacy; support preparing data and reports; and conducting research.

Applicants must be an enrolled student (or within a year after graduation) and be computer literate in standard software applications. Fluency in English is required; knowledge of French or another official UN language is desirable. The posting period for the internship ends March 30, 2019.  (UN Careers.)


  1. With a yearly budget of ~$11 million it is disappointing to see an office this size (in the 2nd most expensive metro area in the US) advertise an unpaid position.

    1. I agree. There has been some pushback against the UN in the past and some good reporting by the Nation, the Guardian, and the Economist (https://www.thenation.com/article/why-doesnt-the-united-nations-pay-its-interns/; https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/aug/22/when-will-the-united-nations-address-its-unjust-internship-policy; https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2015/08/20/why-the-un-doesnt-pay-its-interns). It seems like a systemic problem, which makes it even more ironic that it happens in UNOMS.