United Nations University Global Governance Junior Fellow, New York,USA (Paid Internship open to diverse nationalities)

Job description

About United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.
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About United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)

United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) in New York is one of 13 research and training Institutes that comprise the think tanks in the UNU system. UNU-CPR combines research excellence with deep knowledge of the multilateral system to generate innovative solutions to current and future global public policy challenges.  More information is available at: 

A Breakthrough for People and Planet: Project Overview

The Secretary-General announced the formation of a High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Effective Multilateralism in March 2022. It was tasked with taking stock of deficits in existing global governance arrangements, as well as emerging priorities for international cooperation. The Board’s point of departure was the call in the Our Common Agenda report for new investments in multilateralism that can support transformation toward more networked, inclusive, and effective cooperative governance arrangements.

Following a year of public consultations and internal deliberations, the final report of the HLAB was presented to the Secretary-General in April 2023. UNU-CPR, which served as HLAB Secretariat, is engaged in building understanding, appreciation, and momentum for the bold recommendations in the report amongst different stakeholder groups ahead of the Summit of the Future in September 2024. The Junior Fellow (intern) will support this project. Visit these links for more information:

Description of Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the UNU-CPR Director and project personnel, the Junior Fellow (intern) will:

  • Attend Our Common Agenda thematic briefings at UN Headquarters and other relevant meetings and produce summary notes for the UNU-CPR project team;
  • Conduct background research for talking points and briefing notes on relevant HLAB and Our Common Agenda topics;
  • Conduct literature reviews on specific topics relevant to HLAB and Our Common Agenda;
  • Identify suitable experts and institutions that can partner with UNU-CPR on HLAB dissemination;
  • Coordinate meetings, briefings and workshops related to HLAB;
  • Perform administrative and other duties as assigned.

Learning objectives

  • Gaining an understanding of key issues under consideration regarding effective multilateralism.
  • Developing a familiarity with the United Nations system and an awareness and knowledge of issues that are of critical importance to the United Nations, its Member States, and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Gaining exposure to the research and related work of UNU and UNU-CPR and gaining an understanding of the potential solutions and innovations that are driving change across the UN system.



  • Inclusion – Take action to create an environment of dignity and respect for all, regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, geography, grade, language, nationality, racial identity, religion, sex, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, social origin or any other aspect of identity.
  • Integrity – Act ethically, demonstrating the standards of conduct of the United Nations and taking prompt action in case of witnessing unprofessional or unethical behaviour, or any other breach of UN standards.
  • Humility – Demonstrate self-awareness and willingness to learn from others.
  • Humanity – Act according to the purposes of the United Nations: peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet.


  • Connect and Collaborate – Build positive relationships with others to advance the work of the United Nations and work coherently as One UN
  • Analyse and Plan – Seek out and use data from a wide range of sources to understand problems, inform decision-making, propose evidence-based solutions and plan action
  • Deliver Results with Positive Impact – Hold oneself and others accountable for delivering results and making a positive difference to the people and causes that the United Nations serves
  • Learn and Develop – Pursue own learning and development and contribute to the learning and development of others
  • Adapt and Innovate – Demonstrate flexibility, agility and the ability to think and act in novel ways

You may wish to refer to the UN Values and Behaviours Framework for more information.



  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: journalism, law, communications, development, economics, international relations, peace and security, or other relevant subjects is required.
  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree programme or within the two-year post-graduation (maximum) from a graduate degree programme.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


The candidate:

  • has excellent research, writing and analytical skills;
  • can establish and maintain effective working relations with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • demonstrates resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving;
  • has advanced computer skills: sound, hands-on, knowledge of MS Office applications (familiarity with ICT tools and high level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel are desirable);
  • has a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and more specifically, in the work of the United Nations University.


  • This is an in-person position, requiring regular attendance at UNU-CPR’s office in New York City.


Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UNU to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.

The monthly amount of the stipend will be determined for each duty station based on the stipend rates in effect. For New York the rate is USD1,000 per month. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.

Duration of contract: The duration of the internship is approx 7 months.

Expected start date:  4 March 2024

Expected end date30 September 2024

How to Apply:

To apply to UNU, you will not need an account. Instead, we ask that you:

  • Application: Apply via the apply link.
  • Answer a few questions that are tailored to the position.
  • CV: Attach a current and complete CV in English (in the place where it says to upload the P11 Form). Your résumé or c.v. may not exceed two single-sided pages.
  • Cover Letter: Insert your Cover Letter (in English) as required, stating interest in and qualifications for the post. Your cover letter should not be longer than one single-sided page and should include the following: i. your motivations for applying to the position; ii. how you feel you may contribute to the work being done at UNU-CPR; iii. how this position relates to your future career goals.

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Application Deadline:  Friday 2 February, by 12:00pm New York time



Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or a competency-based interview, and references.


The successful applicant will be required to sign an Agreement Form that will act as the working contract between the intern and UNU-CPR for the duration of the internship.
Please note that health insurance is not provided.  The successful candidate will be required to submit proof of adequate health insurance coverage for the entire duration of the internship.  

Special notice
The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNU but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Interns do not hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations and may not represent UNU in any official capacity.

UNU accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship.
UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply. Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged.

UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

Information about UNU rosters

UNU reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this internship announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this internship cohort for upcoming internships within the next 2 years.

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