UNDESA IT SUPPORT INTERNSHIP in the Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

IGF IT Support Intern

Posting Title: UNDESA INTERNSHIP in the Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Job Code Title: INTERN

Department/ Office: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)/ Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat

Duty Station: GENEVA


Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)/ Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat internship is for a period of two months, with an opportunity for extension, depending on the needs of the department.

The internship is UNPAID, full-time and remote.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Carrying out his/her tasks under the supervision of a senior staff member, intern will perform the following functions:

- Providing technical updates to the IGF IT Systems (schedule and sessions for the IFD, interface with Zoom)

- Supporting technical actions on other systems such as soon reservation or registration systems.

- Producing material and deliver training to online volunteers who will moderate zoom meetings at the IGF.

- Assistance during conferences.

- Working on web-presentation.

- Compiling statistics.

- Media analysis.

- More generally, interns shall:

1. Observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization notwithstanding their status as described in section 4 of the UN Internship Programme Administrative Instructions ST/AI/2000/9 & ST/AI/2005/11;

2. Provide the receiving departments/offices with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the internship. The UN shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the internship. At the request of the UN, the interns shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the UN in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law;

3. Respect the impartiality and independence required of the UN and of the receiving department/office and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to the UN;

4. Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the receiving department/office, they may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information which has become known to them by reason of their association with the UN or the receiving department/office, that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the internship with the UN; and

5. Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the UN or on the receiving department/office and will not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the UN.


COMMUNICATION: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.

TEAMWORK: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.


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); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year or 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;

• Have knowledge of Drupal and Content Management System management;

• Have knowledge of PHP, SQL. Any other programming language is an advantage.

• Knowledge of mobile app development (Xamarin) is also an advantage. 

• 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 includes willingness to 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this Internship Programme. Knowledge of French is an asset.



Special Notice

Interested candidates can forward a completed Inspira Candidate Profile, CV and Cover Letter to the IGF Secretariat at [email protected]. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Complete application (Candidate Profile, CV and Cover Letter) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Instructions on how to complete and print the Candidate Profile are available here. 

The Cover Letter 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 Candidate 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.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee