New York, NY
Job Description

This internship is located in the Analytics Section of the Analytics and Project Management Section of the Business Transformation and Accountability Division of the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC).

The DMSPC/BTA Analytics and Visualization team designs and develops advanced analytic and visualization solutions for global clients. The team responds to client requests based on a complex question that requires analytical treatment and visualization methods that are not possible using standard approaches. The team applies methods that include statistics, descriptive and predictive data mining, machine learning, algorithm development, modeling, forecasting, and customized visualization.

The internship programme is for a period of two months with an opportunity for extension up to six months, pending on the needs of the department.

The internship is UNPAID and full time.

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

As part of the DMSPC/BTA Analytics and Visualization team, the technical intern will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Contribute to a custom developed analytic and visualization framework / library.
  • Develop reusable code and components that can be integrated into other projects.
  • Ability to transform data sources for analysis and visualization.
  • Develop analytic algorithms and visualization layouts (graph, tree, map, chart, etc.).
  • Optimize application for maximum performance, speed and scalability.
  • Configure a sustainable build environment to efficiently manage continued framework / library development.
  • Support client requests using the above mentioned approaches.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Teamwork: 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.

Client orientation: 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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box." Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Technological awareness: 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.

Technological awareness: 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); (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;

  • 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 include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

In addition, for this internship the following is desirable:

Advanced studies in data science including data manipulation, analytics, and visualization, including:

Knowledge of architecture and best practices for developing a JavaScript library.

Knowledge and experience with any of the following is desirable:
  • Data manipulation libraries such as LoDash, Moment, JStat, and related
  • Rendering libraries such as SVG.js, D3.js, Pixi.js and Three.js
Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience, but are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their application, as well as interests, skills and knowledge in the areas below:

oExperience with MVC or ECS development model using Vanilla JS
oExperience working with file (csv), DB (SQLite), and other data sources
oExperience with Electron or comparable is desirable
oExperience with Python or R is desirable
oExperience with transpiling (e.g. Emscripten) C/C++ to JS is desirable.
oProficient understanding of web markup, including HTML5 and CSS3.
oProficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them.
oProficient in module loaders, bundlers and build tools such as Yarn, Gulp, npm, and related
oProficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as GIT.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; and fluency of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.



Special Notice
Completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
  • Dates of availability
  • Title of degree you are currently pursuing
  • Graduation Date (when will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme?)
  • List IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
  • List your 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 experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term "sexual exploitation" means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term "sexual abuse" means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term "sexual harassment" means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator's working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on "Manuals" hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


Job Type Internship