Internship opportunity

The UNODC Office in Brazil is seeking for an intern to provide support for its thematic programmes. We are looking for students in the fields of administration, international relations or any political/social sciences.

UNODC Brazil provides technical assistance to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay on issues related to justice, corruption, money laundering, human trafficking, organized crime, HIV/AIDS, health in prisons, drug abuse, treatment and rehabilitation, prevention of drug use and other areas.

Internship objective:

The UNODC Brazil internship programme provides on-the-job training, and in exchange for this experience, the interns are expected to contribute to the activities of the units to which they are assigned.  The main purposes of the programme is to provide a framework by which graduate and post-graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to activities where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;  to expose students to the work of the United Nations; to allow students to gain experience in the work of UNODC with the objective of deepening their knowledge and understanding of the United Nations' goals, principles and activities; to provide UNODC with the assistance of highly qualified students.

Main functions

The selected intern will provide support to programme managers by:

  • Assisting the project managers in day to day activities;
  • Preparing background documents for events and conferences;
  • Editing reports, concept notes and other related documents;
  • Drafting correspondences and reports;
  • Helping in organizing side events for UNODC;
  • Helping in the organization of travel arrangements in connection with UNODC events;
    • Researching a wide variety of topics for the purpose of providing information to address the mandates of UNODC;
    • Drafting briefings and analysis documents for the thematic programmes in the fields of human trafficking, violence prevention, drug use, etc;
    • Assisting with administrative procedures such as vendors´ registration and updating, scanning of documents, preparation of Excel tables, making follow-ups, (by telephone calls or e-mail) in accordance with the requirements posed by the programme managers;
    • Translating small documents to/from Portuguese, English and Spanish;
    • Managing translation assignments delivered by UN online volunteers.
    • Attending to meetings and events when needed;
    • Performing other duties as required.
  • Assisting UNODC programme managers when they attend to external meetings by taking notes and making follow-up;
  • Conducting research on the issues addressed by the Office, including statistics, articles and other relevant information;

Required qualifications:

-          Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme (at least in the 4th semester) or in a graduate degree program in the area of humanities, social sciences, communication/journalism, administration;

-          Candidates who have already graduated from university are also eligible, but must commence the internship within one year of their graduation date;

-          Excellent knowledge of Portuguese and English (oral and written);

-          Advanced knowledge of Spanish is desired.

Internship conditions:

The UNODC internship programme is voluntary. United Nations rules do not allow for remuneration or compensation of any kind, and the selected candidate must bear his/her own costs of living in Brasilia, Brazil.

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with the United Nations but to complement an intern's studies. Hence, there should be no expectation of employment following an internship.

Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in the Professional or higher categories in any organization/office belonging to the United Nations Secretariat, regardless of source of funding or type and length of appointment for a period of six months following the end of their internship.

Interns are responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during their internship with UNODC.

Interns are required to keep confidential any and all unpublished information acquired during the course of their internships and may not publish any reports or papers on the basis of information obtained, unless authorized to do so by UNODC.

The UNODC internship programme lasts  six months (part time) and covers its programmatic and administrative aspects, including its essential communication requirements with the aim of providing students with the opportunity of being exposed to the whole scope of UNODC´s  work in Brazil and in the Southern Cone. The successful candidate will be required to render his/her support in programme management, international cooperation project execution and administrative issues.


How to apply:

Interested students, should send a CV (in English) to the e-mail address with the subject "Internship - Programme Management", until 25 May 2018. Short-listed candidates may be required to pass a written test (with questions in Portuguese, English and Spanish) in order to be interviewed.