Full Time Internship Programme at the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
Internship Programme (Unpaid)
Term of Reference
1. Purpose of the internship programme
The purpose of the internship programme is to expose qualified students specialized in various professional fields to the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations. As part of our team, working directly with outstanding career professionals and senior management, applicants will take part in high-profile conferences and meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organizational policy of the United Nations where their educational experience can be enhanced.
2. Main Activities of the Young Professional Interns
The Internship Programme is comprising the following training activities:
- The interns will review all relevant information and documents related to UNODC's work in order to acquire basis understanding of the mandates, strategic policies, framework of programmes/activities of the organization.
- The interns will assist the office in maintaining close contacts with concerned UN agencies and relevant drug control offices and institutions as well as other UNODC field offices in the region.
- The interns will participate in organizing meetings, seminars and donor countries official visits to promote wider cooperation with potential donors and partner institutions.
- The interns will be involved in the office activities related to information collection and compilation of basic statistical background for the preparation of technical papers and speeches.
- The interns will be involved in selected field work and programme/project activities related to their priority areas of studies and internship.
Provided that the Eligibility criteria are met, candidates for the Internship Programme will be selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:
- Graduate studies in the fields related to political and social sciences, economics, public health, psychology, public and business administration, law studies or other relevant programmes.
- Strong interest in working with the UN system, particularly on drug and crime related fields.
- Excellent knowledge of English with fluency in speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
- General IT competence and command of the main office software environment.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and a strong team working capacity.
4. Eligibility requirements
Provided that the eligible criteria are met, applicants for the internship programme will be selected on competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:
(a) Applicants are enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship; or
(b) Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.
Undergraduates (with no completed first degree) and those graduates with a higher degree who have already completed all of their studies will not be eligible to participate in the programme. Students having completed in-class studies who are required under their degree programme to complete a certain amount of internship time before obtaining their final diploma will be accepted as applicants.
5. Duration of the internship programme
The normal duration of an internship is two months, which can be extended for an additional two months. The total duration may be exceptionally extended to a maximum of six months when there are special academic requirements or special needs of the receiving department/office.
The internship programme is normally on a full-time basis. The interns are expected to work five days a week in a department/office which has selected them, under the supervision of a staff member.
6. Interns' expenses and medical benefits
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibilities of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
The United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage and provide a medical certificate of good health.
7. How to Apply
To apply, students interested in the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Internship Programme should submit:
- A brief application letter indicating their areas of interest
- Proof of continuing studies (i.e. a letter of confirmation from a university)
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A short essay in English (150-250 words) outlining their reasons for doing an internship.
To ensure that your application is promptly sent to the correct department, please follow this format in your SUBJECT line: "Recruitment - Internship - [AREA of INTEREST] [Current field of study] [Internship period]. Send your application via email to email@example.com :
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Building, 3
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 288 2100
Fax: +66 2 281 2129
Due to high volume of internship applications, we cannot respond to your application individually and only successful applicants will be contacted.