United Nations - HR Internship in NY

09 Jan 2017 10:47 AM | Anonymous member

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Examinations and Tests Section within the United Nations Office of Human Resources Management is seeking interns with a background in administration, human resources management, industrial/organisational/occupational psychology, psychometrics, and other relevant fields, interested in gaining professional, hands-on experience with recruitment, pre-employment assessment, psychometric test development and internet-based test (IBT) delivery in a large-scale, multi-cultural, global organization.

The internship is for a minimum of three months with a possibility for extension up to six months. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Chief of the Examinations and Tests Section.

Internships are unpaid and travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas) and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern.


This opportunity is designed for an intern to work on different phases of pre-employment assessment at the United Nations. Interns will be assigned to specific projects based on individual backgrounds and preferences. A variety of projects centred on psychometric test development and administration activities are currently on-going. Depending on the assignment, project tasks may include the following:

•Provide support in the administration of various examinations managed by the Examinations and Tests Section, including Language Competitive Examinations, the Young Professionals Programme, the Global General Service Test;
•Schedule and coordinate test administration, including in-person or internet-based;
•Item writing and review;
•Compile and analyse examinations-related quantitative data;
•Manage large sets of data (e.g., item bank);
•Administer and analyse surveys;
•Draft communication for informative purposes for candidates, hiring departments, Member States;
•Engage with a wide variety of UN managers to make sure their needs are met during the testing process;
•Support process improvement projects (e.g., test content, test format, communication plan); and
•Other administrative tasks and projects as needed.


Planning & Organizing


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;

Preference will be given to applicants with an educational background in Industrial/Organisational/Occupational Psychology, Human Resources, and Quantitative Methods.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the project. However, applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their personal history profile.

Additionally, applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications (i.e., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint); familiarity with statistical software (e.g., SPSS) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, Fluency in all four areas of English is required (i.e., speaking, writing, reading, listening). Fluency in French is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

TO APPLY (deadline is January 20 at 11:59 PM New York time):
A completed online application, including a cover note and personal history profile (PHP) is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The cover note must include:
•Title of degree that the applicant is currently pursuing;
•Graduation date (when applicant graduated or will be graduating from the programme);
•The IT skills and programmes that the applicant is proficient in;
•An explanation why the applicant is a suitable candidate for this specific position;
•An explanation of the applicant’s interest in the United Nations Internship Programme; and
•The applicant’s availability time frame for the internship.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills and three references. Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful applicants will be contacted. 

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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