Civil Society Division Intern

Created in July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly and grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women, among other issues, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The UN Women Internship Programme offers a small group of outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UN Women’s work. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law and public policies. We accept students currently enrolled in a master’s, post-master’s or doctorate programme, or in the final year of a bachelor’s programme as well as recent graduates (maximum one year after graduation).

All students that have been selected for a UN Women internship have undergone a rigorous selection process to ensure that the individual’s academic background and skill set best fits the organization’s mandate.

Duties and Responsibilities
The primary role of the Civil Society Division is to catalyze, promote and facilitate UN Women’s engagement with civil society. The Division develops strategies for partnerships with civil society organizations (CSOs), women’s rights organizations and networks, and our Civil Society Advisory Groups at the country, regional and global level. The Division also leads the work on supporting civil society movement building, movement protection and solidarity. The Division’s work is anchored in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the Beijing Platform for Action, and focuses on amplifying the principles of leaving no one behind. As such, the Division employs an intersectional approach to its catalytic work.  UN Women also supports civil society participation in a number of intergovernmental processes, including the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Outreach to non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council assists their contributions to discussions at the Commission on the Status of Women and major international conferences.

Under the supervision of the Communications Analyst, the intern shall perform a variety of tasks which may vary in accordance with the priorities of the Division, namely:

  • Assist with the strategic outreach to civil society partners (women’s rights organizations, youth led organizations, men and boys’ groups, trade unions, refugee and migrant groups, US and Europe based NGOs etc.), by researching and mapping of CSO partnerships and initiatives
  • Support the Division’s other priority areas including the use of arts advocacy for social justice movement building, research on feminist faith engagement, LGBTI issues etc. as needed
  • Assist in preparing meeting notes, briefing notes and talking points for the Division chief and other UN Women senior representatives
  • Assist with NGO written statements (mild editing and formatting)
  • Assist with designing and developing communications outreach products for events (flyers, report covers, brochures etc)
  • Support NGO participation at CSW, including by monitoring and responding to email requests
  • Assist with the scheduling of CSW side events on UN premises
  • Assist with NGO onsite check-in prior and during CSW
  • Assist with the CSW information desk during the session
  • Assist with social media activities concerning the Civil Society Division via the organization’s specialized social media platforms.
Core Values and Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

  • Analytical and academic research skills
  • Ability to think logically and work with great attention to detail;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with communications and office software suites (photoshop etc);


Required Skills and Experience

  • The intern must have studies in communications, political science, law, public policies, human development public administration or other similar subject at the university level;
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage.


Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

Application Information:

  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest
  • Selected applicants must provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrolment, passport, and visa (if applicable).

UN Women Internship Policy:

Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application 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);
  • (c) Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship w

UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship:

  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;

The intern must provide proof of enrolment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrolment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application. The intern must be available to start ASAP.