Nations Language Internship
The Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM)
provides opportunities for students aspiring to work in the language professions
to serve on internships hosted by the Department’s language services at the
United Nations Headquarters in
New York, as well as in the other three duty stations (Geneva,
Vienna and Nairobi).
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) also
hosts interns from universities in its region. The programme offers interns an
opportunity to familiarize themselves with the specific features and
requirements of the United Nations language services. Owing to resource
limitations, such internships are normally offered to students enrolled in those
institutions with which the United Nations has signed a memorandum of
understanding on cooperation in the training of candidates for language
competitive examinations (MoU
objective of the Language Internship Programme is threefold:
provide a framework within which undergraduate and graduate students from
diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to DGACM Language Services, where
their educational experience can be enhanced through top-up training and
practical work assignments;
• To expose interns to the work of the United
• To provide language services with the assistance of highly
qualified interns specializing in conference interpretation and translation.
Starting from 2012, the Department offers the programme twice a year (winter and
summer) for two months.
Conditions for admittance to the Programme:
• Interns are unpaid.
They are expected to arrange for their own accommodation. The Organization does
not provide any rental subsidy.
• Interns are personally responsible for
obtaining the necessary visa and making their travel arrangements.
United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern
or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship.
• Interns normally will be given a desk, a telephone and computer access.
• Each intern is required, upon acceptance, to provide the following
documentation: (a) a signed acceptance letter and an internship agreement; (b)
proof of enrolment in a graduate or undergraduate programme, or proof of recent
graduation (less than 12 months); (c) proof of valid health insurance coverage;
and (d) a medical certificate of good health.
• At the conclusion of the internship, the supervisor will arrange a meeting
with the intern to provide constructive feedback on performance. A specific form
will be distributed to interns in their final weeks which may be used for this
purpose. A certificate of completion of the internship is delivered to interns
whose attendance and performance are deemed satisfactory by their supervisor.
• The internship is on a full-time basis with working hours from 9am to 5pm, 5
days per week.
• The DGACM Training and Outreach Team organizes group training sessions for the
interns, where speakers from various UN offices provide them with information
about the UN and its work. A group photo opportunity with the Secretary-General
may also be organized.
• Upon arrival at the duty station, each intern is delivered a ground pass
allowing access to the premises where the intern is assigned.
Interns are required to complete two online courses on “Integrity Awareness” and
“Prevention of workplace harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority”.
• At the conclusion of the internship trainees may be offered to take a
freelance test in their specialization. Successful candidates will be
recommended for a freelance roster in the relevant occupational group.
Interns are encouraged to attend meetings and conferences at the United Nations
in order to broaden their exposure to the work of the Organization.
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Updated: 9 April 2013 / Oyuna Tsogt