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Paid Internship at UN Women in Women’s Political Participation(Open to all nationalities)

Paid Internship at UN Women in Women’s Political Participation(Open to all nationalities)

Advertised by: UN Women
Location: New York, USA
Contract Type: Internship
Starting Date: July 8, 2024
Application Deadline: June 28, 2024 (Midnight New York, USA)
Post Level: Intern
Initial Contract Duration: 3 months
Languages Required: English
Expected Assignment Duration: 3 months

About UN Women

UN Women, rooted in the vision of equality outlined in the United Nations Charter, strives to eliminate discrimination against women and girls, empower women, and achieve gender equality. One of the core areas of UN Women’s work is enhancing women’s political participation, recognizing that women’s leadership is vital for robust democratic processes and inclusive societies. This initiative is part of the Entity’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025, which focuses on women’s participation in leadership and decision-making roles.

Internship Overview

UN Women seeks an intern to support the legislative and data monitoring activities of the women’s political participation team at HQ and aid in the renewal of the Women in Local Government website. The intern will be supervised by the Policy Specialist on Local Government and will assist in several niche areas related to women’s political participation, such as representation in local government, electoral information, and women’s participation in political processes, including suffrage.

Key Responsibilities

  • Website Support: Assist in updating the Women in Local Government website by monitoring legislative changes, reviewing new legal provisions, and formatting and uploading information.
  • Data and Electoral Information: Conduct a global mapping of electoral information and data on women’s political participation by reviewing electoral laws and disseminated information.
  • Research: Undertake research on various topics related to women’s political participation, including women’s suffrage.
  • Additional Support: Aid other activities related to women’s political participation, including organizing meetings.

Learning Objectives

  • Enhance knowledge of women’s political participation, local government structures, and electoral systems.
  • Gain insights into global processes concerning women’s political participation data, including SDGs and international guidelines.
  • Exposure to policy work and creation of knowledge products related to governance and participation in political and public affairs.


Core Values

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

For more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies, click here.

Functional Competencies

  • Knowledge of gender equality and political participation
  • Ability to produce well-written policy and research documents
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Effective teamwork in multidisciplinary environments
  • Interest in inclusive participation issues and gender equality

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in Political Science, Social Sciences, Law, Human Rights, International Relations, Gender Studies, or a related field.
  • Must meet one of the following:
    • Enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
    • Enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
    • Graduated with a university degree and must commence the internship within two years of graduation.
    • Enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program part of a degree program.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English.
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Interns not receiving financial support from other sources will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize basic living costs during the internship.

Application Information

  • All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
  • Only successful candidates will be contacted due to the high volume of applications.
  • The successful candidate must provide proof of health insurance, school enrollment or degree, passport/national ID, and a valid visa (if applicable).

Additional Information

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and all employment decisions are based on qualifications, competence, and organizational need. UN Women enforces a zero-tolerance policy on conduct incompatible with its aims, including sexual exploitation, harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination.

For reasonable accommodation requests during the recruitment and selection process, include this information in your application.

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