Intern - Legal Affairs, New York

  • OLA - Office of Legal Affairs 
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Oct 21, 2020
Intern OLA - Office of Legal Affairs

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) is recruiting interns for the period from November 2020 to February 2021 for its six (6) divisions located in New York. We are seeking highly motivated graduate or undergraduate students who wish to gain professional experience in international law within an international organization in order to supplement their studies. This internship will include practical educational experience which provides the opportunity to work in a multicultural intergovernmental organization. Under the supervision of legal officers, interns will work on projects and tasks assigned by them, which may include assignments that are relevant to their educational background and interests. The interns will have an opportunity to apply and further develop their theoretical knowledge.



Responsibilities of internship positions range widely, encompassing many aspects of OLA's work. These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

• Assisting in conducting legal research on issues related to international law and other areas of specialization using multiple research resources;

• Assisting in the review of legal documents, instruments or other material;

• Assisting in drafting and preparing official and legal documents;

• Attending and taking notes at conferences and meetings;

• Assisting in servicing conferences and meetings;

• Working on website and/or presentations.



PROFESSIONALISM: Applicants must demonstrate a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations. They must have an ability to work effectively in a team and in a multicultural environment, and to work collaboratively with colleagues and external counterparts. In addition, they must have good drafting and oral communication skills, and be computer literate in standard software applications.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.



The degree programme which applicants are enrolled in or have recently graduated from must be in Law. Applicants must demonstrate their intention to study further or to work in a field relevant to the work of OLA.

Applicants to the United Nations Internship Programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

• Either

(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,

(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent).


Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.



English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat in New York. For the internship advertised, proficiency in oral and written English is required, and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language, i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish, is an advantage.

Organization type

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