July 27, 2022
Applications open: Intern, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations
Term: September – December 2022 (exact dates to be determined)
Location: New York, NY, USA. Please note that a final decision on hosting interns in-person in New York is dependent on the health situation in both Canada and the United States and subject to broader Government of Canada guidelines.
Description: The Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations is seeking up to two interns for Fall 2022 The intern will have an opportunity to: become familiar with the workings of a multilateral mission; gain practical insight into the conduct of diplomacy at the UN on a range of issues pertaining to peace and security, development, human rights, economic and social affairs; and improve their understanding of the UN system, all while contributing to advancing Canadian policy and priorities in a multilateral setting.
The Permanent Mission prioritizes an approach to multilateralism that is diverse and inclusive. We encourage candidates who self-identify as belonging to one of the following employment equity groups, Indigenous Peoples, People with Disabilities, Visible Minorities and Women, to apply.
Hours per week: 37.5 hours per week. Flexible work hours may be required, depending on the UN schedule.
Rate of pay: Rate of pay will be consistent with Treasury Board guidelines. See: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/pay/rates-pay/student-rates-pay.html
Required skills / characteristics:
- All applicants must be Canadian citizens or Canadian residents
- Applicants must be enrolled in a program of full-time study at an accredited university or college and either have an active profile in the Federal Student Work Experience Program or be in an eligible co-op program (https://www5.psc-cfp.gc.ca/coop/noitcanoitutitsnimargorphcraes.do ). Students may receive credits at their academic institution for completing the internship.
- Preference will be given to candidates with a background in political science, international relations, Indigenous studies, law, journalism, history, economics and/or a related discipline;
- Candidates should possess:
- Strong oral and written communication skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-cultural settings;
- Strong organizational skills, capacity to respect tight deadlines and to set priorities;
- Good judgment; and
- Flexibility, creativity and effective problem-solving skills;
- Graduate level education will be an asset;
- Bilingualism (English/French) will be an asset;
- Proficiency in one of the other UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) or another language will be an asset;
Selected candidates must successfully complete a reliability screening before serving at the Permanent Mission;
The Permanent Mission does not provide medical insurance to student interns; interns must therefore arrange for coverage for the duration of the internship. Proof of medical insurance will be required.
Responsibilities: Interns may be assigned a range of tasks and responsibilities, according to need. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Providing analytical support to the Political, Legal/Social/Human Rights, Development, and Military/Police Sections within the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations;
- Attending formal meetings of the United Nations, including of the Security Council, General Assembly, Peacebuilding Commission, Economic and Social Council, and other intergovernmental bodies;
- Attending informal meetings organized by Member States, United Nations entities, civil society organizations, and academic institutions;
- Tracking developments in specified intergovernmental negotiations;
- Preparing detailed reports for a wide policy audience across Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Canada;
- Undertaking research or policy analysis on thematic topics relevant to Canada's engagement with the United Nations;
- Drafting correspondence, narratives, and event summaries for use in the Permanent Mission's public affairs work;
- Providing support for the organization of Canadian events; and
- Other writing, analytical, logistical, and administrative support as required.
Application process: To apply, candidates must send the following material by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 5th, 2022 at 17:00 EST. The application must include the following:
- Cover letter explaining interest in position
- Curriculum Vitae
- Contact for one reference (academic or professional)
- University transcripts