Peace and Security Internship, World Federation of United Nations Associations

Hours per week

40 Hours/Week




1 United Nations Plaza
New York
New York
United States


General overview

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global non-profit organization working for a stronger and more effective United Nations. Established in 1946, we represent and coordinate a membership of over 100 United Nations Associations and their thousands of members. We work to build a better world by strengthening and improving the United Nations, through the engagement of people – global citizens - who share a global mindset and support international cooperation. Our organization has offices at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva, and hosts interns in both locations.

With activities in the field of Peace and Security, Sustainable Development, Human Rights, Youth Engagement and Education, WFUNA has a presence in New York, Geneva, and Seoul. As of August 2017, WFUNA’s Peace and Security work relates to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and specifically Sustainable Development Goal 16, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Youth, Peace and Security, Security Council Reform and Nuclear Security.

Position Description: Peace and Security Intern

The Peace and Security intern will assist WFUNA’s Peace and Security Senior Officer with the organization’s Peace and Security related work. In addition, the intern will have general WFUNA’s staff duties. This position is based in WFUNA’s New York office and applicants must have a valid US Visa.

The main responsibilities of this position include the following:

·      Assist the Peace and Security Officer in following all relevant UN processes and events related to WFUNA’s Peace and Security work, in particular with regards to the 16+ Forum.

·      Attend relevant meetings related to WFUNA’s Peace and Security Work, and liaise with relevant civil society representatives, UN personnel, UN Missions and UN Associations as needed.

·      Update and maintain contact databases and mailing lists.

·      Participate in meetings of relevant civil society networks and working groups, including the NGO Working Group on the Security Council, and report back on discussions, outcomes and action items.

·      Support the Peace and Security Office in coordination of work, including liaising with other WFUNA staff and partners.

·      Assist in the development of grant proposals, concept notes, and agendas, including liaising with other WFUNA staff and partners.

Additional responsibilities:

·      Organizing meetings, conference calls, and events; taking notes and drafting summaries; and producing other project-related materials, including timelines and checklists.

·      Assist in administrative duties, such as answering phones, printing/copying, and data entry.

·      Assist with communications and outreach activities, correspondence, website updates and social media.


·      Access to UN Headquarters in New York: conferences, events and resources.

·      Professional Development: through in-office training and experience working on UN priority issues related to governance and prevention, among others.

·      Networking opportunities and ability to make contact with UN staff, diplomats, civil society members from around the world.

·      This internship is unpaid, but a monthly MTA card will be provided.


·      Undergraduate degree required, postgraduate degree or coursework towards a graduate-level degree preferred.

·      Ability to self-start, prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and technical skills.

·      Interest in international affairs, peacebuilding and/or peacekeeping.

·      Fluency in English is required; knowledge of a foreign language is a plus.

·      Experience with Salesforce or database management is a plus.

·      Experience with social media and website management is a plus.

·      Preference will be given to candidates who possess prior experience/knowledge of UN activities related to Peace and Security.

Due to high levels of interest, we will only respond to prospective e candidates. Please note we cannot respond to email or telephone requests about this position.

Due to visa restrictions, position will be given to applicants who possess a valid US visa. 

How To Apply