Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Internship, New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations - New York

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

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Applications Close - End of Day: 04-08-2017


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The Mission engages interns year-round and seeks to create internships rich in professional value. Internships are intended to give participants exposure and experience in the operations of the Mission and the United Nations. The expectation is that interns will support the Mission’s staff in advancing New Zealand’s interests at the United Nations.

To succeed in the internship, interns should be capable of quickly developing a sound understanding of New Zealand’s foreign policy positions.  Common tasks interns are required to perform include attending and reporting on various meetings and events at the United Nations, assisting with research, contributing to high-level visits, and providing administrative and event support. It is essential that interns have strong communication skills and excellent judgement.

Internships are typically for four months, with commencement dates staggered throughout the year.

Eligibility We prioritise giving internship opportunities to New Zealand citizens and residents. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.

The New Zealand Mission’s work touches on a broad number of international issues. This diversity of thought is reflected in our people. We encourage applications from a wide-range of backgrounds. 

Qualifications, skills, and knowledge Desired qualifications, skills and experience:

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Flexibility and willingness to undertake a wide range of tasks, including administrative tasks.

• Possess a strong delivery focus – sets high standards including accuracy and attention to detail.

• Ability to work within guidelines.

• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective relationships and to work within a team.

• Ability to anticipate issues and problems and think of effective solutions.

• Displays personal integrity and an honest and ethical approach.

• Ideally, applicant’s background and/or field of study should be relevant to the work of the New Zealand Mission. Common backgrounds include Politics, International Relations, International Law, Economics, Human Rights, International Development, Indigenous Studies, and Peacekeeping.

Funding Internships are unpaid and interns are fully responsible for their own costs (including accommodation, insurance and travel expenses).  However, a modest stipend will be available to offset part of the cost of undertaking the internship.

Prospective interns should be aware of the high cost of living in New York. Current students may be able to offset the costs by applying for internship grants and/or academic credits from their academic institution.

Additional Requirements Interns are required to carry comprehensive travel insurance with adequate cover for medical expenses and personal liability for the duration of their assignments.   Interns are required to sign a standard undertaking covering non-government personnel participating in government delegations.

Visa Requirements The Mission will facilitate a G2 visa for the duration of the internship. Successful applicants already in the United States on different visa may be able to stay on this visa for the duration of the internship – this will need to be discussed with the Mission in advance of starting.

Application Applications should include a covering letter setting out the applicant’s interest in, and suitability for, an internship, accompanied by a CV, academic transcript (these can be informal transcripts), and the contact details of two referees. 

Applicants should clearly indicate the commencement date of the internship they are applying for.  Prospective interns already in the United States should advise their current visa status.

Current Opportunities We are currently recruiting interns for four-month internships commencing at the following times:

•       One position: 20 February – 22 June 2018

•       One position: 21 May – 28 September 2018

•       One position: 25 June – 26 October 2018

•       One position: 2 July – 9 November 2018

•       Two positions: 27 August – 21 December 2018

•       One position: 1 October 2018 – 31 January 2019

•       One position: 29 October 2018 – 28 February 2019

Applications must be received by 5.00pm, Friday 4 August (New York time) and should be sent by email to nzpmun@gmail.comwith the subject line “NYK Intern Application”

Feedback Due to the high volume of applications, we will not be able to provide feedback on applications that are not shortlisted.

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