The United Nations Organisation is calling applications for the United Nations Administrative Law Division Internship for law graduates (United Nations Legal Affairs Internship 2020).

The Administrative Law Division (ALD) is seeking highly motivated graduate students who wish to gain professional experience in administrative law within an international organization. This three to six-month internship
offers practical educational experience and provides interns with the opportunity to work in a multicultural, intergovernmental organization.

Interns perform tasks under the supervision of a Legal Officer from either the Appeals and Accountability Section or the Critical Incident Response Service. Interns assist in preparing advice on disciplinary matters, conducting legal research, and analyzing issues arising from the application of the Staff Regulations and Rules. Interns also assist counsel to prepare written and oral submissions in proceedings before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal. They assist to draft various legal documents and communications, support information and knowledge management practices and perform other duties as required.

Worth of Award

  • The United Nations Law Internship 2020 is UNPAID and full-time.
  • Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.


Education To qualify for the United Nations Legal Affairs Internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation; or
  • If pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree in Law or an area related to Law;
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  •  Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of French is desirable.

How to Apply

  • ALD is offering an internship during the Summer of 2020. A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.The Cover Note must include:
  • The exact title and receipt date of your most recent degree and the title of any degree currently being pursued;
  • Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme in which you are enrolled);
  • List the IT skills and programmes in which you are proficient;
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for the Administrative Law Division and how the internship fits within your career plans;
  • The period for which you will be available during Summer 2020, along with your estimated and preferred start and end dates of the internship.
  • In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: The application for the United Nations Legal Affairs Internship 2020 closes on April 7, 2020

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