Energy Access Intern, UN Foundation – Washington, DC


The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

The Foundation’s Energy and Climate Department has worked for two decades to help move the world toward a cleaner, climate-friendly energy future.  It is now a respected platform for bringing together policy makers, academics, business leaders and the UN to lead the way toward a low-carbon future.

The UN Foundation has been engaged over the past decade in building momentum and high-level support for access to sustainable energy, including for the establishment of a standalone Sustainable Development Goal for energy and the launch of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).  Today, we support the UN’s efforts to expand energy access by:

  • Building critical market infrastructure by advocating for and coordinating the off-grid energy market through the Energy Access Practitioner Network and the Mini-Grids Partnership.
  • Working to help ensure that sustainable energy solutions benefit the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach populations, with a focus on enabling quality health services – particularly for women and children – through our Powering Health Care initiative on innovative clean energy solutions in resource-constrained environments.


  • Provide communications support, including drafting tweets, live-tweeting webinars and events, drafting website content, and compiling content for monthly newsletters
  • Provide administrative and event management support, including printing materials, tracking invitations, and assisting with day-of event logistics
  • Support staff by preparing background materials and conducting research as necessary;
  • Assist with managing program data, including contacts, materials, records, etc.;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
  • Must be detail-oriented and have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with social media management, communication and/or data analysis a plus.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities.

Benefits & Compensation

The UN Foundation offers unpaid full and part-time internships. The Intern, Energy Access should be able to start in January 2019.

Other Information

The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships during the following:

Fall: September –December

Spring: January-April

Summer: May-August

*Please note that actual internship dates may vary slightly.



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