Intern, Economic Affairs, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, UN – Washington, DC

The Spring internship, in the Washington Office, will last 3 to 6 (3 min/6 max) months, depending on the needs of the Office. Candidates may be selected throughout the posting period, on an “as-needed” basis.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region’s economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at for further information.


The Intern will perform the following duties:

– Assisting in the execution of the substantive work of the Office;
– Engaging in economic analysis with a focus on trade, international finance, and development;
– Research and investigate international trade and finance issues of relevance to Latin America and the Caribbean region;
– Collect information from official country data, specialized agencies and other sources;
– Review and compile the collected data and information, prepare reports and update databases of the Office, incorporating appropriate tables, graphs, charts with references;
– The intern may also be asked to assist in the day-to-day work of the Office if required.


• Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

– For this internship, studies in the area of economics, statistics or equivalent is desirable.


Learn more and apply by November 10:

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