Economic Affairs Internship, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

uninternshipThe Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC\CEPAL) 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 supporting 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 summer internship in the Washington Office of ECLAC will start in June 2015 and last 3 to 6 months, depending on the needs of the Office. Candidates may be selected throughout the posting period, on an “as-needed” basis. Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (work five days per week; 32 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Office, but they may undertake flexible working arrangements, subject to certain conditions.

The internship is UNPAID. All costs of travel and accommodation, including living expenses, must be covered by the intern or any relevant sponsoring institution.

Interns play an important role in assisting in the execution of the substantive work of the Office. Interns engage in economic analysis with a focus on trade, international finance, and development.

Daily duties may include:

  • Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents
  • Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings
  • Document and internet research
  • Working on web-presentation
  • Compiling statistics
  • Media analysis

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

  • The Program typically seeks candidates in the majors of economics, international trade and finance, development economics and related fields
  • Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation
  • 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 Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter
  • 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.
  • Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Spanish is advantageous.

For more information, and to apply, visit and search “Job Openings” for the internship.

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