UN – Dept of Economic and Social Affairs – Statistics Division


Friday, August 30, 2019

Opening: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=117769&Lang=en-US

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Statistics intern positions are in the various Branches within the Statistics Division (SD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), based in New York. Statistics interns typically report to the Chief of a Section or to a Statistician. The DESA/SD internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, depending on the needs of the department. 

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours).


Under each substantive area within the Division, including Economics Statistics, Demographic and Social Statistics, Environment and Geospatial Information as well as Statistical Capacity Development, the Statistics Interns will be responsible for the following duties in general for specific projects:

•Assists in designing, organizing, planning and managing the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of statistical data.
•Assists in developing, implementing and managing statistical database(s).
•Assists in training and technical support on data collection programmes, country practices and other related information.
•Performs methodological research as inputs for technical documentation.
•Prepares draft technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and assists in drafting relevant reports.
•Assists in the organization of seminars, working groups and expert meetings.
•Performs other duties as assigned.


•Professionalism: Ability to provide independent evaluations and analyze statistical data. Ability to prepare reports. 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. 
•Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
•Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


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

– 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);
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 statistical software application.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. Knowledge and experience in statistics, mathematics, economics, environmental sciences, environmental policy and management, computer science or related area is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage; Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.