About us

The ILO’s office in New York (ILONY) ensures that ILO core priorities are presented to the relevant United Nations fora, including the General Assembly and ECOSOC. It contributes to the coordination of follow-up activities on major United Nations conference and is responsible for the representation of the ILO at United Nations and other meetings in New York.

ILO Office for the United Nations
One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
885 Second Avenue, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1.212.697.01.50
Fax: +1.212.697.52.18
Email: newyork@ilo.org

Special Representative to the United Nations and Director Mr. Vinicius Carvalho Pinheiro
Programme Analyst  Ms. Amber Barth
Senior Multilateral Cooperation Specialist  Mr. Matthieu Cognac
Policy Specialist - Women’s Economic Empowerment  Ms. Laura Addati
Data Science Officer Dr. Kelly A. Gleason
Technical Officer Ms. Ewa Staworzynska
Secretary and Receptionist Ms. Jessica Pak

Internship Opportunities

BACKGROUND: The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. Applications from non- or under-represented member States would be particularly welcome.

An internship with the ILO provides an opportunity to:

(a) Increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) Gain practical work experience with the ILO directly related to their field of studies.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.

Description of duties for the Internship on Multilateral Cooperation and Outreach:

TIEMFRAME: February 2020 - May 2020

The ILO office for the United Nations ensures that ILO core priorities are presented to the relevant United Nations fora, including the General Assembly, in particular the Second and Third Committees, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its functional commissions. It contributes to the coordination of follow-up activities on major United Nations conference and is responsible for the representation of the ILO at United Nations and other meetings in New York.

As an intern with the ILO Office for the United Nations, you will be exposed to the day-to-day operations at the United Nations as it relates to development and policy priorities of the ILO. You will gain experience in the planning and implementation of activities designed to raise awareness of the ILO’s work and to promote support for and a better understanding of its aims and programmes through engagement in various UN meetings. You will gain experience in working as part of a diverse team and engaging with various audiences, including ILO constituents (governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations), policy makers, donors, academia, the UN system and civil society.

Duties will include:
Attend meetings and events to stay current on issues and actions that are relevant to the ILO’s mandate and provide clear and concise briefs of meetings;
Develop content for the office website and for media outreach
Undertake research on key issues for the production of statements and talking points for use at UN meetings;
Assist in the development and/or sourcing of information materials for distribution to UN Member States as well as other key stakeholders to enhance their understanding and knowledge of ILO activities on relevant development issues
Support the organization of technical briefings and outreach activities at the UN;

Description of duties for the Internship on Women's Economic Empowerment:

"Promoting economic empowerment of women at work through responsible business conduct - G7 countries" project conducted by the ILO and UN Women and financed by the EU aims at supporting sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth by promoting women's economic empowerment in public and private sector in G7 countries. Its specific objectives are to: (1) facilitate dialogue and exchanges among G7 countries' public and private sector; and (2) further engage with the private sector in the elimination of gender inequality faced by women in the world of work. To achieve its objectives, the project activities will raise awareness and build capacity on international standards and approaches to promoting women's economic empowerment. This includes tool development, research and the dissemination of good practices among public authorities, business, trade unions and other relevant stakeholders.

The intern will work under the supervision of the Policy Specialist - Women's Economic Empowerment and the direction of the Director of the ILO Office in New York and will be based in the ILO Office for the United Nations in New York for the purpose of contributing to the project implementation. Specific tasks include:
1. Assist in the production of knowledge and capacity development outputs on women’s economic empowerment, including by carrying out research and analysis of G7/EU country data, policies and initiatives on gender equality issues;
2. Assist in the development, planning and implementation of dissemination activities, including webinars, that help maximise the opportunities to highlight the project’s work and the presence of ILO Constitutes as well as ILO, EU and UN-Women experts;
3. Provide inputs and assist in the development of communications products, including through the ILO web page, for awareness raising of the project’s topics and maximising distribution opportunities offered by on-line and social media channels;
4. Assist in the monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities of the project;
5. Provide other support to project activities, events and meetings to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the project.



An intern must hold or be currently enrolled in a Masters’ degree or PHD programme, including but not limited to, gender studies, economics, development studies, political science, law, business, policy analysis and other relevant studies. This internship assignment follows the rules and policies for internships that are consistent with the UN Secretariat internships programme.

• Excellent writing skills and demonstrated experience with qualitative and quantitative research on gender equality at work;
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
• Initiative, creativity, and flexibility;
• Ability to work under pressure, and as part of a team comprised of people from diverse national and cultural backgrounds;
• Ability to use analytical tools to present data and research findings for publications and other information materials.

UN Competencies:

  • Professionalism — Proven conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills and ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identifying issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations;
  • Planning and organizing — Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan;
  • Commitment to continuous learning — Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of communications, external relations and knowledge management;
  • Technological awareness — Solid computer skills and their application to design and project management, including proficiency in word processing and standard office software packages;
  • Teamwork — Strong interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective relations with people of diverse national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Communication — Proven ability to write clearly and to communicate effectively orally; demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships.
Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of at least one of the other working languages of the ILO (French or Spanish) is encouraged.

Please submit an updated resume and cover letter no later than 31 January 2020 for the Internship on Multilateral Cooperation and Outreach, and no later than 9 December 2019 for the Internship on Women's Economic Empowerment to the following email: newyork@ilo.org
Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. You will only be contacted if selected for an interview.

Please only apply for an internship if you fulfill the following three criteria:
(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.
(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).
(3) You are currently following a course of study (last year of Master degree or above), or have completed studies within 12 months prior to this application.

US$ 1500 per month

Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship.

Conditions of internships:
Please note that cost of travel and accommodation as well as living expenses, are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for obtaining the necessary passport and visa or other documents for entering the U.S and for arranging their own accommodation.